What follows is a list of those organizations that will be closed during the 4th of July Holiday. In addition to the closures, we’ve added a listing of events for the holiday, that will be going on across our region, courtesy of our partners over at the El Paso Scene
City Offices Closed for Fourth of July – In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, all City of El Paso administrative offices will only be closed on Tuesday, July 4. The City will remain on regular business hours on Monday, July 3. Following the Fourth of July holiday, City offices will re-open at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5. A complete list of City services and facility closures is posted in the 2017 Independence Day City Holiday Closures banner at www.elpasotexas.gov
TXDOT – No closures for the next 5 nights and 4 days due to the Fourth of July break.
UTEP, EPCC for JULY 4TH
EPISD Offices will be closed July 3-12.
TTUHSC El Paso Closed for 4th of July Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. This includes both of the university libraries and all of the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso clinics. Regular hours of operation will resume Wednesday, July 5.
EVENTS courtesy EL PASO SCENE
El Paso Ice Cream Festival — El Paso Live and Dubow House Creative Services celebrate Independence Day Weekend with the family event 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at Cohen Stadium, with a variety of ice cream and other frozen treats, live entertainment and the “Red, White and Boom” Fireworks show. Portion of proceeds benefits “Scoops 4 Troops” benefitting the Fort Bliss MWR. Tickets (online): $12; $10 military; free for age 12 and younger. Information: 534-0600 or icecreamfestep.com.
The family-friendly celebration features the Price’s Super Scoop Zone, with more than 20 flavors of ice cream to taste for only $2 per scoop, as well as a Ben & Jerry’s zone, Tropicana Homes’ Sundae-Building Station, Fruity & Frozen Area, with non-dairy options, such as shaved ice. Other food tents from area eateries also offered.
The age 21+ Ice Cream Shoppe provides an adult alternative to the normal festival treats for those to eat responsibly including SnöBar Cocktails and Paleta Margaritas.
Live music, by Sorry About Your Sister The Scoops, Sam Barlow Band, and The Ruhmann Law, was well as artist demonstrations painting ice cream-inspired masterpieces on the outfield wall. Also featured are stilt walkers, a mushroom parade and local mascots.
Red White & Brew Wine and Beer Festival — The Fourth of July weekend event is 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 30-July 2, at Las Cruces Convention Center, with samples from regional wineries and micro-breweries, live music and vendors. Admission: $20 at the gate, $15 in advance; available at redwhiteandbrewfestival.com. Admission free to under 21 with parent or guardian. Cost is $10 for designated drivers; includes free bottle of water. Information: (575) 522-1232.
Friday’s headliner is Loud Boy Tim.
Saturday’s music by Vince Alten and Derrick Harris Band
Sunday’s music by Soulshine and CW Ayon Trio.
Independence Day Concert — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation presents the 1st Armored Division Band and Billy Townes during Independence Day events 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown, along with food and other live local entertainment. Admission is free. Information: 212-0092 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.
The 4th Annual Washas and Horseshoe Competition for age 10 and older is 6 to 8 p.m.
Ardovino’s Fourth of July — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, celebrates its 20th anniversary and Independence Day with a BBQ beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, with food, dancing and live music by Hypnosis, and a great view of surrounding fireworks displays. Reservations recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3 or ardovinos.com.
‘Pop Goes the Fort’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform patriotic and Broadway pops music, conducted by EPSO Assistant Conductor James Welsch, at the annual event 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park, featuring USO Show Troupe, the 1st Armored Division Band and Mariachi Raices de America. Show is preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a Cannon Salute to the Union. Fireworks display follows performance. Lawn chairs welcome; no pets, coolers, glass containers or alcohol permitted. Food and beer available for purchase. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 532-3776, 588-8247, epso.org or bliss.armymwr.com.
Access to Biggs Park is through the Biggs gate (Airport Road); photo ID required for adults.
