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The Fourth of July (Independence Day) is on a Tuesday in 2017. There will be some spectacular fireworks displays and extra hearty partying all around the Reno / Tahoe area.

Star Spangled Sparks - 2 Days of Fireworks

Saturday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017. On both days, events begin at 4 p.m., fireworks at about 9:45 p.m. The region's longest, most spectacular fireworks display is set off from the roof of Nugget Casino Resort while thousands celebrate our nation's birthday on Victorian Square below. The event is free and features live entertainment for the whole family, a kid's area and an array of food choices. On both days, enjoy a Victorian Square Street Party featuring live music, food vendors, crafts, costumed patriotic bike parade for kids and fireworks. If you'd like experience the VIP Fireworks Viewing Party (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. The VIP party includes premium seating across from the Nugget for fireworks viewing with picnic style BBQ (hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, dessert and complimenty drinks).

4th of July at Aces Ballpark

Tuesday, July 4, 2017. A big 4th of July fireworks show will light the skies over Aces Ballpark following the night's game against the Tacoma Rainiers. The game starts at 6:35 p.m. There will also be games on July 5 and 6, both starting at 7:05 p.m.

4th of July at Artown

With July being Artown in Reno, there will be patriotic events to celebrate America's Independence Day. All are free and will be at Wingfield Park by the Truckee River.

  • Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus - Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy patriotic and classical favorites at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. Conducted by Jason Altieri, the family friendly performance will end with a fantastic choreographed firework finale. Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner, or buy food from vendors at the park.

4th Fourth of July Fireworks shows, Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Star Spangled Sparks and Lights on the Lake fireworks shows for the 4th of July. Photos © Stan White

Fireworks Shows in Virginia City and at Lake Tahoe

4th of July in Virginia City - Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Virginia City offers an authentic, home-town Independence Day experience with a 4th of July parade at 12 noon, raffle and auction, the Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert, old-west shootouts, shopping, train rides on the V&T Railroad and the big fireworks display at dark.

Lights on the Lake at South Lake Tahoe - Tuesday, July 4, 2017. This is one of the top five fireworks displays in the nation. 4th of July holiday visitors will see fireworks bursts of unusual and whimsical shapes such as jellyfish, stars, butterflies, and smiley faces. The best viewing spots for the 9:45 p.m. show around South Lake Tahoe beaches include Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach area, Nevada Beach, Tallac Historic Site, Timber Cove Marina, Edgewood Tahoe, and on the lake aboard M.S. Dixie II paddlewheeler or private boat rentals. The program is simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. The fireworks show is just one of many Fourth of July weekend events happening around South Lake Tahoe.

Red, White and Tahoe Blue at Incline Village - Saturday through Tuesday, July 1 - 4, 2017. This event is a whole weekend of 20+ family activities, including a parade, community parade, the Marine Band of San Diego and fireworks on July 4. Note that all events are not free. Ticket information is available from event listings on the online calendar. For additional information, call (323) 490-3281. Access to Incline Village beaches is restricted to residents and guests. However, you can see the fireworks for free from various locations around Incline Village. Get details from the Calendar of Events.

July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party - Monday, July 3, 2017. Admission is free to this event, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center on the beach at Kings Beach State Recreation Area (about 5.5 miles west of Incline Village on Highway 28). The event will include food trucks and vendors, a beer/wine and mixed drink garden, free watermelon eating, sand castle building and patriotic costume contests, games, music by the San Diego Marine Double Time Brass Band, fireworks glow toys, souvenirs and more. You can spend a little and get a preferred seating chair on the beach for the fireworks show.

July 4th Fireworks in Tahoe City - Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Tahoe City is billed as one of America's best 4th of July displays. The festivities begin with a family beach day at Commons Beach, as well as food and activities all day long throughout downtown — all leading up to the biggest, brightest, and most dazzling fireworks show you've ever seen. It's free to attend, with donations accepted to help support the event. Tahoe City is south of Truckee on Highway 89, on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe. For more information, call (530) 583-3348.

Genoa Americana Celebration - Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come out to Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa and discover the Genoa Americana Celebration. This free event includes a parade and opening ceremony, games, live music, chicken BBQ and jam sessions. Bring drinking water and low backed chairs or blankets and enjoy listening to music on the grass, under the shade of the big trees. The Carson City Symphony & Chorus will be performing at 4:30 p.m. Be sure to visit the log cabin museum and see artifacts used by early pioneers.

Fireworks are Illegal in Washoe County

Except for regulated fireworks shows, it is illegal to set off any kind of fireworks in Washoe County and in all areas (both Nevada and California) around Lake Tahoe. That's why we don't have those fireworks stands like you may have seen in other places. If you choose to ignore this prohibition, you will face stiff penalties. If your irresponsible behavior causes a fire and/or harm to people or property, you will be liable and could end up broke for the rest of your life. Go enjoy one of the fireworks shows in the area and leave the pyrotechnics to the experts.

The only exception to the no fireworks rule is at Pyramid Lake, where you can buy fireworks and shoot them off at designated locations within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation and according to the rules set forth by the tribe.

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