The City of Alamogordo’s annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, a community tradition for more than 40 years, is scheduled for Saturday, July 4. Coordinated by the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the show is one of the largest in the state and draws visitors from across the region to watch. This year, for the first time in its 42-year history, museum members and the public will not be allowed on the museum grounds due to health concerns related to the ongoing pandemic.
“Following the guidance of the governor’s office and the Department of Cultural Affairs, we’ve come to the difficult decision of canceling public attendance on the grounds of the museum,” said museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. “The fireworks show is always visible across the basin and we encourage people to enjoy it from their yards or other favorite viewing location.”
The Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.; all events are weather permitting with a back-up date of July 5. Music for the fireworks program will be carried live on KZZX Radio, 105.3 FM, through the support of Burt Broadcasting. The public is encouraged to tune in early for the show, which will feature a special musical tribute to the military and first responders.
The museum, which is currently closed due to Covid-19 precautions, will remain closed to the public July 4. Residents are reminded that the NMSU-A parking lots and grounds are closed that evening as well. However, the show may be viewed from almost anywhere in the city. Museum members who have purchased a VIP parking pass for the event are eligible for a refund for the cost of the pass and will be contacted via email.
The July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza is sponsored by the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation, the City of Alamogordo and Burt Broadcasting. In addition, the Alamogordo Police Department, city fire department, county fire departments, the Lincoln National Forest and a large contingency of volunteer fire and safety personnel make the event possible.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information on museum events or on how you can become a member of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation, call 437-2840 or 1-877-333-6589, or visit www.nmspacemuseum.org.