Posted at: 07/03/2013 12:52 PM
Updated at: 07/05/2013 7:11 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
Looking to have a fun and safe Independence Day with your family? Here's what you need to know as you plan your Fourth of July weekend:
1) Family Events and Firework Shows
2) Firework Safety
Fireworks in a drought mean more fire danger. Please celebrate safely.
Remember, it's illegal in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County to set off any fireworks that go higher than ten feet, cover an area of more than six feet on the ground, or are louder than a cap gun.
To find out more about what fireworks are acceptable in your area, click on one of the following links:
Bernalillo County - http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3064364.shtml
Rio Rancho - http://www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us/index.aspx?NID=1001
3) Holiday Gas Prices
Statewide gas prices for the Fourth of July weekend are expected to sit at $3.39--nine cents less than the national average. Drivers in Las Cruces are paying even less at an average of $3.24.
For a full list of gas prices in your area, visit KOB.com's Gas Watch page.
4) Chances of rain
Our meteorologists say you'll want to keep the umbrella/poncho handy on Thursday, but they don't expect a washout. The 4th will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s to lower 90s.
Visit KOB.com/weather to view the extended holiday weekend forecast.