‘A Masterpiece of Comic … Timing’ — El Paso Community College Performer’s Studio 2017 summer repertory presents the play by Robert Caisley 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30-July 9, at EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre, 9570 Gateway North, directed by Matthew Smith. All proceeds go to scholarships for Performance Studies students at EPCC. Admission: $15 general admission: $10 non-EPCC students, military; $7 EPCC students, faculty, staff and seniors. Available at the door; box office opens two hours before each performance. Information: 831-5056.
“A Masterpiece of Comic … Timing” is about a Broadway producer who wants to write the next comedy hit. He hires a writer who is suffering from depression and no one knows why.
Celebrating Independence Day
East Side 4th of July Parade — Anyone can join the annual Independence Day People’s Parade sponsored by El Paso Del Norte Lions Club, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. The parade starts at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino (at Montwood) and travels to Yarbrough then north on Album to Album Park. with floats, marching units, antique cars, horses and bicycles are among the entries. Sponsorships and donations welcome. Information: 204-5206 or on Facebook.
Restoration Fellowship, located at 10200 Album, will be celebrating “Freedom Fest” from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm July 4th. Just hop across the street from Album Park immediately following the East Side 4th of July Parade. We will have food trucks, activities for the kids, pony rides, a car show and a few surprises! Various civic and ministry non-profits will have booths to give out information about their organizations.
We are also sponsoring a food drive for Jesus Es Manna children’s feeding ministry in Juarez. Please bring canned goods or dry goods when you come and redeem them for goodies and prizes.
West Side Independence Day Parade — The Rotary Club of El Paso’s 21st annual Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Western Hills Church, 530 Thunderbird. This year’s theme is “Salute to Freedom – Texas Style,” with about 70 participating entries. This year’s Grand Marshals are Sheriff Richard Wiles and the men and women of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department. The 2.6-mile parade route will go from the church down Shadow Mountain, then up Mesa to Coronado High School. Information: 474-4241 or july4parade.com.
Hot Dog Cookout — El Paso Elk’s Lodge #187, 2278 Trawood, Suites C-E, hosts a free cookout at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, after El Paso Del Norte Lions Club July 4th Parade, with hot dogs (while supplies last), children’s games, music and more. Information: 532-4441.
La Viña Fourth of July Picnic — The winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., will host its 17th annual picnic 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, featuring musical entertainment. Bring a picnic or buy a hamburger or hot dog from K&B Barbeque. Croquet, badminton and a water slide. Wine, soda, water and wine margaritas for sale. No coolers and no pets. Admission is free. Visitors may bring their own lawn chairs. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
Freedom Festival — John Mark Mcmillan and Social Club Misfits perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, in the parking lot at Harvest Christian Center, 1345 New Harvest Place (next to I-10 just north of Helen of Troy). Bring lawn chairs. Food trucks, fireworks after concert. Admission: $15. Information: 585-9934 or hccelpaso.com.
Fourth of July at the Chamizal — The Independence Day GECU presents Music Under the Stars performance of patriotic music is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Chamizal National Memorial amphitheater, 800 S. San Marcial, with music by Neon Circus (Brooks & Dunn Tribute), and a fireworks show. Admission is free. Information: elpasolive.com or on Facebook at Music Under the Stars.
Abundant Living Faith Independence Day — The patriotic service is 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at both Abundant Living Faith Center campus, 1000 Valley Crest (east), and 7100 N. Desert (West). Annual fireworks display follows service on the East campus only. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543, alfc.com or on Facebook.
Wet ’N’ Wild Fireworks — The water park in Anthony, Texas will host an Independence Day Fireworks Show at dusk (around 9 p.m.) Tuesday, July 4. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.
Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
• Sean Rowe — Alternative folk singer-songwriter, 9 p.m. Monday, June 26. Tickets: $15-$17.
• Little Tybee — The Atlanta folk-rock band performs at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Tickets: $8-$10.
• Prince vs. MJ event with DJ Rene Romo is Friday, June 30, in The Perch. Age 21 and older only. Admission is free.
