LAS CRUCES – Happy Independence Day! The Fourth of July is on a Monday this year, but holiday celebrations will be held throughout the weekend in Las Cruces, Mesilla and the surrounding southern state.
The area traditionally celebrates the date in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was ratified by the Continental Congress as does much of the rest of the country — with parades, fireworks, concerts and backyard barbecues.
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Let's take a look at the special events in the area this year:
Roswell UFO Festival
Roswell’s annual UFO festival will be held July 1-3 this year and will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, when debris from a “flying saucer” or some kind of UFO was found on a ranch nearby the southeastern city in 1947.
Events will take place throughout town at locations including the Roswell Visitor Center, Roswell Convention Center, Spring River Zoo and others.
Event dates and times include:
1-10 p.m. July 1
10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 2
10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 3
A fire and drone light show, 5K walk/run Alien Chase, laser shows, sci-fi movies and costume contests are among the festivities planned. Country music band Midland will also headline the main concert at DeBremond Stadium July 2. Doors will open at 5 p.m., general admission tickets are $15.
More information and a full schedule of the events can be found online at https://ufofestival.com/.
Salzza y Mazz Fourth of July weekend bash at Amaro Winery
Amaro Winery, at 402 S. Melendres St., will host music and dancing at their tasting room Saturday, July 2. Salsa, bachata, cumbia, county and line dancing will all be featured on the outdoor patio dance floor starting at 7 p.m. A live DJ will also be on hand. Beer and wine will be available.
Parks & Recreation’s Electric Light Parade
The City of Las Cruces’ Parks & Recreation Department will again host the annual Electric Light Parade at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3. The theme this year is “Patriotic Spirit and American Dreams!”
Organizations, car and motorcycle clubs and others will have their vehicles decked out in lights, ready to cruise down Solano Drive. The parade will begin at 9 p.m. at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid Ave. Participants will head south on Solano Drive, east on Hadley Avenue and then come to a stop at Maag Softball Complex.
Participants will be presented with trophies for first through third place based on originality, depiction of the theme and effective use of the lights.
The Electric 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, sponsored by Las Cruces Running Club, will take place along the route before the parade. The mile run starts at 7:30 p.m. and the 5K at 8 p.m. and each will start and finish in front of the Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave. The runs are free to all runners ages 14 and under. Older runners pay a fee. Runners can pre-register at runsignup.com before July 2. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Live music at the Rio Grande Winery
Live music, dancing, food and wine will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. July 4 at the Rio Grande Winery, 5321 N. Highway 28. Live music will be provided by Southern New Mexico group Steppin’ Up, playing music of a range of genres.
Barbecue at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in Sunland Park will offer a special BBQ menu Monday from 6-9 p.m. Smoked pork ribs, coal roasted BBQ beef ribs, al pastor and roasted pineapple, half roasted chicken marinated in citrus mojo, King Oyster Mushroom pasta with roasted cippolini are available as choices for entrées. Sides and desserts are also on the menu.
Reservations for Monday night can be made by calling 575-589-0653 ext. 1. Ardovino’s is located at 1 Ardovinos Dr., Sunland Park.
City Fourth of July concert headlined by Plain White T’s
The City of Las Cruces’ free Fourth of July concert will be held at New Mexico State University this year with Raúl Malo of the Grammy Award-winning band the Mavericks opening and popular band Plain White T’s headlining. The annual concert will take place at the Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park on NMSU’s main campus, located at 3205 Arrowhead Dr.
The concert will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, July 4 with the annual fireworks display following. Gates open at 4 p.m. Food vendors will be available for attendees. There's no charge to attend.
Fourth of July in Mesilla
The Town of Mesilla’s annual July 4 celebrations will feature music and fireworks this year. Neal McCowan will provide live music on the historic plaza from 7 to 9 p.m. July 4. A firework display, provided by Planet Fireworks, will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Head over to the town for music, but also take in the sweets and eats the area businesses and restaurants have available too.
This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: Las Cruces Fourth of July events calendar