The Fourth of July is a time of celebration for communities across the nation. Family picnics and other outdoor activities are planned for many in Rio Rancho. The tradition of using fireworks to celebrate America’s Independence Day has created additional risks of starting fires in open fields, yards, and the Rio Grande Bosque.
The City of Rio Rancho prohibits fireworks that go higher than 10 feet and are louder than a cap gun. Any fireworks that do not meet this standard are deemed illegal, and anyone caught in possession of them and/or using them may be subject to fireworks seizure, citation and penalty. A violation carries a potential fine of up to $500 and/or jail time of up to 90 days. Igniting fireworks, starting or maintaining any fire, or smoking in the Rio Rancho Bosque is prohibited by City ordinances at all times. Those found in violation of these restrictions can face a fine up to $500, 90 days of jail time, or both. The City of Rio Rancho continues to have a ban in place regarding all of the types of fireworks it can legally prohibit under State statute. Only changes to State law would give the City the authority to completely ban the sale and use of currently legal fireworks in the community.
For additional fireworks information, including safety tips for using legal fireworks, visit the City’s website, www.rrnm.gov/fireworks
If you believe illegal fireworks are being sold or used in Rio Rancho, please contact the public safety non-emergency telephone number, (505) 891-7226. The Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue Department asks that residents be fire-wise and safety-conscious this holiday season and keep their eyes out for signs of smoke or fire, or other incidents that may occur. Please report incidents immediately by calling 9-1-1.
Look for the “Safe and Sane” label when purchasing fireworks as these do not fly or explode. If you purchase fireworks in the City of Rio Rancho, the Fire and Rescue Department has inspected and approved all fireworks vendors to assure that the "Safe and Sane" criteria has been met.
Parade, Live Music, and Fireworks Extravaganza
The City of Rio Rancho encourages citizens to attend a public fireworks display, rather than risking an injury or potential fire with the use of fireworks at home. The City’s free Fourth of July Event at Campus Park, featuring the Sky Room outdoor performance space and amphitheater, will again be open to the public for some summer fun. Spectators will enjoy live music by the Rio Grande Symphonic Band and the New Mexico Philharmonic. Following the musical performances, a spectacular fireworks show will begin. Admission to these events is free. Food vendors and a beer garden will be on-site. For those wishing to only view the fireworks and not wanting to attend the musical performances or visit Campus Park, there is ample parking available in the multiple lots surrounding City Center. Visitors may park in the lots and tailgate as they enjoy a dazzling fireworks display.