Cool Canyon Nights — The 7th annual summer series of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at McKelligon Canyon, Amphitheatre, sponsored by WestStar Bank. June 29: Mainstreet. Patio performances begin at 6 p.m. with headliner at 7 p.m. on the main stage. Craft beers and food truck, vendors, photo booths and more also offered. Admission is free. Information: 544-9550 or kisselpaso.com.
VIP ”Star Lounge” tickets are $10 at neonticket.com with a special seating area, private bar, plus mini appetizers while supplies last.
Alfresco! Fridays — The 15th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza. June 30: Ooh La La (’70s disco). Presented by ElPasoLive.com and sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0633, alfrescofridays.com or on Facebook.
Evander Griiim — The rapper and El Paso native performs at 7 p.m. Friday, June 30, at El Buchanan’s Event Centre, 11540 Pellicano. All ages show. Tickets: $10; available at All The Music and The Grooming Lounge. VIP Meet and greet tickets: $30. Information: 206-3959. ext 105 or on Facebook.
Joe Nichols — The country music star performs for the Let Freedom Sing concert series at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing’s event lawn, 1611 Pleasanton Road, with special guest Tim Hurley. Information: 564-5311, freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com or on Facebook at FreedomCrossing.
No coolers or outside food and beverages permitted. Chairs permitted on concrete areas only. The public is welcome; early arrival is encouraged.Valid government-issued ID required to enter Buffalo Soldier gate.
Fixed Idea — The local ska band performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1, with guest Los Chucanos at Rockhouse Bar and Grill, 9828 Montana. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook. Tickets: $5 ($10 age 18-21). Tickets available at holdmyticket.com. Information on Facebook at RockHouseDiveBarKitchen.
Markets & Bazaars
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, firstname.lastname@example.org or ardovinos.com.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
La Viña Sunday Market — La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road, hosts a farmer’s market featuring local food producers noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, with art, crafts, jams and jellies, food trucks, wine and more. No outside alcohol allowed. Dog friendly. Admission is free. Information: (575) 502-4074 or lavinawinery.com.
‘Viva El Paso!’ — El Paso Community Foundation, El Paso Live and EPCC present the summertime outdoor musical extravaganza with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 29, at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. July 21-22 shows in Spanish. Tickets: $20 ($12 ages 2-12, seniors 65 and older and military with valid ID). Opening weekend tickets (June 16-17) are $10 (Ticketmaster). Information: ElPasoLive.com.
The show features a refreshed script by Tony-winning El Paso playwright Marty Martin and chronicles the 400-year history and cultural evolution of the El Paso region. This colorful musical spectacular celebrates the four major cultures that have influenced the City of the Sun. The Native American, the Spanish Conquistador, the Mexican and the Western American cultures and their histories come alive through drama, song and dance by a cast of over 50 performers, including live mariachis with Mariachi Paso Del Norte and EPCC’s Mariachi Real De El Paso.
Keith Townsend, director of EPCC’s theatre and forensics program, is artistic director. The show features music by Jim Ward and Gabriel Gonzalez. New this year is a group of young performers, VIVA Kids, led by Margaret Barreras.
‘Re-Stories of the Borderland’ — The collection of contemporary dance performances depicting life along the border set to popular regional music is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 30-July 1, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.
‘Imparables’ — The hit Spanish-language comedy battle show featuring Adrian Uribe and Omar Chaparro is 8 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Ages 18 and older. Tickets: $39-$150 (Ticketmaster).
El Paso Chihuahuas — The city’s AAA baseball team hosts home games at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Game time is 7:05 p.m. except as listed. Tickets: $5-$24. Information: 533-BASE or EPChihuahuas.com.
• June 26-29: Sacramento River Cats. Youth Baseball Nights are Monday and Tuesday with Core-Four Bobblehead (Manuel Margot) Monday; softball night is Wednesday; Halloween Party Thursday.
• June 30-July 3: Reno Aces. ”Chihuahuas Baseball: The Musical is Friday; Kids Day Sunday; and Independence Day Celebration Monday.
