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Top 10 Small Town Fourth of July Celebrations

Capitan, New Mexico has been named by both ABC News and Yahoo Travel as one of ten best small towns to celebrate the Independance Day. Fun for the whole family with activities all over town and at the Smokey Bear Stampede.

Capitan 4th of July Parade

The parade is coordinated by the Village of Capitan and is one of the last great small town downtown parades of grand scale. Parade starts at 10 am on the 4th. For more information contact Village of Capitan: or visit their website:

BBQ Cook-off and Dinner

Contestants start cooking suprise baskets on the evening of July 3rd. Smoking and cooking a variety of meats and sides for contest entry around 10 a.m. on July 4th. All Contestants prepare enough to feed an small army so that you can enjoy a 4th of July BBQ feast starting right as the end of the parade passes by the fairgrounds at 11 a.m. So, follow the last entry all the way to the serving line.

Fireworks Extravaganza

Get ready for the best fireworks display in Lincoln County! When the last bull is ridden about 10 minutes is given as fair warning to the cowboys to put their horses up. Then the arena goes dark and the bombs start bursting in air for the next 30 minutes. Due to the unavoidable nature of livestock and people no acurate estimate of fireworks start time is promised. Somewhere in teh neighborhood of 10:30 p.m. give or take.

4th of July Rodeo Dance

Dance the night away at the rodeo dance. Starts at 9 p.m. during the rodeo. All your favorite dance songs to finsh a great four day run.


We will display the most frequently asked questions here as we answer them:

Q: Is the Smokey Bear Stampede handicap friendly?

A: Yes, we have designated handicap parking on fence south of ticket booth. The north side grandstands are wheelchair accessible with easy to fin seating for others. While accessible seating is available it is limited and early arrival is the best way to find comfortable seating.

Q: I need information about the parade?

A: The parade is manged by the Village of Capitan and not an event of Smokey Bear Stampede. Please see contact information above.

Q: How do we get tickets?

A: All rodeo ticket sales are sold beginning approximately 3 hours before the event at the ticket booth. Concert tickets can be purchased online or at the concert gate (please see concert page).


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Smokey Bear Stampede

100 5th St, Capitan, New Mexico 88316, United States