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; 

14th Annual Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship, July 1-3 at the Santa Ana Star Center

The Pork & Brew event will be held both inside and outside of the Santa Ana Star Center on July 1- 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and July 3 from 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, there will also be live music, interactive family activities, and pig races and a petting zoo courtesy of the Galloping Grace Youth Ranch. This year’s event will again feature some New Mexico breweries with the likes of Tractor Brewing Company, Red Door Brewing Company, and Cazuelas Brewery. Over twenty different microbrews will be on tap throughout the event.

Pork and Brew LOGO


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.rioranchonm.org or 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 and Bike-Decorating Contest

On July 4, an Independence Day parade will kick off at 10 a.m. and travel throughout the City Center area (Civic Center Circle, etc.) and near the Santa Ana Star Center.

The registration fee to take part in the parade is $15 per entry/float. The deadline to register to participate for the parade is July 1 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 front of Rio Rancho City Hall. 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, watch a movie, 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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