Fourth of July Run — Up and Running, hosts the 11th annual 5K run/walk 7:04 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, beginning at Up and Running in the Rudolph Shopping Plaza, 3233 N. Mesa. Proceeds benefit Run El Paso Club. Sports drink, watermelon and hot dogs available at finish line. Registration: $20 through July 2; $25 July 3-4. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick-up is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 3, and 6 to 6:45 a.m. race day at Up and Running.
Southern New Mexico
Roswell UFO Festival 2017 — The annual celebration, marking the 70th anniversary of the 1947 “UFO crash” near Roswell, is Thursday through Sunday, June 29-July 2, at the Roswell Convention and Visitors Center, 912 N. Main, and other locations in Roswell, N.M. The four-day event features guest speakers, celebrity appearances authors, vendors, live entertainment, family friendly activities and carnivals, as well as costume contests for adults, children and pets. Most events are free; nominal charge for UFO Museum admission. Information: 1-800-822-3545 or ufofestivalroswell.com.
Alien Costume Contest is 3 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the Pearson Auditorium on Main Street, with pet contest at 10 a.m. on the Chaves County Courthouse Lawn outside Early registration encouraged at ufofestivalroswell.com/costumecontest/
The UFO Festival Light Parade is 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1, from Ninth to Third Street.
The Alien Chase 5K and 10K runs and walks are 7 a.m. Saturday, July 1, starting at the convention center. Online registration via the Roswell Runners Club.
The Roswell Galacticon science fiction con and film festival is June 30-July 1 in the Roswell Mall, 4501 Main, with special guests, and a Steampunk Ball. Tickets: $5 per day; $25 three day pass; individual workshops costs vary.
City of Roswell’s Independence Day Fireworks show is 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Live music by the Kumbia Kings All Starz begins at 6 p.m.
Alamogordo Independence Day Parade — The annual Independence Day Parade, is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1, on 10th Street and Oregon, ending at New York Street, in Alamogordo, N.M. Information: (575) 439-4142.
The annual fireworks display is around 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Fireworks will be shot from a site just south of Highway 2001, near the New Mexico Museum of Space History. The show will be visible throughout the city and choreographed music will be broadcast on KZZX 105.3 FM.
Cloudcroft July 4th — Cloudcroft’s Independence Day weekend activities run Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4, with a street dance and other activities. The annual July 4 parade is 4 p.m. Saturday, July 1, with a street dance on Burro Avenue 7 to 11 p.m. Information: coolcloudcroft.com
Melodrama performances of “Fiendish Firebug Strikes Again” are 7:30 p.m. June 30-July 3, presented by the Cloudcroft Light Opera Company.
Elephant Butte Independence Day — Elephant Butte Lake State Park’s Independence Day fireworks are 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1. The display is launched from Rattlesnake Island in the lake, and can be viewed from the beach or on a boat. Admission fees waived 6 to 10 p.m. that day. Information: (575) 744-5923 or Elephantbutteadventures.com.
‘Baggage’ — No Strings Theatre Company closes its season with the play by Sam Bobrick June 23-July 8 at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by Nikka Ziemer. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. selected Sundays; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.
“Baggage” follows two annoying thirty-somethings who accidentally take each other’s bags at JFK airport, then – for reasons known only to the playwright – decide to start dating. The title has more than one meaning, referring not only to a mix-up of luggage at the airport, but also the emotional impediments people tend to carry through life.
‘Pippin’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, closes its season with the hit musical by Robert O. Hison and Stephen Schwartz, June 23-July 9. Directed by Nora Thomas. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $14 ($13 student, senior, military, $11 children under 6. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.
Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great).
‘Aladdin’ — Missoula Children’s Theatre will host its performance of the classic tale at 7 p.m. Friday, June 30, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Downtown Mall, Las Cruces. About 60 children grades 1-12 will be cast as actors or as assistant directors or technicians as part of a weeklong theater experience. Tickets: $7 ($3 age 16 and younger). information: (575) 523-6403, email@example.com or riograndetheatre.com.
