With El Paso County announcing that the sale and use of fireworks has been banned this July Fourth and Covid-19 cases on the rise, there are still a few places where you can catch a glimpse of fireworks.
Several Borderland entities are planning to have fireworks displays but with a unique 2020 twist --- no central gathering spots and lots of social distancing.
- The City of Las Cruces will have a community fireworks display starting at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.
Because of restrictions on large gatherings by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the state Health Department, there will no formal or additional events associated with the display.
The Las Cruces community is encouraged to view the display from their homes, by looking toward the night sky toward the center of the city.
Residents are urged not to congregate on city-owned property to view the fireworks. They are also urged to continue to avoid group gatherings, practice social distancing, wear masks and wash hands regularly.
- Mesilla is also planning a fireworks display, starting about 9 p.m. on July Fourth.
Again, people are urged not to congregate and maintain social distancing. Fireworks can be seen from most places around Mesilla.
- At Fort Bliss, the annual Pop Goes the Fort celebration has been canceled. But the post will still have fireworks on July Fourth.
Fireworks will be livestreamed on social media.
People who live on Fort Bliss are urged to watch the fireworks from home. You can also drive to the area around Biggs Parks, but you need to park legally, social distance in and around your vehicle and leave the area clean.
Gates to the post are still closed to the public unless a military ID holder goes with you to get a pass.
- The City of Alamogordo & New Mexico Museum of Space History will have their annual fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. on July Fourth.
This year's event will not include any public viewing or tailgating from the museum grounds in the interests of public safety.
Launching the fireworks from the museum grounds, as they normally do, makes the display viewable from most any place in the city.
While the annual traditional will continue, the city asks all to practice social distancing and limit the size of the groups that come together to view this display.
- In El Paso, Abundant Living Faith Center will have fireworks at 9 p.m. at both churches, 1000 Valley Crest and 7100 North Desert Boulevard.
They will use a drive-in format and people must stay in their cars. Room is available on a first-come, first-served basis.