ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – As the United States turns 243 this July 4, many are expected to take part in the celebration. Below lists everything you need to know about events and closures in Albuquerque.
- Most city office will be closed including child development centers, senior centers, libraries, open space visitor center and the summer lunch program.
- Animal shelters will be closed, except for the intake desk and reclaims.
- There will be no ABQ Ride or Sun Van service on Thursday, July 4. There will also be no Rail Runner or Rio Metro bus service on Thursday.
What’s Open in Albuquerque
- Albuquerque BioPark: Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach, and Zoo open until 5 p.m.
- Albuquerque Museum is open until 5 p.m.
- Balloon Museum is open until noon.
- Lucky Paws Adoption Center: Open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 4.
- Shooting Range Park
- Swimming Pools: Open until 5 p.m.
- Golf Courses: Open dawn to dusk on July 4. Holiday tee times can be reserved beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3.
Public Firework Events
- Red, White and Balloons-4th of July Fireworks at Albuquerque International Balloon Museum from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- ABQ Isotopes Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza at Isotopes Park, at 5 p.m.
- Freedom Fourth at Balloon Fiesta Park from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Uber offers free rides Fourth of July weekend
The New Mexico Department of Transportation and other organizations have collaborated to prevent DWIs this Fourth of July weekend. Beginning Wednesday, July 3 at 12 p.m., the ‘Take a Ride on Us’ program is offering 1,200 rides through the Uber app using the code ABQUSA19. The program will continue through Sunday, July 7 at 3 a.m. Refunds are not provided for trips under $10.
How to keep pets safe on Fourth of July
Animal Welfare is encouraging pet owners to protect their pets from potential harm by taking these simple precautions during the Fourth of July festivities.
- Leave your pets at home and indoors. The noise of the fireworks for most pets could cause anxiety, fear and a desire to flee.
- Keep pets in a lit, cool, calm closed room with familiar sounds and chew toys that will help to distract and make the animal feel safe.
- Identification tags and microchips are a must in case the pet escapes. This will help to reunite the pets and the owners quickly and effectively. Please make sure information on tags and microchips are updated.
- If the pet gets especially stressed, ask your vet for help to calm your pet down.
Also, Animal Welfare is offering up a special deal for your pets ahead of the Fourth of July. This week, Animal Welfare is offering free microchipping to pet owners.
The City of Albuquerque would like to remind residents of firework regulations and safety. To minimize hazards, the city encourages residents to attend public firework shows rather than purchasing them.
However, if you see illegal fireworks report them on the 311 app or call 244-FIRE.
The following allowed to be sold and used within the city:
- Crackling devices
- Cylindrical fountains
- Ground spinners
- Flitter sparklers
- Cone fountains
- Ground and handheld sparklers/devices
- Illuminating torches
The following are prohibited to be sold and used within city limits:
- Aerial devices including spinners, helicopters, mines, missile-type rockets, Roman candles, stick rockets, and shells
- Ground audible devices such as bottle rockets and firecrackers
The City of Albuquerque states that after being ignited, aerial and ground audible fireworks have an erratic flight path which poses a fire hazard to surrounding structures, vegetation, and also to people. They are also recognized as devices that disturb the public peace.
Those who use illegal fireworks are subject to citations and immediate confiscation of illegal devices as they are considered by authorities to put the community at risk for fires. The use of such fireworks is considered a misdemeanor and can include a fine of up to $500 as well as 90 days in jail.
The following are events in Albuquerque that offer public firework shows
- During ‘Red Flag Warning’ days, fireworks should not be used to prevent fires
- Purchase fireworks from local vendors to ensure they are safe and legal within city limits
- Only use fireworks on paved or barren land to prevent combustible materials from catching fire such as houses and vegetation
- Have a hose or water source on hand in case of fires
- Do not allow children to handle fireworks and always have an adult present when using fireworks
- Read and follow fireworks directions carefully
- Dispose of used fireworks in a water bucket and ensure they are cool to the touch before disposing of the garbage
- Call 911 in case of a fire and leave the area immediately