ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - More than 60,000 people poured into Balloon Fiesta Park ready to celebrate the Fourth of July with the city's annual fireworks show.
Despite a thunderstorm competing with the fireworks for best light show, rains for the most part held off. Last year, rains poured on the crowd and keep many people home.
We've been hearing the warnings all summer about how dry it is and how dangerous it is when it comes to fire conditions.
And that's why the city and firefighters were hoping for a huge crowd.
Beyond the fireworks, one of the highlights of the show was the headliner, country artist John Michael Montgomery.
Montgomery said he has a favorite part about being in Albuquerque.
"Twin Warriors golf course - every time I come through here, I always try to play it," he said. "Love that course."
Montgomery said he was excited to play for a huge crowd on July 4.
"That's what this country is about, is today," he said. "If there's one exclamation mark of this year long of politics and everything, it's today."
An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.