As a reminder for all of our Bernalillo County residents, all aerial fireworks are banned for the 4th of July. This means any that go over 10 ft. in the air or taller than 6 ft. on the ground. With wildfires at an all-time high, this is especially important for those living at the edge of the cities and in more rural areas.
Don’t worry! There are still places to go this holiday to enjoy fantastic fireworks displays in NM. There are also a variety of other events aside from the fireworks that can make this weekend fun for the whole family. Below are links to most of the events being held for 4th of July weekend. All of us at Brown & Brown of NM hope you have a fun (and safe!) holiday weekend.
Put on your party hat and get out the sparklers; the Fourth of July is here. No other holiday brings so many people together to look up and enjoy what’s in the sky. Find out where to see fireworks, and whether or not there’s a parade near you (there probably is).
Freedom 4th will feature Albuquerque’s favorite sweet and savory treats from over 30 local food vendors. Find BBQ, stuffed sopapillas, burgers or Frito pie from a variety of food vendors. Remember to save room for dessert and yummy sweets like churros, ice cream, funnel cakes, shaved ice, and donuts.
When Things go BOOM in the Night – Fireworks Safety
For most of us, the Fourth of July is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, having fun and creating memories – whether at home or away.
But for some families, the holiday is a nightmare. Homes each year in New Mexico are damaged by wayward fireworks. Thousands of people are injured in accidents.
At Brown & Brown Insurance of New Mexico, we want your holiday to be happy, but also safe. So here are some tips to help you protect yourself and your property on the Fourth.
Protecting yourself (and others)
- To minimize the risk of injury, don’t use consumer fireworks. Attend a public display conducted by professionals in Albuquerque or elsewhere.
- If using consumer fireworks, always follow instructions. Do not attempt to re-light “duds” or create homemade fireworks.
- Never let children handle or light fireworks. Even sparklers, which burn at more than 1,000 degrees, can cause third-degree burns. Kids under the age of 15 account for approximately 40% of fireworks injuries, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
- A responsible adult should always be present when children – even teenagers – are around fireworks. More than half of fireworks injuries happen to those younger than 20 years old.
Protecting your home
- According to the National Fire Protection Association, the best way to protect your home is to not use fireworks at home.
- Remember, fireworks can cause grass fires and other types of blazes as well. Make sure you light fireworks in a safe area, away from homes and buildings, as well as other combustible material. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.
- Look out for tree limbs or bushes that could catch fire. Trimming vegetation to keep it away from your home is a good idea anyway, but it could save you from a catastrophic fire on the Fourth of July.
- If your gutters have accumulated leaves, pine needles or other flammable material, clean them before using fireworks near your home.
- Finally, if you won’t be home on the holiday, ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your house if others in your neighborhood will be using fireworks.
With some common sense and planning, the Fourth of July can be both safe and enjoyable for everyone. Whether you’re staying at home or heading to out of town, we hope you have a wonderful time celebrating our independence!