Fourth of July Celebrations at Lake Tahoe

Fireworks & Festivals Celebrating the 4th of July

4th of July fireworks at Lake Tahoe
••• 4th of July fireworks at Lake Tahoe. Photo © Stan White

Lake Tahoe Fourth 4th of July fireworks shows and events are happening 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 at Lake Tahoe

Lights on the Lake at South Lake Tahoe - Lights 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 paddlewheelers and watch from out on the water. Here are some other good viewing spots...

For information about where each of these spots are located, refer to the Lights on the Lake website. Thousands of people go up to Lake Tahoe for this show, so get there early to ensure a good viewing place.

Red, White, and Tahoe Blue - Red, 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 Thursday, July 3, and running through Saturday, July 5. The big fireworks show will launch from barges off Incline Beach at about 9:30 p.m. on the 4th of July.

Check out the online events calendar for details about what is happening and when.

(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.

Learn more about beaches in the Incline Village area, both public and private.)

July 3rd Fireworks Show & Beach Party - From north Lake Tahoe's Kings Beach, just west of Incline Village on the California side, freely enjoy a 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 Celebration - The 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. For more information, call (530) 583-3348.

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.

Fireworks and a family activities day will be at Donner Lake's West End Beach starting at 9 a.m. Get the details from the Fourth of July at West End Beach flyer. Fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. and will be visible from many spots around the lake.

4th of July in Reno and Sparks

In addition to Lake Tahoe 4th of July fun, there are lots of Fourth of July fireworks and events going on in the Truckee Meadows metro area of Reno and Sparks. Do remember, though, that personal fireworks are illegal all over northern Nevada and at Lake Tahoe. Don't risk starting a wildfire, injuring someone, and/or getting arrested - enjoy one of our spectacular professional fireworks shows instead.