This Year’s Theme is Celebrating 50 Years of Apollo
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, June 28, 2019) – The City of Alamogordo’s annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, a community tradition for more than 40 years, is scheduled for Thursday, July 4th. Coordinated by the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the show is one of the largest in the state.
“The Fireworks Extravaganza is a tribute to our community and the pride that we have in our country,” said New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll. The theme for this year’s show is focused around the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary and museum staff has been working closely with choreographers from PyroShows of Texas, the company producing the event, to create a unique mix of music and sounds to complement the fireworks. “Whether you view the show from the museum grounds, or from your backyard, we highly encourage everyone to tune into the choreographed music on KZZX 105.3 FM,” said Orwoll.
VIP Parking Pass holders will be able to drive up the hill to the museum beginning at 6:00 pm. Tailgating in the museum’s parking lots is allowed. “You can enjoy the show from the comfort of your lawn chair right next to your car. Each vehicle gets one pass, which translates to two parking spaces, one for the car and one for the party,” said Cathy Harper, museum marketing director. The VIP parking passes are a benefit of museum. Online museum membership registration is available on the museum website or at the museum gift shop. Harper said, “The invitation to attend our annual fireworks display is probably one of the favorite benefits of Foundation members. It’s a wonderful evening of family relaxation, and you can’t get any better seats to the show!”
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. Guests are encouraged to bring a radio and tune in early.
“We appreciate the assistance of Burt Broadcasting each year for the Fireworks Extravaganza,” commented Harper. “The event is so much more entertaining for the general public when they can tune in to the same music we’re hearing on site.”
Entry onto the museum grounds will begin at 6:00 pm for museum members and reception guests, and at 6:30 pm for non-member pass holders. “Non-member passes are given to law enforcement and area fire departments for their families,” said Harper. “We offer the non-member passes for the families as a thank you to the men and women who will be working to make the event safe for everyone.”
The Museum grounds will be closed to the public at 5:00 pm on July 4th and will reopen at 6:00 pm. Residents are reminded that the NMSU-A parking lots and grounds are closed that evening. However, the show may be viewed from almost anywhere in the city.
The July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza is sponsored by the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation, the City of 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 www.nmspacemuseum.org.
PHOTO CUTLINE: An explosion of color above the city highlights the annual Fireworks Extravaganza at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Museum members enjoy tailgating and the show from the parking lot of the museum, the best place in town to see the display. (Photo by Diana Powell)
About the New Mexico Museum of Space History: www.nmspacemuseum.org
The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Governor’s Commission to the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Programs and exhibits are supported by the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation through the generous support of donors.
Dedicated October 5, 1976, as the International Space Hall of Fame, the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s mission is to inspire and educate, to promote and preserve, and to honor the pioneers of space exploration.
A Smithsonian Affiliate, the museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and stresses the significant role that the state of New Mexico has played in the development of the U.S. Space Program through collecting, preserving, and interpreting significant artifacts relevant to the history of space. The museum campus facility includes: the Museum of Space History, International Space Hall of Fame, John P. Stapp Air & Space Park, Daisy Track, Clyde W. Tombaugh Education Center, New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium, Astronaut Memorial Garden, Hubbard Space Science Research Building, and Museum Support Center.
3198 State Route 2001 | Alamogordo, NM 88310 (Mailing: PO Box 5430, Alamogordo, NM 88311-5430) For more information: (575) 437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589. Hours 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Noon – 5:00 p.m. Sunday (closed Tuesday), closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Space History and other divisions in the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at www.media.newmexicoculture.org