RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – The City of Rio Rancho will be throwing a bash this year in celebration of Independence Day. The celebration will occur on Tuesday, July 4, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Campus Park.

The free event will be packed full of fun, with a parade, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and fireworks. Music will be performed by the Rio Grande Symphonic Band and the New Mexico Philharmonic.

Event Schedule

  • Parade line-up – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Parade float judging – 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Food trucks and beer garden – 5 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
  • Parade through City Center – 6 p.m.
  • Rio Grande Symphonic Band performing in Campus Park Sky Room – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • NM Philharmonic performing in Campus Park Sky Room – 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
  • Fireworks Extravaganza – 9:15 p.m.

Parade Registration

Community members who want to participate in the parade are encouraged to decorate floats using a patriotic theme. Parade registration is free, and the deadline to register is Tuesday, June 27. To register for the parade, click here or call the parks department at (505) 891-5015.

Other Important Information

  • Event start times are subject to weather and may be canceled or delayed
  • Parking and park seating space is available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Blankets and coolers are permitted
  • No glass, outside alcoholic beverages, or grills are allowed
  • Visitors are asked to access City Center via Unser Blvd/King Blvd and Paseo Del Volcan/Broadmoor Blvd