Fourth of July Celebrations at Lake Tahoe

Fireworks, South Shore, Lake Tahoe, NV.
South Shore, Lake Tahoe. Getty Images/stevedunleavy.com

If you're visiting Lake Tahoe on the Fourth of July, you'll find fireworks shows and celebrations scheduled on both the California and Nevada sides of the lake. At South Lake Tahoe, California, the Lights on the Lake fireworks show rates as one of the top displays in the country, but there are plenty of activities and festivities to celebrate the day around the lake.

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    Lights on the Lake in South Lake Tahoe, California, is always spectacular. This show is synchronized to music and billed as one of the largest and best Independence Day fireworks displays in the country. The free show starts at 9:45 p.m. For an excellent view, schedule a ride on one of Lake Tahoe's paddle wheelers and watch from the water. More great viewing spots include Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Bijou Community Park, Tallac Historic Site, and the beach at Edgewood-Tahoe golf course. If you're feeling really adventurous, book a ride with Pacific North Helicopters.

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    The Red, White, and Tahoe Blue Fireworks Extravaganza takes place at Incline Village and Crystal Bay on Lake Tahoe's north shore on the Nevada side. More than 45 special holiday events are scheduled for June 30–July 4, including a pancake breakfast, parade, kids' activities, ice cream eating contest, veterans' tribute, and rubber duck races. On July 4, the big fireworks show launches from barges off Incline Beach at 9:30 p.m.

    Note that Incline Beach is private property belonging to the local homeowners' association. Access is restricted to residents and their guests between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. After 8 p.m., the public can visit the beach and watch the fireworks.

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    At North Lake Tahoe's Kings Beach (on the California side of the lake just west of Incline Village), the party starts at 7 p.m. and features food vendors, a beer garden, and performances by the San Diego Marines Double-Time Brass Band. Enjoy the July 3 fireworks show launched from barges at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for preferred fireworks seating outside the North Tahoe Event Center are available online.

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    The annual Tahoe City Fourth of July celebration takes place at Commons Beach on the north shore of Lake Tahoe (California side). From 5:30 to 9 p.m., Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que hosts an outdoor patio party featuring live music. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fireworks starting at dusk on July 4. The fireworks display is free, but donations to support this and future fireworks shows are accepted.

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    Truckee Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks

    This old-fashioned hometown Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Truckee High School and marches down Donner Pass Road, ending up in historic downtown Truckee, California. A free shuttle service will take parade-goers from Truckee neighborhoods to downtown. Starting at 9 a.m., West End Beach on Donner Lake will open with games and music beginning at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $6 and proof of Truckee residency or home ownership is required. Fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. and will be visible from many spots around the lake.