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Where to catch fireworks this 4th of July, 2014

4th of July is more than a celebration of America's independence. It's a time for family, summer fun, food and most of all: fireworks! The tents have begun setting up around Albuquerque in preparation to sell fireworks to people who want to celebrate the 4th of July at their own home, maybe while grilling some burgers and enjoying fresh-cut watermelon. You got sparklers, poppers and a variety of sizes and colors of fireworks you can light as entertainment outside your home. Be sure to practice caution while doing so.

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While many love the option of viewing fireworks at home, many prefer to let others put on the show, complete with enormous fireworks lighting up the night sky. Here's a guide to how your family can catch a professional firework show taking place in Albuquerque in honor of the 4th of July. If you are in a New Mexico town outside of Albuquerque, see a complete list here.

The Albuquerque Isotopes will be having a fireworks show after the game on 4th of July as well as after the game on the 5th of July. These tickets sell out quickly, so get yours now before they run out. You can also listen into the game and as they approach the end of the game, park your car in a nearby parking lot to catch a spectacular show for free. While you normally are required to pay for parking for Isotopes games, by the end of the night the guards are more lenient and there are several parking lots to choose from if anyone tries to make you pay. You can also get out your blankets and watch from the grass.

If you live in or near Rio Rancho, they will be displaying fireworks at 9pm at the Rio Rancho high school football stadium for $5 admission.

The most popular professional firework show in Albuquerque in the Freedom Fourth celebration taking place at the International Balloon Fiesta Park. The celebration will be from 3-10:30 pm and will feature live music, family entertainment, food for sale, performances and much more. The firework show will be at 9:15 pm. Admission is free but parking is $10. Or catch the Park and Ride for only $1 and beat the crowd.

Whatever venue you choose, home or a professional firework show event, be sure to be safe and practice proper fire safety.

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