Annual 4th of July Electric Light Parade - Annual 4th of July Electric Light Parade -

When it comes to celebrating our nation’s birth, Las Cruces pulls out all the stops. The weekend officially begins the evening of July 3rd with The Electric Light Parade, hosted by the City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University (NMSU). This beautiful spectacle brings the surrounding community together to watch creatively decorated floats, covered in hundreds of twinkling lights, brighten up the night under starry skies. The Annual 4th of July Electric Parade makes its run July 3, 2022, beginning at 9 p.m.

Every year, a different theme is proposed, giving community groups and clubs an idea of the parameters for decoration. This year’s theme is “Patriotic Spirit and American Dreams.” Trophies are awarded for first through third place in commercial and non-commercial categories, as well as a best overall float trophy. Floats are judged on originality, depiction of the theme, and effective use of lights. No bicycles, walkers, single ATV’s/UTV’s or single vehicles are permitted.

The evening kicks off early with a 5k and 1 mile Fun Run, making use of the closed streets and giving early spectators something to cheer about while waiting for the main event. The 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 7 p.m., while the Electric 5k begins at 8 p.m. To find out more about this, including registration, visit the website.

The parade route begins at Apodaca Park (801 E. Madrid Ave.), heading south on Solano Avenue, then east on Hadley Avenue, ending at the Maag Softball Complex. For more information, visit the website, or call the City’s Parks & Recreation Department at 575-541-2550.

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