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Your 2014 Guide to Fourth of July Celebrations around El Paso

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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 park their car and watch bombs bursting in air Friday night. But it isn’t the only way to celebrate the Fourth.

Various events are planned around town; some, like Music under the Stars, will feature patriotic music while others, like the La Viña Country Picnic, offer other forms of musical entertainment and family fun. Here’s your 2014 guide to 4th of July festivities around El Paso:

Music under the Stars Patriotic Concert and Firework Spectacular – Pack a picnic and take the family to the Chamizal National Memorial for an evening of patriotic music with the El Paso Wind Symphony. A 3-D “firework spectacular” will follow the concert. Admission is free. More Info

Pop Goes the Fort – The El Paso Symphony Orchestra annual performance of patriotic and Broadway pops music at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park. The Independence Day Firework’s show will follow immediately after. Admission is free and the public is welcome on base. Vendors will be on site selling food, drinks and beer. More Info

La Viña 4th of July Country Picnic – The La Union, New Mexico winery will host its annual picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Live By Request will provide the musical entertainment. Food, water, wine and wine margaritas will be sold on site and tents and tables will be set up, but you’re more than welcome to bring own picnic and lawn chairs (but no coolers.) More Info

Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Fourth of July – The restaurant at One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park offers a great view of the Western Playland fireworks display, as well as drink and food specials, and Jaimielynn Amato performing American classics on the patio. More Info

Fourth of July Family Festival – Harvest Christian Center on the west side will celebrate Independence Day with carnival rides, food vendors, music and fireworks at the conclusion. Admission is free. More Info

So Loud Massive – Outdoor Electronic Dance Music party featuring Zeds Dead and more, plus food trucks, and rooftop fireworks. 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. at the Garden, 511 Western Ct., Downtown. More Info

Socorro Entertainment Center 4th of July Festival – Tribute bands beginning at 1 p.m., (Chicago, Black Eyed Peas, Def Leppard, and Rolling Stones), carnival rides, and a 3-story tall inflatable water slide. Fireworks popping allowed. Call 790-4000 for more info

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