4th of July Holiday & Weekend Events

Several events will take place in Rio Rancho to celebrate this year’s Fourth of July weekend and holiday; 

15th Annual Pork & Brew, June 29 to July 1 at the Santa Ana Star Center

The Pork & Brew event will be held both inside and outside of the Santa Ana Star Center on Friday, June 29th from 3pm to 9pm; Saturday, June 30th from 11am to 7pm; and Sunday, July 1 from 12pm to 6pm.

This year’s event will again feature some of New Mexico's breweries with the likes of Tractor Brewing Company, Red Door Brewing Company, and local Rio Rancho favorite Cazuela's Brewery. Over twenty different microbrews will be on tap throughout the event. For the beer enthusiasts, there will be an expanded seating area with live, local music throughout each day.

One major change to this year's event is the elimination of "BBQ Bucks". Vendors will now be accepting cash and credit cards for payment.

Between chomps of fantastic BBQ, you can check out local arts and crafts vendors and burn off some calories by dancing to live music. Kids can get in on the fun with face painting and a few trips through the bouncy houses. There will also be kid’s watermelon and adult pie eating contests daily! Come see why Pork & Brew was named the 2017 'Event of the Year' by the New Mexico Hospitality Association!

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The per day admission prices for the event are $6 for general admission; $4 for active duty military with ID; free for ages 3 and under; $4 for ages 4 to 12; and $4 for those ages 65 and older. For more information including details on how to purchase tickets, visit www.visitriorancho.org, www.santaanastarcenter.com, or contact the city of Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau at (505) 891-7258.  The Santa Ana Star Center is located at 3001 Civic Center Circle.

Pork & Brew is presented by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau and hosted by the Santa Ana Star Center.

Parade with Bike-Decorating Contest

Mayor Gregg Hull will read a 4th of July Proclamation to kick off the parade. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and travel throughout the City Center area (Civic Center Circle, etc.) and near the Santa Ana Star Center. Parade road closures: Arena Drive NE starting at Unser Boulevard; HP Way; King Boulevard NE at HP Way; Civic Center Circle; PDV Bypass NE; and Event Way NE.

The registration fee to take part in the parade is $15 per entry/float. The deadline to register to participate for the parade is June 29 and can be done online, in person at City Hall, or over the phone by calling Parks, Recreation and Community Services at (505) 891-5015. Veterans groups are encouraged to call to register.

As part of the parade, children and their parents are encouraged to participate by riding decorated bicycles. Bike registration will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the parade in the upper parking lot just southwest of the Santa Ana Star Center. Prizes in three different age groups – 5 to 7, 8 to 10, and 11 to 15 – will be awarded to the bike that is decorated the best, most patriotic, and most original. Bikes will join the last entry in the parade. Helmets must be worn by all children riding a bike.

Fireworks Extravaganza

The fireworks show at Loma Colorado Park will be a showstopper again this year! Bring the whole family for some summer fun. Listen to some music and check out the dazzling display from the best spot in the city. Blankets and coolers are permitted. Food vendors will be on-site. No glass or alcoholic beverages allowed. Live music starts at 6:00 p.m. Fireworks display starts at 9:00 p.m.

For more information please call the Cabezon Community Center at 505-892-4499 or City Hall at 505-891-5015.

Additional Information

All event start times are subject to weather, and may be canceled due to such conditions as rain, wind, or lightning.

For more information about the city’s Fourth of July holiday events, please contact the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (505) 891-5015.

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