Independence Day celebrations


Chris Talbot  ·

Red, white and blue for Independence Day takes on added dimension in the Tahoe-Truckee area with celebrations set against the mountains and lakes of the Sierra. And, visitors and locals won’t lack from firework displays to choose from, with fireworks shows on July 3 in Kings Beach and July 4 displays in Incline Village, Truckee, Incline Village and Tahoe City.

Wherever you decide to go, pack a picnic and get there early to grab the best spots, and don’t forget your blankets and chairs. The same goes if you’re planning on arriving by boat or kayak, plan on staking out your spot early and plan to stay late. To avoid the traffic, take local transportation to any of the shows. For a schedule, visit

Thursday, July 3

Kings Beach hosts Beach Party & fireworks
Kings Beach brings the party to the beach this year with its annual 3rd of July fireworks show and Beach Party celebration from 4 to 10 p.m. with something for all ages.

The Beach Party features a beer, wine and mixed drink garden, food vendors, Sand Castle Building contest from 4 to 6 p.m., Watermelon Eating contest from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., Patriotic Costume contest from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., free games from 4 to 9 p.m., music, live entertainment by Roots Element from 5 to 6 p.m., glow toys and souvenirs, all capped off by a dazzling fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Beach Party entrance is free and will take place outside of the North Tahoe Event Center.

Attendees are invited to bring a beach chair or blanket to enjoy the fireworks on the beach, with preferred seating for the fireworks show available on the deck at North Tahoe Event Center for $12 per person. There are a limited number of tickets for seating. All preferred seating, drink and souvenir proceeds support the Kings Beach Fireworks. For details or to purchase seating tickets, visit or call (530) 546-9000.

“Tahoe Gal” will be offering a fireworks cruise departing from Tahoe City at 7 p.m. with food and drinks available for purchase on board. Space is limited, so book your tickets at

As well, “Sierra Cloud” will be offering a fireworks cruise from the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village starting at 7:30 p.m. for $130 per person. The cruise includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert and beverages, including champagne. Call (775) 831-4386 for reservations.

Incline Village starts party early
Celebrate the 4th of July with three days of festivities throughout Incline Village during the annual Red, White & Tahoe Blue. Today features a Children’s Patriotic Chalk Drawing from 10 a.m. to noon at The Potlatch, with free bubble making and face painting at Village Toys from 2 to 4 p.m. and a free Ice Cream Eating Contest at the same time next door at Susie Scoops.

Enjoy a mountain bike and hike on the Flume Trail leaving from Tunnel Creek Café from 2 to 6 p.m. Bikers will be shuttled to the Marlette Flume Trail every half an hour and hikers will be shuttled to the Incline Flume Trail, with everyone finishing at the cafe for a barbecue and live music from 4 to 6 p.m. Register at the Café for $35 for bike and barbecue, $30 hike and barbecue, or $25 for barbecue only.

A local band review will be featured from 3 to 7 p.m. at Incline Beach (Note: Incline Beach is open to residents and guests only). A Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held at Hyatt Pier at 8:30 p.m. with Boy Scouts Troop 37 and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District. The ceremony features a musical tribute with the Tahoe Bagpiper, Sean Cummings. Visit for details.


Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce

Friday, July 4

Celebrate in Incline Village
Incline Village’s Red, White & Tahoe Blue festivities features the Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek at Incline Middle School from 7 to 9:30 a.m., with the Lions Pancake Breakfast as Aspen Grove from 8 a.m. to noon for $10 for adults and $5 children younger than 8.

Festivities continue at Incline Beach (open to residents and guests only) with the Optimist Club Carnival & BBQ from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a Veterans Tribute at 12:10 p.m., and a Parachute & Rescue demo off the beach at 1 p.m.

Enjoy Wine & Dine at Aspen Grove from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with tickets available at the door for $60. The highlight of the night is a concert from the Reno Philharmonic starting at 8 p.m. on the Village Green (open to everyone) with patriotic and classical favorites with food and drink available for purchase, topped off with a musically choreographed fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Concert tickets are $10 to $200. Or, watch the fireworks from your favorite Incline location (beaches are open to residents and guests only).

“Sierra Cloud” will be offering a three-hour fireworks cruise from the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village starting at 7:30 p.m. for $160 per person. The cruise includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert and beverages, including champagne. Call (775) 831-4386 for reservations.

