Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Sparking community spirit.(Venue)

Byline: Tracy Dingmann Journal Staff Writer

Music, sports, carnival rides light up city event

You can enjoy fireworks tonight while sitting on the grass at Balloon Fiesta Park -- there's room for 100,000 at the city of Albuquerque's Freedom 4th Extravaganza.

The city's free fireworks celebration has Mayor Martin Chavez's stamp of approval, especially in the light of recent fires in the bosque.

"It's even more important now to get people to this event," said Ron Garcia, director of the community events division. "We don't want people setting off their own fireworks."

Musical groups will perform on two stages throughout the day.

Entertainment starts at 12:20 p. …

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