Crowds fill Balloon Fiesta Park for Freedom 4th


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Approximately 60,000 people filled Balloon Fiesta Park for a successful Freedom Fourth celebration.

Weather conditions held up to allow for a full 25-minute show that was definitely a crowd-pleaser.

Organizers had braced for weather that could have meant a big change of plans.

People started filling the park at 3 p.m. for live music, food and a car show.

The fireworks can go on rain or shine, but officials had been worried about lightning.

With Albuquerque’s July monsoon season, weather is a factor event planners have to be prepared for every year.

Fireworks technicians were also concerned about wind conditions, which could endanger the crowd if it changed course during the show.

Wynonna and the Big Noise headlined the event with a concert before the fireworks display.

The city and state did everyone a favor by halting construction on the Paseo/I-25 project.

Drivers, however, should be aware that northbound Jefferson is closed until 11 p.m.

Planning for the show started last year and the fireworks crew started prepping on Sunday.

It’s costing the city about $180,000 to pay for everything from security to entertainment.

About $40,000 goes toward the ultimate Independence Day tradition, fireworks.

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