4th of July Celebrations at Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Fireworks
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Lake Tahoe Fourth 4th of July fireworks shows and events happen annually all around the lake. At South Lake Tahoe, the show titled Lights on the Lake is rated as one of the top fireworks shows in the whole country.

4th of July Events at Lake Tahoe

Lights on the Lake at South Lake TahoeLights on the Lake in South Lake Tahoe is always spectacular. It's synchronized to music and is billed as one of the largest and best Independence Day fireworks displays in the country.

The show is free and starts at around 9:45 p.m. For a really good view, book a ride on one of Lake Tahoe's paddle wheelers and watch from out on the water. Here are some more good viewing spots: Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Bijou Community Park, Tallac Historic Site, The beach at Edgewood-Tahoe golf course, From the air: Reno Tahoe Helicopters.

Red, White, and Tahoe BlueRed, White, and Tahoe Blue is a 4th of July festival in Incline Village and Crystal Bay on Lake Tahoe's north shore. There will four days of events, starting on July 1st and running through July 4th. The big fireworks show will launch from barges off Incline Beach at about 9:30 p.m. on the 4th of July. (Note about access to Incline Beach: 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.)

July 3rd Fireworks Show & Beach PartyFrom North Lake Tahoe's Kings Beach, just west of Incline Village on the California side, freely enjoy fireworks show launched out over the water at 9:30 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., a Beach Party will be happening at Kings Beach and the adjacent North Tahoe Event Center.

There will be food vendors, a beer/wine and mixed drink garden, free watermelon eating, sand castle building, patriotic costume contests, games, music and live entertainment, fireworks glow toys, souvenirs and more. Bring your own beach chairs and blankets.

Tahoe City 4th of July CelebrationThe annual Tahoe City 4th of July Celebration and fireworks show in Tahoe City will take place at Commons Beach on Lake Tahoe's west shore. There will be a street fair during the day, with a dunk tank, climbing wall, corn hole games, and more. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fireworks starting at dusk on the Fourth. It's free to attend, but donations to support this and future fireworks shows are gladly accepted.

Truckee 4th of July Parade and Fireworks: This old-fashioned hometown 4th of July parade starts at 10 a.m. on the west end of town and marches down Donner Pass Road, ending up in historic downtown Truckee. A family and community activities day commences after the parade. Fireworks are at dusk and will be visible from many spots around the lake.