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Lighting Up the Desert

On a dark desert highway, rising up through the air you see a shimmering light. Then another, skittering across the clear New Mexican sky. The Fourth of July comes again with all the glitter and old-fashioned bluster you’re used to. And while Taos might be the hippest place in New Mexico, this holiday what’s also worth a pass through is the small, quirky village of Arroyo Seco. Roaring to life at noon sharp, the annual parade trumps the best with unusual, colorful floats. Crowds of onlookers can’t get enough and the people watching simply can’t be beat. The zaniness cruises out of sight, yet there’s still hours of patriotic partying left!

Although a bit of a drive cruising northeast, by late afternoon Eagle Nest Lake simply swarms with locals and visitors alike who come to grill, swill, and barbeque. This friendly community holds a parade of its own at 2 o’clock, followed by an inclusive lunch sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Department. Once the sun drops behind those high red cliffs, it’s time to break out your sparklers! Cast your doubt aside as residents spending the holiday at our Historic Taos Inn can look forward to fireworks of their own along the Salazar Road Extension.

Taos is so much more than dazzling dynamite. Because this July Fourth lands smack on a Monday many of us are likely to arrive the weekend just before, or stay through to the next. Hang around! Any family staying through July 8th looking for a follow up to the humdrum red, white, and blue ought to take note of the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow. Inducted into the World Heritage Society, Taos Pueblo is located at the base of picturesque Taos Mountain. This yearly festival brings together beautiful indigenous dancing, combined with singing and outdoor food and crafts vendors.

Address: Throughout and around Taos, NM