Watching fireworks go up into the night sky is a Fourth of July tradition, and El Paso won’t be for a lack of places one can watch bombs bursting in air Wednesday night.

But it isn’t the only way to celebrate our country's independence. Various events are planned around town. Some, like Pop Goes the Fort, will feature patriotic music and a fireworks display while others, like the La Viña Country Picnic, offer other forms of musical entertainment and family fun.

Here’s your 2018 guide to 4th of July festivities in and around the El Paso area:

Fireworks Displays

Celebrate America's 242nd birthday at one of six professional fireworks displays around El Paso.

From an Independence Day celebration with the time-honored tradition of patriotic music in the Northeast to day-long festivities that will culminate with fireworks over Ascarate Lake there's something for everyone on every side of town Wednesday night.

To find somewhere to “ooh” and “aah” as the skyline explodes with a colorful canopy of patriotic power, click HERE.

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Celebrations

● Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Fireworks Watching Party: Live music from FM Junkies, a BBQ buffet, and an awesome view of the Western Playland fireworks display [More Info]

● 4th of July Picnic at La Vina Winery Market: The La Union, New Mexico winery will host its annual picnic on the lawn with live music, and lawn games. Burgers and hotdogs will be sold on site, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own picnic. [More Info]

Parades

In addition to fireworks and picnics, there will be a handful of good old fashioned parades taking place Wednesday morning. For a list of where you can take in the time-honored tradition of classic cars and local beauty queens, click HERE.