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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 2019. There will be some spectacular fireworks displays and extra hearty partying all around the Reno / Tahoe area.

Star Spangled Sparks

Thursday, July 4, 2019. 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 entertainment (featuring The Garage Boys) and food and craft vendor booths. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and culminate with fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. If you'd like experience the ticketed VIP Viewing area (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), tickets are $55 and can be purchased online. The VIP area includes great view seating with a food and beverage buffet of picnic style choices. No dogs, glass bottles or BBQs allowed at this event. Check the website for more information. free park and ride shuttles will be available from the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center and Sparks Christian Fellowship.

4th of July with the Reno Aces at Greater Nevada Field

Thursday, July 4, 2019. A big 4th of July fireworks show will light the skies over Greater Nevada Field following the night's game against the Sacramento River Cats. The game starts at 6:35 p.m. There will also be games on July 5 and 6 starting at 7:05 p.m. A Sunday game on July 7 starts at 1:05 p.m. If you can't make the game on the 4th, there will also be fireworks after Friday's game on July 5.

4th of July at Artown

With July being Artown in Reno, there will be patriotic events to celebrate America's Independence Day.

  • American Salute July 4 Celebration with the Reno Phil - Thursday, July 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will perform patriotic and classical favorites at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. Conducted by Laura Jackson, the family friendly and free performance will end with a fireworks 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

4th of July with the Reno 1868 FC Soccer at Greater Nevada Field

Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 7:15 p.m. Reno 1868 FC takes on Rio Grande Valley FC ,in a game that includes an Independence Day celebration and fireworks following the match. Come root for the home team.

4th of July in the Park at Damonte Ranch

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy this 4th of July celebration at Damonte Ranch Park, 1950 Steamboat Parkway in Reno. There will be live entertainment, face painting, clowns, complimentary ice cream, kids decorated bike parade and more. The fireworks display goes off at 9:15 p.m.

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

Stars & Stripes Trains on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad

Friday through Sunday, July 5 - 7, 2019. There will be 3 ride choices to celebrate the 4th of July, plus each passenger gets a free holiday goodie bag. Choose a one-way ride from Carson City to Virginia City in the morning or the other way around in the afternoon. Or, book the round-trip from Carson City to Virginia City and return. All options are available each day. To book your ride, go to the website, click on the Buy Tickets link and choose the date and trip version you would like.

Fourth of July Celebration at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City

Thursday through Sunday, July 4 - 7, 2019. View the Parade of Trains at 9:45 a.m. each morning featuring steam locomotive No. 25, the McKeen Motor Car, and the historic wood-burning locomotive from 1875, No. 22, the Inyo. The Glenbrook will be under steam and operating demonstration runs as well. From 10:40 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be alternating runs of the McKeen Motor Car and No. 25, allowing visitors to ride both trains. An all-inclusive wristband is available each day of the event and features admission to the museum and unlimited train rides. Wristbands are $15 for adults, $10 museum members, $9 children 12 to 17, $5 kids 4 to 11, free for 3 and under. (775) 687-6953 x224.

4th of July Parade and Fireworks in Virginia City

Thursday, July 4, 2019. Virginia City offers an authentic, home-town Independence Day experience throughout town with a 4th of July parade at 12 noon, Squeek Steel and Lady and the Tramps at the Bucket of Blood Saloon, Silverwing at the Ponderosa Saloon, Delta Saloon parking lot BBQ, Second Amendment concert with David Johns and the Comstock Cowboys, shopping, train rides on the V&T Railroad and the big fireworks display at dusk.

Lights on the Lake at South Lake Tahoe

Thursday, July 4, 2019. 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, Lakeside Beach, Heli-Tahoe helicopters, 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.

Incline Village / Crystal Bay Fireworks

Wednesday through Friday, July 3 - 5, 2019. There will be three days of events at what was formerly called Red White and Tahoe Blue. See the schedule of events to see what is happening and when. The fireworks will be fired off from Incline Beach. There will be a free shuttle from various locations to Incline Beach during the day of the 4th and for the fireworks show.

July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party

Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Admission is free to this event, from 7 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 vendors and a beer/wine garden. You can spend a little and get a preferred seating chair on the beach for the fireworks show.

Tahoe City 4th of July Fireworks Show

Thursday, July 4, 2019. 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 & July 4th Chicken BBQ

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 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, and chicken BBQ (requires ticket). 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 Orchestra will be performing at 4:30 p.m. Be sure to visit the log cabin museum and see artifacts used by early pioneers.

Lake Tahoe 4th of July Freedom Fest at Squaw Valley

Thursday through Saturday, July 4 - 6, 2019. Celebrate summer skiing and the 4th of July at our music and ski festiva. There will be 3 days of live music from Grant Farm at Gold Coast, paying tribute to the 1991 concert by the Jerry Garcia Band that took place near this location. We'll have more music at the High Camp pool and hot tub and a free show at KT Base Bar with Paul Oakenfold and a fireworks display. Squaw Valley is south of Truckee at 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA.

Old Fashioned 4th of July at Ft. Churchill State Historic Park

Saturday, July 6, 2019, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day the old fashioned way with traditional games, homemade toys and crafts, sweet treats from the 1800s. Activities for all ages will include: sack races, three-legged races, quoits (ring toss), bean bag toss, watermelon seed spitting contest and hand-cranked ice cream. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and plan to spend the afternoon enjoying the park. Park entrance fees fo $5 per vehicle apply. There is no additional cost to participate in the event. (775) 577-2345.

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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