Auditions are 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 26, with rehearsals scheduled 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily until the performance. Those auditioning should arrive at 9:45 a.m. and plan to stay the full two hours. Tuition: $60, due upon casting; partial scholarships available.
Mescalero Apache Ceremonial & Rodeo — The Mescalero Reservation hosts Indian dances and rodeo performances Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4, on the Mescalero Rodeo Grounds in Mescalero, N.M. Native dances (including Dance of the Apache Maidens and Dance of the Mountain Gods), arts and crafts and food vendors featured daily. Dinner served at 5 p.m. nightly. Main gate opens at 10 a.m. Rodeo performances at 1 p.m. Rodeo admission: $12 ($5 child). Information: (575) 464-4494 or mescaleroapachetribe.com.
The 38th annual parade, “Honoring Youth Through Culture & Tradition” is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1, with a dance at dusk at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Information: (575) 937-2307.
The annual Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue Challenge Run 5K and 10K run is 8 a.m. Monday, July 3, along the Carrizo Walking Path by Inn of the Mountain Gods. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Information, cost: (575) 464-3473.
Smokey Bear Stampede — The 62nd annual celebration is Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4, in Capitan, N.M. about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Information: (575) 354-2202, smokeybearstampede.com or on Facebook.
The 37th annual 10K run and 2-mile Fun Run held in conjunction with Smokey Bear Days begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4.
The Air National Guard Band of the Southwest — The 39-member professional military band from Texas performs pop, Americana and traditional songs Saturday, July 1 at the Spencer Theater in Alto, N.M. Admission is free; reserved ticket required. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
Las Cruces Independence Day celebrations — The city’s annual Electric Light Parade and 4th of July Celebration are Monday and Tuesday, July 3-4, with the annual Electric Light Parade, Street Fest and fireworks display. Fireworks, grills, staked shade canopies, and RV/Campers not allowed in the events. Admission to all events is free. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.
The Electric Light Parade, “Celebrating Freedom, Our Patriots, and America!” is 9 p.m. Monday, July 3, beginning at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid, and traveling south on Solano Drive, east on Hadley ending at the Maag Softball Complex.
Las Cruces Running Club’s Electric 5K Fun Run precedes the event 7:30 p.m. Monday along the Parade Route, starting at the Meerscheidt Recreation Center. 1600 E. Hadley. Information: lascrucesrunningclub.com.
Fourth of July events begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, at the Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro, with youth activities on the Soccer filed, and live entertainment.
Headliners Blue Oyster Cult perform at 8:30 p.m., with Gap X The Band opening at 6:40 p.m.
The mayor’s welcome is 9:45 p.m. followed by the annual fireworks display.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Fireworks Extravaganza — The Resort and Casino is in Mescalero, N.M. (near Ruidoso), will celebrate Independence Day 3 to 11 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, July 4, with food, live entertainment 3 to 10:30 p.m. and family activities, concluding with a fireworks display over Lake Mescalero. Admission is free. Wrist bands for concessions; jumping balloons: $10. Free shuttle ends at midnight. No outside food or drink permitted. Information: 1-877-277-4577 or innofthemountaingods.com.
Mesilla Independence Day — The annual fireworks display is 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the historic old Mesilla Plaza. Bring a lawn chair; no pets or alcohol. Live music and food vendors, 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or mesillanm.gov.
The town’s fireworks display will be launched from the field on Calle de Mercado, accessed from Avenida de Mesilla.
Silver City Independence Day — The annual parade, “Heroes: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” is 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, snaking down Pope, Bullard, Broadway, Hudson and 12th Street in Silver City. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast precedes the event in Gough Park; activities and entertainment continue throughout the day. Fireworks at dusk. Information: (575) 538-3785 or silvercity.org.
Silver City Museum’s 34th annual Ice Cream Social is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 in museum’s courtyard, with live music, children’s activities and more. Cake walk, ice cream cones, root beer floats, beverages and popcorn.