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Fourth 4th of July Fireworks in Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe

Celebrate Independence Day in the Reno Region

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The Fourth of July (Independence Day) is on a Thursday in 2024. There will be some spectacular fireworks displays and extra hearty partying all around the Reno / Tahoe area.

Patriotic Pops at the Field

Wednesday, July 3, 2024. Gates open at 6 p.m., opening act at 6:30 p.m. and concert at 8 p.m. Get ready to feel your heart swell with pride as the orchestra strikes up a rousing rendition of your favorite, red, white, and blue tunes. The musicians will take you on a journey through America's rich musical heritage, performing iconic patriotric and pops songs from across this nation's history. Tickets are available online. At Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave. in Reno.

Star Spangled Sparks

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks is once again hosting the area's largest Independence Day party and fireworks display, fired off from the roof of the Nugget. The event is free and features live music, food and beverage vendors and arts and crafts booths. Festivities culminate with fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Dogs, barbecues, tents and glass bottles are not permitted on Victorian Square during special events.

Fireworks at Reno Aces Baseball

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 6:35 p.m. The Aces take on the Sacramento River Cats for this Independence Day game, capped off with a fireworks spectacular. More games vs. the River Cats are July 5 - 6, with fireworks following the game on both July 5 and 6.

Fireworks over Grand Bay

Thursday, July 4, 2024. Join GSR to celebrate Independence Day with a grand fireworks display over Grand Bay beginning at dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.). The best viewing locations are on the south side of the casino-resort facing Grand Bay and at The Pool. Fun for the entire family, entry to The Pool is $25 per person and $10 per child for non-hotel guests, and a special BBQ meal will be available for purchase. Free viewing from the parking lot is subject to availability. The Grand Sierra is at 2500 E. 2nd St. in Reno.

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

Activities and Fireworks Shows in Carson City, Virginia City, at Lake Tahoe and Other Nearby Areas

4th of July Parade and Fireworks in Virginia City

Thursday, July 4, 2024. Virginia City offers an Independence Day experience throughout town with a 4th of July parade starting at 12 noon. The parade is full of candy-throwing, classic cars and car clubs, first responders, military, veteran organizations and more. Train rides on the V&T Railroad will be available. The fireworks are at dusk, preceded by a free concert from David John and the Comstock Cowboys.

Steam Trains and Motor Cars at the Nevada State Railroad Museum

July 4 - 7, 2024. Historic Glenbrook locomotive will be pulling cars for rides and rides behind steam locomotive 25 will be available. In addition, the McKeen and Edwards motor cars will be available for rides. A special fund-raising event will be held on July 5 - "A Railroad Runs Through It: The Life Lessons of Walt Disney." Visit the website for details. At the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City.

Lights on the Lake at South Lake Tahoe

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 9:45 p.m. 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. 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, Lakeside Beach, and on the lake aboard M.S. Dixie II paddlewheeler or private boat rentals. The program is simulcast on local radio station KRLT-FM 93.9. In addition, there will be a parade and airshow in South Lake Tahoe during the day.

Local Heroes 4th of July Celebration at Incline Village

July 2 - 4, 2024. These are free events, culminating with a 4th of July fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Incline Village's 4th of July celebration honors the local heroes who make our lives safer and brighter every day. The fireworks show is a return of Red, White and Tahoe Blue II after a 5 year hiatus. Visit the website for more details and a schedule of events.

Tahoe City 4th of July Celebrations

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 12 noon to 10 p.m. Free. Tahoe City will have the largest drone light show ever done at Lake Tahoe, featuring 300 drones. There will be fun at the Lake all day long with food, drinks, and activities taking place on Commons Beach and throughout Tahoe City.

Fourth of July Fireworks event in Carson City

Thursday, July 4, 2024. Festivities kick off with a fundraiser golf tournament at Eagle Valley Golf Course. The tournament is followed by a dinner, music and fireworks at about 9:30 p.m.

Genoa Americana Celebration

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Come out to Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa and discover the Genoa Americana Celebration. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to this free event and get ready for a fun day in the sun starting off with the Children's & Pet Parade beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by live music, games, water activities, and much more. The Carson City Symphony Orchestra will be performing at 3:45 p.m. Be sure to visit the log cabin museum and see artifacts used by early pioneers. Genoa is located in the Carson Valley, a few miles south of Carson City.

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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