The most American of holidays—the 4th of July—gets a lot of attention in the Reno/Sparks area. For Fourth of July 2017, you can watch fireworks and join the festivities all around the area, in Reno, Sparks, the Lake Tahoe area, Carson City and Virginia City.
In Reno and Washoe County, no fireworks are legal except approved public fireworks displays, period. Learn more about the dangers of illegal fireworks and why you simply shouldn't do it. There's no better way to ruin a fun Fourth of July celebration than starting a wildfire, injuring yourself or someone else or getting arrested.
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Star Spangled Sparks is the biggest Fourth of July celebration in the Reno area, with fireworks shot off from the roof of the Nugget Casino Resort. The 2017 celebration takes place on July 1 and July 4 beginning at 4 p.m., and on both days there will be a street party on Victorian Square with activities for the kids, including a bike parade; live entertainment; and tons of great food. Around 9:45 p.m., get ready for what's billed as the longest fireworks display in the region. Watch from below on Victorian Square or buy tickets to the VIP Fireworks Viewing Party, which includes premium seating along with burgers, hot dogs, sides, desserts and drinks.
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The fireworks show at Lake Tahoe is so special that it's been written about in USA Today, Travel + Leisure and Forbes Traveler. The fireworks are shot from barges in the lake for that over-the-water spectacular view, and the whole show is choreographed to music. You can watch from boats that have dining and viewing packages or anywhere on land since the show can be seen from everywhere around the town.
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Also about a half hour's drive from Reno, Carson City offers up a Fourth of July celebration that also includes a full-on carnival, along with live music and food vendors. The celebration takes place at Mills Park from July 1 to July 4. It ends with a literal bang on the July 4, with a big fireworks display set to patriotic music that begins at dusk.
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The Reno Aces are playing the Tacoma Rainiers at 6:35 p.m. on July 4 in Aces Ballpark. And after the game, yes, a big blowout of a fireworks display will fill the sky over the stadium. Ballpark hot dogs are quintessential Fourth of July food, and watching America's pastime could not be more appropriate on this holiday.
The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will play patriotic music appropriate to the day from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. For the grand finale -- fireworks. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic. Or you can buy food from food vendors in the park.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Go to Virginia City, just about a half an hour's drive from Reno, for an all-day, small-town-style Fourth of July celebration. The parade starts at noon along streets bedecked in red, white and blue. During the day, check out Old West-style cowboy shootouts, the Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert, raffles, auctions and train rides. As night falls, a stunning fireworks display begins.
For a special treat, ride the V&T Railroad from Carson City to Virginia City and arrive just in time for the big Fourth of July parade. Find out the details and get tickets online for this real Old West experience.