Celebrate the stars and stripes
Celebrate the stars and stripes in style in Lake Tahoe with several days of live music, parades, and fun on the beach followed by, of course, fireworks. Beach parties abound throughout the region. Try spending the 4th watching the fireworks from your favorite lakefront restaurant, on a cruise on Lake Tahoe, or by paddleboard or kayak. Make your reservations early. (See Events in this issue for more details.)
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Red, White and Tahoe Blue
July 1-4 | Incline Village, Nev.
Incline Village begins the celebration on July 1 with kid’s bike decorating followed by a flag retirement ceremony. On July 2, enjoy a parade through Incline Village and Crystal Bay and a community day on the green with live music from Sneaky Creatures and the MarchFourth! Marching Band.
Family Day takes place on July 3 with the Incline High School Jazz Band, A Community Entertainment Showcase, Dan Kimm Hypnotic show and the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra. Face painting, bubble making and an ice cream eating contest is offered for the kids and wine and cheese tastings are on tap for the adults. Rise and shine on July 4 for the Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek followed by a day of music and festivities on the Village Green. After the sun goes down, the 10th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza begins with viewing locations at Incline Beach (open to residents only) and the Village Green. | redwhitetahoeblue.org
July 3rd Fireworks and Beach Party
July 3 | Kings Beach
With so many options for beautiful beaches with spectacular fireworks displays it can be hard to decide where to spend your 4th of July in Tahoe, however with Kings Beach celebrating a day early the decision is slightly easier.
The 37th annual July 3rd Fireworks and Beach Party kicks off at 4 p.m. and admission is free. Kids may enjoy a sand castle building contest and kids and adults can compete in the watermelon-eating contest. The skies light up at 9:30 p.m. so be sure to grab a spot on the beach and get comfortable. | northtahoebusiness.org
Fourth of July in Truckee
July 4 | Truckee
Lace up your running shoes for the Truckee Firecracker Mile. This fun run begins at US Bank on Donner Pass Road and continues to the Train Depot in historic downtown. Immediately following the run is the annual July 4th Parade, which begins on the west end of town and ends in historic down town. This year’s theme is Base Camp for a Big Life. Afterwards head down to Donner Lake for an afternoon in the sun followed by fireworks under the stars. | truckee.com
Town of Truckee | Justine Pretorious
July 4 Funky Beach Bash and Fireworks
July 4 | Commons Beach | Tahoe City
Live music and fun in the sun are the highlights of the Tahoe City July 4th celebrations. Enjoy tunes from Mr. D and Kip Yager on Commons Beach starting at 11 a.m. Kids may enjoy face painting and a magic show by Harry the Magic Man. Food and drink vendors, including a beer garden, starting at noon, and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. | visittahoecity.com
Lights on the Lake Fireworks
July 4 | South Lake Tahoe
Start the day off with the July 4 parade in honor of American Legion Post 795 with Legion members as parade marshals. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Highway 50 and 89 intersections and concludes at Al Tahoe Boulevard. A party follows at the American Legion at 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Lights on the Lake is rated as one of the top Fireworks displays in the nation but the American Pyrotechnics Associations. Deciding where to get the best view is the difficult part. Take a cruise for a unique vantage point on the lake. Timber Cove, Baldwin Beach, Lakeview Commons and Nevada Beach are great options for those who which to stay on shore. Tune your radio to KRLT-FM 93.9 or KOWL-AM 1490 for a synchronized music broadcast with the show. | tahoesouth.com
July 3 | Kings Beach | 9:30 p.m.
Donner Lake | 9:30 p.m.
Tahoe City | 9:30 p.m.
Incline Village | 9:30 p.m.
Reno | 9:30 p.m.
Virginia City | Dark
South Lake Tahoe | 9:45 p.m.
Sparks | 9:45 p.m.
Ditch the car
Park the car, and take your bike, walk or use the public transit to make the most of your 4th of July.
North Shore & Truckee (TART) | tahoetruckeetransit.com
South Lake Tahoe & Stateline (East Shore Express) | tahoetransportation.org