Hey America, It’s Your Birthday!
Here’s How We Celebrate in Las Cruces.
It’s time for the City’s free annual 4th of July Celebration and this year, it’s electric! A two-day celebration full of free family fun from 5K’s and fun runs, rocking music, to an electrifying light parade and breathtaking fireworks over the city. Don’t miss a minute of this rockin’ party brought to you by The City of Las Cruces and NMSU. There’s plenty of parking and lots of room at the Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park on the NMSU campus. Pack up the family and come on down.
4th of July Electric 4K and 1 Mile Fun Run – Wednesday, July 3
Get your holiday off on the right foot with the Electric 5K and the One-Mile Fun Run.
This tradition is one of the great events of summer. Lace up and join in the excitement of this 3.1-mile race along the parade route of the Electric Light Parade. Casual and serious runners are welcome to run this twilight evening running race along a closed road secure course. The One Mile Fun Run follows at 7:40 with the parade directly after.
Paid participants get a T-Shirt.
Date: July 3 – Registration at 7 pm, Starts at 7:45 pm
Location: Start and Finish at Meerscheidt Center
Cost: Early and Group Discounts
Age 14 and under FREE
For more information: lascrucesrunningclub.com
4th of July Electric Light Parade – Wednesday, July 3
America Rocks! And so does the Electric Light Parade.
Be there to watch this beautiful night spectacle. Watch as your friends, neighbors and local business community pass by in beautifully decorated lighted floats under the evening stars. Both car and motorcycle groups will participate as well. Pick your own favorite as the judges award trophies for the best overall float based on originality, a depiction of a theme (America Rocks!) and effective use of lights.
Families and groups are invited to decorate for the parade and the twilight running race.
When: July 3, Parade starts at 9 pm
Where: Begins at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid Avenue and travels south on Solano Drive, east on Hadley Ave and ends at Maag Softball Complex
For more info: Parks & Recreation Dept at 575-541-2550
2019 Fourth of July Celebration Concert & Fireworks – Thursday, July 4
Grab the family and come on out to join our community for a July 4th spectacular! A free evening of thrills and chills. The festivities kick off at 6 pm with a rocking concert. Jim Shimabukuro, ukulele virtuoso opens the show with a very special performance. He gained world attention with his take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and he has topped the Billboard World Music Charts. Night Ranger headlines the free concert. They’ve earned widespread acclaim with multi-platinum albums sold worldwide and over 3,500 live performances. You may hear some of your favorites like “Sister Christian” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me.” There will be food vendors on site.
The Annual Fireworks Display follows the concert at 9:45. Get ready to be wowed as we celebrate our independence and welcome summer with a bang. Don’t miss this stunning tradition.
When: July 4. Gates open at 4 pm. Music starts at 6 pm. Fireworks at 9:45
Location: Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park, 3205 Arrowhead Drive, NMSU Campus.
For more information: Parks and Recreation Department 575-541-2550
4th of July Annual Country Picnic – Thursday, July 4
Picnics, games and family time. Now that’s the 4th of July.
Head on out to La Vina Winery for a fabulous family day before the evenings’ concert and fireworks. Pack up your own picnic or grab a burger or dog from K&B Barbeque. They’ll be refreshments including wine, wine margaritas, soft drinks, and water. Enjoy musical entertainment, croquet, badminton, and cool off on the water slide. Tents, tables, and chairs will be provided. All you need to do is show up and have fun. No coolers or pets, please.
When: July 4, 11 am – 6 pm
Location: La Vina Winery, 4201 NM-28, Anthony, NM
For info: lavinawinery.com or 575-882-7632
4th of July Music & Fireworks in Mesilla – Thursday, July 4
The Town of Mesilla presents a Fourth of July Celebration with live music on the Plaza. XKE hits the Plaza from 7-9pm. The fireworks display begins at 9 pm on the corner of Avenida de Mesilla and Calle de Mercado. Admission is Free
When: Thursday, July 4. Starts at 7 pm. Fireworks at 9 pm
Location: Mesilla Plaza
For more information: Irene Parra, 575-524-3262
Las Cruces Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Festival 2019 – July 20
Taco-Topia takes over the Plaza!
The spectacular 5th Annual Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Summer Festival is coming to town. This year promises to be better than ever as they join forces with Salsa Fest!
Over 40 Tequilas to sample, live lucha wrestling, local taco trucks, Mariachi music, DJ’s, lawn games, and salsa sampling. Sounds like non-stop fun to us. The festivities start at 5 pm and run up to 11 pm.
When: July 20, 5pm-11pm
Location: Downtown Las Cruces Plaza
Admission: General (21+) $21 – Includes 10 Tequila samples, a branded sampling cup, all access entry and unlimited photos. VIP Amigo (21+) $41 in advance. Includes all of the above plus one taco plate and one customized merchandise item. $51 at the gates.
DD and Minors – (All Ages) $11 in advance. No fiesta for you!
When: July 20, 5pm – 11pm
Location: Downtown Las Cruces on the Plaza
For information: TTCfest.com
Pop Up Market – Wednesday nights (weather permitting)
Browse the goods of hundreds of artisans and vendors under the stars at the Wednesday night Pop Up Farmers & Craft Market. Enjoy the local entertainment and grab a bite from the food trucks.
When: Wednesday Nights, (weather permitting) 5:30 – 8:30
Location: Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces
For information: 575-201-3853
Music on the Plaza – Every Sunday
The Music in the Park Series continues with eclectic and talented performers every Sunday night at 7 pm all summer. Bring a blanket and relax under the stars for the free and family-friendly series of events.
- July 14 – Blaze the Nation (Rock & Roll) and Dead Like Disco (Pop Rock)
- July 21 – Zoltan & The Fortunetellers (Gypsy Jazz) and The Claudio Toulouse Group (Contemporary Jazz)
- July 28 – Triple Jack (Classic Rock) and Tanner Huston (Country, Folk, Americana)
When: Every Sunday, 7 pm
Location: Young Park, 1905 E Nevada Ave
For more info: Parks and Recreation Department, 575-541-2550
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