Gene Murriata · 


July 3

9:30 p.m. | Kings Beach 

July 4

9:30 p.m. | Incline Village, Donner Lake & Tahoe City
Dusk | Reno, Carson City & Virginia City
9:45 p.m. | South Lake Tahoe & Sparks

Tahoe-style celebrations on July 3 & 4

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 with shows on July 3 in Kings Beach and July 4 in Incline Village, Truckee 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, kayak or bike, plan on staking out your spot early and plan to stay late. Parking places will be hard to come by at all events, so plan on walking, riding a biking or taking public transit. For a schedule, visit

Fire restrictions | Possession of fireworks of any kind, including firecrackers and sparklers, is illegal in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Campfires or portable charcoal grills are not permitted on national forest beaches or in the general forest. As well, the U.S. Forest Service anticipates additional fire restrictions over the holiday weekend that may be found at

Alcohol ban | The annual alcohol ban will be in effect at Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove Resort and Zephyr Shoals (the former Dreyfus Estate) from 6 a.m. to midnight on July 4. As well, county and state laws ban the possession or consumption of alcohol on the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows and Chamber’s Landing Beach on the West Shore, from July 1 to 6.

Help with clean up | The Annual Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue beach clean ups will be held throughout the region from 8:30 a.m. to noon on July 5. To participate, visit

Red, White & Tahoe Blue | Incline Village

July 2

10 a.m.-noon | Children’s Patriotic Chalk Drawing | The Potlatch
2-4 p.m. | Bubble making & face painting | Village Toys
2-4 p.m. | Ice Cream Eating Contest | Susie Scoops
5-8 p.m. | Wine & Cheese tasting | Aspen Grove
8:30 p.m. | Flag Retirement Ceremony | Hyatt

July 3

8 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony | Main Fire Station 11
8-10 a.m. | Firehouse Breakfast | Main Firehouse
10 a.m. | Kids Bike Parade | Highway 28
10:15 a.m. | Doggie Parade | Highway 28
10:30 a.m. | Tahoe Salutes our Heroes Parade | Highway 28
11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Day on the Village Green Music Festival
11:30 a.m. | Veterans Lunch | Aspen Grove
12:45 a.m. | Veterans Ceremony | Aspen Grove

July 4

7 a.m. | Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek | Incline Middle School
8 a.m.-noon | Veterans Pancake Breakfast | Aspen Grove
11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Optimist Club Carnival & BBQ | Incline Beach*
12:45-1:15 p.m. | Veterans Tribute | Incline Beach*
1:30-2:30 p.m. | Parachute & Rescue on the Lake demo | Incline Beach*
3:30 p.m. | Rubber Duck Races | Incline Beach*
6-10 p.m. | Reno Philharmonic Concert | Village Green

*Incline Beach open to residents & guests only

The annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebrations span three days in Incline Village starting on July 2 featuring a basketball tournament, Children’s Patriotic Chalk Drawing, bubble making, face painting, an Ice Cream Eating Contest and a Wine & Cheese tasting. There also will be patriotic celebrations on each day.
The annual Firehouse Breakfast starts off July 3, followed by a trio of parades with the Kids’ Bike Parade, the Doggie Parade and the Tahoe Salutes our Heroes Parade. Then, head to the Village Green for the all-day music festival featuring Grand Funk Railroad (see feature in The Music Scene).
The 4th starts off with the Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek and features a pancake breakfast, carnival and barbecue, parachute and rescue demonstration, Rubber Duck Races, and culminates with the Reno Philharmonic Concert and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (Some events are only open to IVGID passholders and guests.) |

Michelle and Mike the most famous dog of Kings Beach · 

Beach Party & Fireworks | Kings Beach

8:30 a.m. | Run to the Beach | North Tahoe Regional Park to Tahoe Vista Rec. Area
4-6 p.m. | Sand Castle Building Contest | North Tahoe Event Center
4-9 p.m. | Free games | North Tahoe Event Center
4-10 p.m. | Beer, Wine & Mixed Drink Garden & food vendors | North Tahoe Event Center
4:30 p.m. | Knee Deep Water Race | North Tahoe Event Center
6:15 p.m. | Watermelon Eating Contest | North Tahoe Event Center
6:45 p.m. | Patriotic Costume Contest | North Tahoe Event Center

Start the celebrations early with a lakefront Beach Party and Fireworks on July 3 in Kings Beach. The Beach Party kicks off at 4 p.m. with food vendors, a beer, wine and drink garden and preferred seating for the fireworks show at the North Tahoe Event Center.
Join the all-day festivities with a sand castle building contest, Knee Deep Water Race, Watermelon Eating Contest and the Patriotic Costume Contest. Also enjoy games, glow toys, music and more capped by the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Entrance to the Beach Party is free and preferred seating is $15 per person with limited space available. |

Support your local fireworks | TCDA · 

Bell Bottom Beach Bash & Fireworks | Tahoe City

Noon-4 p.m. | DJ Chapin | Downtown
Noon-4 p.m. | Kip Yager | Commons Beach
1-5 p.m. | Face Painting | Commons Beach
5:30 p.m. | Magic Show | Commons Beach
4 p.m.-dusk | DJ Chapin | Commons Beach
7 p.m. | Raffle drawing | Commons Beach

Tahoe City’s 70th annual fireworks promises to be a spectacular display unlike any other and starts off with Tahoe City’s 70s Bell Bottom Beach Bash at noon on Commons Beach including music by DJ Chapin and a variety of fun activities from hula hooping to performances by Penney the Clown and Kip Yager and playing with beach balls. Food vendors will be on site and merchandise will be available on the street and Commons Beach. Also join in the hula hopping contest, wheelbarrow races and corn hole on Commons Beach. The fireworks show over Lake Tahoe starts at dusk (about 9:30 p.m.) with DJ Chapin providing tunes to coincide with the fireworks. |

Truckee parade · 

Parades & family fun | Truckee

7-10 a.m. | Pancake Breakfast | Truckee Fire Station 92
9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. | Beach Party at West End Beach | Donner Lake
9:45 a.m. | Firecracker Mile | U.S. Bank to Train Depot
10 a.m. | 4th of July Parade | Truckee High School to Downtown
2 p.m. | Kids Bike Parade | Northstar

The fun starts at 9 a.m. when the Fourth of July Beach Party kicks off at West End Beach on Donner Lake. The day features live music, games include Tug of War, 3-legged races, Pie Eating contests and Sack Races, food and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. The Beach Party is open to TDRPD residents and homeowners only with tickets $6 in advance only.
Truckee’s annual 4th of July Parade is the quintessential display of small-town Americana, with this year’s parade starting at 10 a.m. at Truckee High School. Get your spot early to view the parade as it meanders down Donner Pass Road to downtown Truckee. This year’s theme of Live-Work-Play Truckee! celebrates everyone in the community that enjoys life in the mountains every day or when visiting. But, before the start of the parade, don’t miss the Firecracker Miller at 9:45 a.m. |
After the parade in downtown Truckee, head over to the Village at Northstar to enjoy the Kids Bike Parade. Kids are invited to decorate bikes, Big Wheels, clothing, themselves or anything else in front of Mine from 12:30 to 2 p.m., and then to join a parade through the Village at 2 p.m. along with the Northstar Fire Department and CHP. Also enjoy complimentary face painting and balloon twisting from noon to 3 p.m. |