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4th of July Holiday & Weekend Events

A number of events will take place throughout Rio Rancho to celebrate this year’s Fourth of July holiday and weekend.

11th Annual Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship

The 11th Annual Pork & Brew State BBQ Championship will be held both inside and outside of the Santa Ana Star Center on Friday, July 4, 11 alogo.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 5, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The event will include local, regional, and national participants competing and selling food items.  In addition to world-class barbeque, the event will also feature arts and crafts vendors, popular beers, local micro-brews, and live entertainment.  For kids, a full range of fun jumps and activities will be available. 

The per day admission prices for the event are $5 for general admission; free for ages 3 and under; $3 for ages 4 to 12; and $3 for those ages 65 and older. For more information including participant and vendor registration, visit http://www.rioranchonm.org/porkandbrew, 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.

The Pork & Brew is hosted by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a fully sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) event - one of the top events on the society calendar.  With more than 14,000 in attendance last year, Pork & Brew has become one of the largest events in New Mexico. Winners may go on to participate at the American Royal event in Kansas City, Mo.

Parade with Bike-Decorating Contest and Ceremony

parade picture On Friday, July 4, an Independence Day parade will kick off at 10 a.m. and head east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard and end on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park. 

The deadline to register to participate in the parade has passed as of June 30, 2014.

As part of the parade, children and their parents are encouraged to participate by riding decorated bicycles.  Bike registration (there is no fee) will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the parade in the Bank of America parking lot, 3101 Southern Blvd. 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 as it travels down Southern Boulevard.  Helmets must be worn by all children riding a bike.

While the parade is taking place, from approximately 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the following roadways will be closed for motorist use:

  • Country Club Drive
  • Southern Boulevard from Country Club Drive to Pinetree Road
  • Pinetree Road to Oakmount Drive

Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes while the parade is taking place.

Immediately following the parade, a ceremony marking the 238th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence will take place at the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park located off Pinetree Road.  The ceremony will begin at approximately 11 a.m. and consist of guest speakers.

6th Annual Corbin Hayes Flag Football Tournament football tournament picture

The tournament will take place starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 4 at the Rio Rancho High School Football Stadium, 301 Loma Colorado Blvd.  There is no admission fee to watch the tournament as a spectator.

The deadline to register was July 1, 2014.

Tournament proceeds benefit the Cleveland and Rio Rancho high school football booster clubs and the Corbin Hayes Foundation.

Live Music

Live music will be performed throughout the day on two stages located at the Rio Rancho High School fields off Loma Colorado Boulevard from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 4. There is no admission fee. After 6 p.m., a $5 parking fee at the high school will be in place, which benefits the Rio Rancho and Cleveland high school booster clubs.  For more information, visit http://www.dbxfest.com.

Fireworks Extravaganza

The Rio Rancho High School Football Stadium off Loma Colorado Boulevard will serve as the best venue to enjoy one of New Mexico’s biggest and best fireworks shows on Friday, July 4 at approximately 9 p.m.  There is no admission fee to attend the fireworks show.

The stadium will open at 6 p.m. and concessions will be available for purchasefireworks picture.  Alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted.  Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. Parking will be available at the high school for a $5 fee, which benefits the Rio Rancho and Cleveland high school booster clubs.

  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 parade, bike-decorating
  contest, ceremony, flag football tournament, or fireworks
  extravaganza, please contact the city’s Parks, Recreation
  and Community Services Department at (505) 891-5015.

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