Albuquerque residents celebrate Fourth of July following lift of pandemic restrictions

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s something that we haven’t seen in more than a year, a massive, maskless crowd. The City of Albuquerque’s firework show at Balloon Fiesta Park returned on Sunday night.

Families told KRQE News 13 they were excited to be out and about, living life again with a crowd of people. Thousands of New Mexicans gathered at Balloon Fiesta Park for the Fourth of July to enjoy family, food, and fireworks.

Last year at this time the field was empty as with so many other major events, the Freedom Fourth Celebration was canceled due to COVID-19. “Last year was kind of, everybody was at home so nobody was really going out. We had a few fireworks in the street but that’s about it, nothing as exciting as this,” said Diego Trujillo.

“Last year, I didn’t go nowhere I just stayed home so it’s gonna be great,” said Susana Gibb. The City charged $20 per vehicle for this year’s event and there was enough room for a maximum of 3,500 vehicles and the City said that it sold out.

“I like it, the atmosphere of sitting out here and relaxing,” said spectator Federico Munoz.

The state fully reopened three days ago, so the City says it was difficult to book live music and more local vendors. Those taking in the view say this is still the best way to spend the holiday.

The fireworks show started at 9:15 p.m. and everyone headed back home after. The City of Albuquerque says it plans on bringing back the Freedom Fourth Celebration with live music, more vendors, and activities for kids in 2022.

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