The weather is really starting to warm up and the lake is high and ready for the boaters and kayakers that flock to Lake Tahoe for 4th of July festivities. Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular places in the Sierras to celebrate America’s birthday. The sky is clear and blue and it is never very hot. This year’s events will take place in various areas around the lake and several fireworks shows can be viewed from local beaches or on the water. The key to most of these events is to come as early as possible, and bring your own picnic, blankets, chairs, and warm clothing for when the sun goes down. If you can’t make it to the lake, you can spend some time in Reno, Sparks, Carson City or Virginia City for their fun events. Fireworks will be held in Sparks, Carson City, and Virginia City. Be aware that personal fireworks are illegal in Reno and Washoe County.
Tahoe City, July 4
Join the locals on Commons Beach in downtown Tahoe City.
Kings Beach, July 3
This celebration starts with a deck party at the North Tahoe Event Center at 7 p.m.
Squaw Valley USA, July 3
Free fireworks starting at around 9 p.m.
Incline Village, July 1-4
The Red, White & Tahoe Blue festivities are scheduled for Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4. The event includes a patriotic chalk drawing contest, opening ceremonies with a tribute to veterans, doggie dress-up contest, beer tasting and brats, brunch with Shakespeare and firecracker trail trek. The free fireworks show is on Monday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. off Incline Beach.
Truckee, July 4
The fireworks will be at West End Beach at Donner Lake at dusk. Tickets are $6/person and are available through the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District.
South Shore, July 4
The “Star Spangled Fourth – Lights on the Lake Fireworks Celebration” starts at 9:45 p.m. and is one of the top five displays in the nation.
Tallac Historic Site, South Shore July 4, 2011
The Valhalla Arts, Theatre & Music Festival will be hosting the Old Fashion Lake Tahoe 4th of July Celebration on the Grand Lawn at the Tallac Historic Site.
Edgewood Tahoe, July 1
Watch 4th of July Fireworks at Edgewood-Tahoe in Stateline.
Sparks, July 4
Star Spangled Sparks will be held at the Sparks Marina Park. This is a free family event with activities from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m and will feature free hot air balloon rides at 6:00am and a $3 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The fireworks show will be held at the Nugget Hotel and Casino towers in downtown Sparks.
Reno, July 3
Celebrate the holiday with a game between the Reno Aces and the Salt Lake Bees. You can also attend the Patriotic Celebration at Wingfield Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The MasterWorks Chorale is celebrating America with a presentation of patriotic music.
Carson City, July 1-4
Come to Mills Park for carnival rides, arts and crafts, and fireworks on the 4th.
Virginia City, July 4
This real-life Western town will stage an all-day 4th of July party. The annual parade will start at noon and fireworks are scheduled for after dark.
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