Street Fair & fireworks in Tahoe City
Tahoe City Downtown Association hosts a Street Party starting at 11 a.m. in downtown. Enjoy a dunk tank, bean bag toss, putting green, Penney the Clown, face painting, live music by Kip Yager, raffle and more until 3 p.m. at the Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co. parking lot. Enjoy Sip ‘n’ Shop in the Cobblestone Mall at Trunk Show from 3 to 8 p.m. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Don’t forget to drop some dough in the fire boots around town to support the Tahoe City fireworks.

Tahoe City puts on its 68th Annual Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. off Commons Beach. Arrive early to get the best spot for viewing. Only low back chairs are allowed on Commons Beach, and no dogs are allowed. Or, pick a spot at a number of viewing spots from the decks at local restaurants to the Tahoe City Golf Course. Visit for details.

“Tahoe Gal” will be offering a fireworks cruise departing from Tahoe City at 7 p.m. with food and drinks available for purchase on board. Space is limited, so book your tickets at


Justine Pretorious

Join the fun in Truckee
Truckee celebrates the 4th with the Firecracker Mile Fun Run (see Wet ‘n’ Dirty) before the annual parade at 10 a.m. from the TTUSD parking lot down Donner Pass to downtown Truckee ending around noon. Grand Marshals for the parade will be Dave and Rita Holtebeck, long-time volunteers for Sierra Senior Services. The parade also will feature Olympians Julia Mancuso, Tamara McKinney and Travis Ganong.

For Goodness Sake will host a Fourth of July potluck starting at 9 a.m. on the patio in downtown Truckee. Bring a dish to share while watching the parade. Visit

There will be an old-fashioned celebration at West End Beach on Donner Lake starting at noon (beach opens at 9 a.m.) with live music, egg toss, 3-legged races, tug of war, sack races, pie eating contest, hula hopes and more for Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks district residents and homeowners only. The $6 beach tickets are available by advance purchase only and tickets are limited. For tickets, call (530) 582-7720.

Enjoy fireworks over Donner Lake starting at 9:30 p.m. There are many great viewing spots from the beach at Donner Memorial State Park or along the north shore with many public piers and parks.

Kids rule at Northstar
Northstar hosts a free Kids’ Bike Parade at 2 p.m. for the 4th. Decorate bikes, scooters and other transportation in front of Mine from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and then join the parade in the Village. Also enjoy face painting, balloon twisting and fire engine tours from noon to 3 p.m. Visit


Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, July 5

Fun-filled day in Incline
Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebrations continue in Incline Village starting with a Flag Raising at the Main Fire Station at 8 a.m. followed by a free community breakfast at the firehouse from 8 to 10.

The annual Kids’ Bike Parade is at 10:15 a.m. with the parade with prizes for the most festive bike and costume. The kids’ parade is followed by the Tahoe Salutes Our Heroes Parade at 10:30 p.m. The parades start at the upper Village Market parking lot and turn left onto Southwood Boulevard, turns right onto Tahoe Boulevard and passes through town to end at Incline Middle School. To participate in either parade, register at

The Community Fair will be held at the Village Green from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with arts and crafts, music and a salute to Veterans at 12:45 p.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence and singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Veterans are invited to the Veterans Lunch at 11:30 a.m. at Aspen Grove. To make a reservation, call (775) 832-1310.

The Doggie Dress Up Contest is at the Village Green at 12:15 p.m. with a parade of the best-dressed pooches. Enjoy a free Ice Cream Social at the Village Green from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Join the Rubber Duck Races at Incline Beach at 3:30 p.m. with prizes (Incline Beach open to residents and guests only).

End the day with Beers & Brats at Aspen Grove from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Ticket are $45 at the door and this event is for ages 21 and older only. Follow it up with the with the Billy Ray Cyrus Concert at 7, a Tribute for American Hero Michael Landsberry, at the Village Green. Tickets are $10 to $125. To purchase event tickets or for more information, visit

Fireworks shows

July 3
9:30 p.m. | Kings Beach

July 4
9:30 p.m. | Incline Village
9:30 p.m. | Tahoe City
9:30 p.m. | Truckee

Alcohol banned on Truckee, area beaches
The possession or consumption of alcohol is banned on the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows, and on Chamber’s Landing Beach on the West Shore through July 6.
As well, the alcohol ban will be in effect on Nevada Beach and within Zephyr Cove Resort and Zephyr Shoals (the former Dreyfus Estate) from 6 a.m. to midnight on July 4.