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Celebrate the 4th of July in Socorro: Entertainment, Fun, Fireworks – for Free

Celebrate the 4th of July in Socorro
Entertainment, Fun, Fireworks – all for free!

 

FireworksSOCORRO, N.M. – Here’s a sizzling-hot tip: avoid the crowds, the search for parking and crazy concession prices by spending Independence Day in Socorro. Take in the sights and sounds of live entertainment and a spectacular pyrotechnic display – all at no cost.

Darren Cordova y Calor will headline the event, sponsored by the City of Socorro and New Mexico Tech and held on the grassy grounds of the campus north of Macey Center. The event is free to all – and so is parking.

Ronna Kalish, longtime director of Tech’s Performing Arts Series (PAS), organized the inaugural event in 1992 as a way to keep local families in town for the Independence Day holiday.

“Ditch the hassles of the big city for the small town of Socorro and enjoy the 4th of July as it was meant to be celebrated; with music, live entertainment, food, fun and fireworks in a safe and family-friendly venue,” Kalish said.

Today, the all-day event draws visitors from up and down the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Bring the kids and grandparents – just don’t forget to hydrate often and apply sunscreen.

The Fourth of July honors traditions, and one of those traditions is a parade, starting at 10 a.m. from the Plaza, heading north down California, to Macey Center.  At 11 a.m., another tradition, the Socorro Community Band, the annual kick-off to the day’s entertainment lineup, led by physician/musician Eileen Comstock.

The band plays traditional Independence Day tunes, among them “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Laced throughout the performance are John Philip Sousa marches, the ideal accompaniment to the national holiday.

Beginning around noon, Wise Fool, New Mexico’s “Backstage at the Circus” entertainment troupe, will stage its family-friendly variety show before strolling the grounds with stilts and giant puppets.

DSCN2964Back by popular demand are a slate of local and regional entertainers. these include Socorro’s Tori Murillo, a third-generation singer of the well-known Murillo family of musicians/vocalists; Doug Figgs, a singer/songwriter from nearby Lemitar, whose musical influences include country, western, and southern rock; New Mexico native Tanya Griego of Rio Rancho, who was heavily influenced by her father’s love of Spanish music; and the local Spanish and rock band Suavecito, the third iteration of two earlier bands, La Raza and Unida, dating back to 1981.

Darren Cordova y Calor will take the stage in the early evening, just after the Et Alia  Belly Dance Troupe, and Suavecito will play until dark, when the pyrotechnic experts at New Mexico Tech will set the sky ablaze with a spectacular fireworks show.

Non-profit groups will sell concessions, and Chartwells food service team will dish up barbecue with sides and soft drinks.

“As always, we ask that people not bring their own fireworks to campus,” Kalish said. “Bring your lawn chairs from home, your coolers, grills, sun shades and plenty of sunscreen, but leave your fireworks at home.”

 

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