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Tuesday June 30th, 2015

The Biggest Show in the Basin!

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza is Right Around the Corner

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The City of Alamogordo’s annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, one of the largest shows in the state, is slated for this Saturday, July 4th. The show can be seen from almost everywhere in Alamogordo, but the best viewing area is on the grounds of the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

Each year, the museum holds an invitation only tailgate party in the large parking lots on the grounds of the facility. Museum members receive a special invitation and VIP Parking Pass to join the festivities, which include a live band.

VIP Parking Pass holders will be able to drive up the hill to the museum beginning at 6:00 pm on Saturday. Each pass holder will be allowed one parking space for their vehicle and another space right next to it for their lawn chairs, picnic baskets, coolers, and sunshades. Once a vehicle is on the grounds, it will not be allowed to leave. “Security staff will be taking parking passes once people have passed through the gate. It’s turned into quite a safety issue with people parking, then leaving and coming back,” said Cathy Harper, Marketing Director for the museum.

A live band kicks off the festivities at 7:00 pm. Gasoline Alley is a local favorite, winner of more than one area competition, and they will be playing a mix of classic rock and country.

The Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 pm; 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.

Entry onto the museum grounds will begin at 6:00 pm, with overflow parking in the NMSU-A Science Center lot. Additional parking will be available at the Tays Special Events Center and the smaller student parking lot on the West side of Scenic Drive. People in the overflow parking lots should be aware that there are no tailgating, fireworks or alcohol allowed on university property. Tailgating will be allowed in the lots at the Museum, although charcoal grills and personal fireworks are banned for fire safety reasons. Sparklers are allowed.

The Museum grounds will be closed to the public at 5:00 pm on July 4th; unauthorized vehicles on the grounds after that time may be towed at the owner’s expense. Only those with Museum VIP Parking Passes will be allowed onto the Museum grounds at 6:00 pm. However, the show may be viewed from almost anywhere in the city.

The July 4th Centennial Fireworks Extravaganza is sponsored by the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation, the City of Alamogordo, New Mexico State University 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 the website at