Borderland residents celebrate Independence Day

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POSTED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 9:56am

UPDATED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 2:56pm

Thousands gathered at Hanks High School, and made their way to Eastwood Park for the 35th annual People's Parade.

Army Sergeant Major Joe Lopez said he usually celebrates Independence Day by going to a parade, but this year he didn't just attend the parade, he was selected to be the grand marshal.

Lopez earned more than 20 decorations as a Green Beret. He served in Vietnam and Central and South America...
He arrived in Fort Bliss in 1973.

"Freedom is not free. A lot of people have given their lives, some have given some, some have given all. And we have to understand that," Lopez said. 

While the parades kicked off early in the morning, no 4th of July celebration would be complete without fireworks.

Though the county has banned the sale use and possession of fireworks within county limits, there are still many places in the borderland where you can enjoy professional displays. 

"We don't really go out of the city limits and set them off or anything,  but watching them has always been a big thing," said Krista Powell, a resident in central El Paso. 

Lopez said it's important to not lose sight of the true meaning of this holiday.

"Who is it that give them this freedom? It's the people of the armed forces. They're the ones that really, really need a thank you," Lopez said. 

Events:

EL PASO

July 4th

 

FIREWORKS:

El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s 4th Annual "Pop Goes the Fort" Independence Day

Biggs Park, 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd.

4 p.m. Biggs Park will open
5:30p.m. A canon "Salute to the Union" followed by a performance of the 1st Armored Division Band.
8 p.m. El Paso Symphony Orchestra concert begins

For more information on the EPSO concert celebration contact:
Robert Caldwell, Special Events Coordinator
541-2705

Chamizal National Memorial - 7:30 p.m. - 800 S San Marcial St.

FREE Admission
El Paso Wind Symphony’s annual Independence day performance of patriotic music followed by a fireworks.

Wet & Wild Waterworld - 8804 South Desert Boulevard

Tickets & Additional information: http://wetnwildwaterworld.com

 

OTHER EVENTS:

Rim Neighborhood Parade and Costume Event

The corner of Rim, Brown, and Kerbey down to the Upper Tom Lea Park at the corner of Rim Road and St. Vrain

9:45 a.m. Anyone interested in walking or cycling in the parade should be here at this time
10 a.m. Parade begins
Bring your friends, family, and pets. The parade is open to all El Pasoans.
Decorate your bikes, scooters, and even your pets!
Costume contest categories include girls, boys, pets, bikes and family.
For more information on the Rim Area Event contact:
Bob Brannon
545-2935

Hot Dog Eating Contest - 2 p.m. - 2nd Base Bar and Grill - 1700 N. Zaragoza

Free Admission
Over 15 contestants trying to win the First Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. A portion of the proceeds, including T-shirt sales, benefit the American Cancer Society and Marisela Lujan.

So Loud Massive - 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. - El Paso County Coliseum Parking Lot - 4100 E. Paisano

Lineup: ZEDS DEAD, Milo & Otis, TWRK, Ace, Amer Jandali, Johnny Kage, Tommy Bustillos, Joey Funk, Sal Beltran, Gabeskee, Jack Bass, Dack Janiels, Filth.wav
Tickets Available at Local outlets: All that Music, Craze Yogurt, Dream Arena

First Friday ArtWalk & Ghost Tour - 6 to 10 p.m. - San Elizario Historic District

FREE ArtWalk
Ghost Tour is $10
More information: http://www.sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org/

4th of July Family Festival - 6 to 10 p.m. - Harvest Christian Center

FREE Admission
More information: www.hccelpaso.com

July 6

Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Cruzeiro - Sun Bowl Stadium - 8 p.m. - Tickets at Ticketmaster

CLOSURES:

City Hall
County Offices
School Districts
Greater El Paso Landfill


LAS CRUCES

Las Cruces Independence Day Schedule
July 3
Parade and Fun Run

7:45 p.m. The Electric 5K Fun Run - Located at Main Street and Picacho Avenue (in front of Albert Johnson Park). For more information contact: www.lascrucesrunningclub.com
9 p.m. Electric Light Parade - Theme: Hats Off To America. Staging at 700 N. Main St., (in front of Las Cruces City Hall). The route is Church Street around to Water Street ends on north Main Street.

July 4
Annual Fourth for July Celebration
Location: Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Rd.

12 p.m. Youth and Family Activities include large-scale obstacle course along with group and team games
4 p.m. Local Bands
5:30 p.m. New Mexico Lottery Drawing - Three Harley-Davidson Motorcycles will be given away
6 p.m. Yesterday - Beatles tribute band
8 p.m. Don McLean- America's Legendary singer
9:15 p.m. Mayor's Welcome
9:30 p.m. 4th of July Annual Fireworks Display
10 p.m. Indigenous - Blues/Rock/Jazz

July 4th Celebration Parking: Mayfield High School, Picacho Middle School, and at the stadium.

- Viewing areas include the stadium (entertainment and activities) and soccer fields east of stadium (spectator area).

- No RVs or trailer parking allowed and absolutely no fireworks will be allowed in events area.
City of Las Cruces policy restricts pets at all City-sponsored events!

All entertainment and activities are FREE.

NEW MEXICO PARKS

Celebrate the Fourth of July at a New Mexico State Park

Santa Fe, NM
Celebrate your independence with the whole family at a New Mexico State Park! State Parks will have a variety of great events on the July 4th weekend.

Festivities and fireworks displays are at the following state parks:
July 4th

• Sumner Lake State Park
Join the Sumner Lake Fire Department for beautiful fireworks from 9-10:30 p.m.

• Eagle Nest Lake State Park
A spectacular fireworks display will be held at dark over Eagle Nest Lake.

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