Here in the U.S. of A., we proclaim our independence proudly with beer and bright explosions—safely guarded from causing raging wildfires, of course. The city prepares for another patriotic afternoon with food, music and merriment during Freedom Fourth at Balloon Fiesta Park (9401 Balloon Museum NE). The event runs from 3 to 10 p.m., concluding with country music act Diamond Rio and an eye-popping fireworks display. Parking is $10 if you'd like to drive yourself, or you can hop on ABQ Ride by paying a $1 roundtrip fee from two pick-up locations (St. Pius High School or Coronado Center). For a full schedule or for more information, call 311 or visit cabq.gov/cultural-services/freedom-fourth.