Tens of thousands celebrate Independence Day at Albuquerque’s Freedom Fourth event

Freedom Fourth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Another year of Independence Day celebrations comes to a close Monday night. In the metro, tens of thousands of people came together for Albuquerque’s “Freedom Fourth” event.

The smoke cleared, the fireworks show ended, it went off without a hitch after hours of live music. It was the city’s annual free birthday bash for America.

There was a car show, dozens of food vendors, a microbrew garden and plenty of things for the kids to do.

Several live music acts also performed leading up to the headliner, country music band “Lonestar” who sang their hit song “Amazed,” among others.

“It’s been fun, I’ve been hanging out with my brothers and hanging or with my dad, really good, and I’m excited for the fourth of July,” said Justin Leithead who lives in Santa Fe.

After Lonestar’s performance came the fireworks display, which lasted about 30 minutes.

KRQE News 13 spoke with several people who said they were very impressed by how the city organized the event.

There were emergency responders around every corner, as well as trucks with trailers taking people to and from their cars.

Some showers did pass through Balloon Fiesta Park earlier Friday evening, but this event always goes on, rain or shine.

Really, no one seemed to mind the wet weather which quickly dissipated and made for a spectacular fireworks show.

Last year, between 60,000 to 80,000 people came out to Freedom Fourth. The city expects that number to only grow each year.

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