Free outdoor festival featuring family entertainment, a lineup of some of New Mexico’s favorite bands, water slide and jump balloons, BBQ and food for sale, and NM Tech’s Famous Fireworks Display at Dark.
Celebrate the Fourth in Socorro: Entertainment, Food, Fun – And No Crowds!
Tired of the crowds, the search for parking, and high concession prices? Wouldn’t you like to listen and dance to New Mexico’s favorite music – for free?
Here’s a sizzling tip: Ditch the Big City for the small town of Socorro and enjoy Independence Day as it was meant to be celebrated – with music, entertainment, food, fun, and fireworks in a friendly community setting. New this year is a parade to open the day, starting at 10 a.m. at the Historic Plaza, going down California, up Bullock, and ending at the music venue, Macey Center.
New Mexico Tech and City of Socorro have just the ticket: a 24th annual Fourth of July celebration on the grassy grounds of the campus north of Macey Center that’s free to all – and so is parking.
“Consider coming to Socorro for the Fourth, and leave the hassles of the city behind,” said Ronna Kalish, director of Tech’s Performing Arts Series (PAS) and event organizer. “And if you live here,” she added, “Well aren’t you lucky, this is the place to be! This is our 24th year coordinating the Fourth of July celebration, and we’ve learned a lot over the years.”
Indeed, food, beverage and other vendors moved several seasons ago to a larger area able to accommodate a bigger tent and more booths. Kalish and company also have tried to give the fans what they want, and that means lots of family options, such as Wise Fool, an interactive circus and puppetry group; water slides and balloon jump for the kiddies; traditional barbecue; and a lineup of first-rate entertainment, all back by popular demand.