Us Taoseños are as patriotic as any American, but of course, being Taoseños, we like to celebrate Independence Day in our own zesty style. If you find yourself here next Tuesday on the 4th of July, get ready to witness a full-on fiesta that includes hanging with our mayor, wild parades, chairlift rides, and getting groovy to all kinds of music. Read on for insider tips on how to spend America’s birthday in Taos, New Mexico:
8:00am – 10:00am: Breakfast with Mayor Barrone
Independence Day kicks off with an all-American breakfast. Mayor Barrone will be flipping flapjacks and serving up some fun in the Taos Plaza. Did we mention it’s free? We don’t know about you, but we think Mr. Mayor is pretty cool for putting on this special pancake breakfast for anyone who wants to start the 4th on the right foot.
10:00am – 4:00pm: Shenanigans in Arroyo Seco
People say that the 4th of July parade in Arroyo Seco is world famous. We’ll say this: It truly is unlike any other. Head north of Taos to the tiny village of Arroyo Seco for festivities that include a party parade, music, costumes, and lots of surprises. Rumor has it there will be a dunk tank somewhere in the area! The parade starts at noon, but we recommend getting there earlier because parking is limited.
1:00pm – 5:00pm: Turn Up in Taos Ski Valley
Come up to cool down at 9,321 feet. America’s birthday is incomplete without cracking a cold one, and we especially like those German hops at The Bavarian. There will be food, drinks and live music by the high energy dance band: Out of Nowhere. Chairlift 4 will be spinning, and kids are welcome to participate in the annual 4th of July Duck Race sponsored by the Field Institute of Taos.
4:00pm – 10:00pm: Concert in Kit Carson Park
Free concert? All good! Gates open at 4:00pm, and music begins at 4:30pm with a very wide variety of music, ranging from Latino, rock, hip-hop, to salsa and even some jazz. Be ready to bailar. The lead act of the night is Ozomatli at 7:30pm. Things are getting LIT at 9:00pm with fireworks presented by the Taos Fire Department.
No matter what fun fiestas you decide to partake in this 4th of July, we wish you an all-loco Independence Day!