Fourth of July Celebrations
Throughout the Enchanted Circle
Many communities throughout the Enchanted Circle have terrific family-friendly Fourth of July parades and later, a spectacular fireworks show. The eager can participate in many of them, so why limit yourself to just one!
Arroyo Seco – Beginning at 12 pm sharp, this annual parade is considered the quirkiest of the area’s offerings with unexpected floats and unusual costumes. Its participants proudly display their personal philosophies and political persuasions in an often humorous manner to the adoring crowds. The best people-watching is right here. Parking is limited, so come early! Festivities run from 10 am until 4 pm along the main thoroughfare, Hwy 150.
Eagle Nest – With a parade beginning at 2pm and fireworks over the lake after dark (about 9:30 pm), nearly everyone in this small community (and from several of the surrounding ones) participates in these events. The crowd of spectators is swelled by visitors lodged in local campgrounds and RV parks from all over the southwest who come to cheer on the floats and enjoy a fabulous BBQ lunch at the Volunteer Fire Department in town. Activities begin at 11 am until 5 pm. Not to be missed! Call (575) 377-2420 for more information.
Red River – The Annual 4th of July Main Street Parade is a time-honored tradition in Red River. The first parade of the day begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. and proceeds westward down Main Street. After the parade stroll down to Brandenburg Park where you can enjoy an AWESOME live performance by a regional band, delicious food, refreshing beverages, and good old fashioned family fun! For more information call 877-754-1708.
Taos Ski Valley – ‘TSV’ as it’s known to the locals, offers a parade, a rubber duck race, fun games and live music. The rubber duckie race starts at 2 p.m. with the parade, music and other events to follow. It’s all free. Call 800-517-9816.
Taos - While it leaves the parades to other nearby communities, Taos does host an hour-long annual professional fireworks display at the Salazar Road Extension, put on by the Town of Taos Volunteer Fire Department. This prime location allows the show to be seen throughout the area. Fireworks launch once the sky is fully dark, usually around 9:15 pm.
Photos of Arroyo Seco and Eagle Nest parades by J. Hoover