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The schedule has been set for the annual City of Las Cruces Fourth of July Celebration, the city said in a news release.
This popular free two-day event begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3, with the Electric 5K and one-mile Fun Run, followed by the Electric Light Parade. The run begins and ends at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave., with a turn-around at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid Ave. For race information, contact the Las Cruces Running Club at https://runsignup.com/Race/NM/LasCruces/LCElectric5k.
The Electric Light Parade begins at 9 p.m. at Apodaca Park and ends at the Maag Softball Complex, 1700 W. Hadley Ave. The 2022 parade theme is “Patriotic Spirit and American Dreams.” For more information about the parade, Contact city Recreation Services Supervisor Crystal Cooper at 575-541-2454 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city and New Mexico State University are teaming up to host the annual Fourth of July Concert and Firework Display at Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park, 3205 Arrowhead Drive, on the NMSU campus.
The concert will begin at 6 p.m. with a performance by Raul Malo of the Mavericks. That will be followed at 8 p.m. by a performance by the Plain White T’s. The fireworks display will begin immediately following the concert, at approximately 9:45 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. Food vendors will be on site. No grilling, personal fireworks, recreational vehicles or overnight parking will be allowed. Alcohol will be available for purchase and consumption will be in designated areas. No outside alcohol will be allowed.
For information, contact the city Parks and Recreation Department at 575-541-2454. For information relating to NMSU, contact university Marketing and Communications at 575-646-5981.
This year marks the 246th anniversary of July 4. The U.S. will celebrate its 250th (semiquincentennial, sestercentennial or quarter millennial) anniversary July 4, 2026.