Fourth of July in Truckee/Tahoe
Saturday is the 4th of July and the best way to celebrate Independence Day is in a small town. Truckee puts on a full display of quintessential Americana events. Wake up early and start your day off right by heading down to Truckee fire station #92 and fill up on a delicious pancake breakfast with fellow community members. Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am. If you want to burn off some of those pancakes or just test your speed against some of the best in town, enter the Firecracker Mile race. This 1 mile downhill race starts at 9:45 from the Gateway center on Donner Pass Road, follows the parade route and ends in downtown Truckee in front of the parade judging stand. Click here to sign up early.
From the finish line you can pick a spot along the parade route that travels down Donner Pass Road from Tahoe-Truckee High School ending in Historic Downtown Truckee. Parade starts at 10am and is usually over around noon. This year’s theme is “Live-Work-Play TRUCKEE” and will celebrate everyone in our community that enjoys life in the mountains every day or when visiting. Don’t miss the fire engines, old cars, hometown floats, marching bands, dancing, bike riding, equestrian groups and so much more in-between.
What’s next?… Beach time! The shores of Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake will be packed with kids, family, friends, food, drinks and plenty of fun. With temperatures predicted to be in the 80’s, you can’t go wrong with some fun in the sun and water.
Come nighttime, bring a blanket, lay back and get ready for the firework show! Depending on what beach you end up at, there are a few firework shows to choose from. Below is an outline of locations so you can be sure to get the best spot!
July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party
Friday, July 3rd
4pm – 10pm
A great option for those who want to see 2 nights of fireworks or want to skip the Fourth of July rush and celebrate early!
Tahoe City, Commons Beach
Tahoe City’s 70th Annual
4th of July Fireworks Show & Beach Bash
Saturday, July 4th
11am – 10pm
This is the place to be on Lake Tahoe. Fireworks can also be seen at other nearby beaches or by boat.
Truckee, Donner Lake
Fourth of July at West End Beach
Saturday, July 4th
12pm – 10:30pm
Many options for firework viewing. These fireworks can be seen from any point on the Donner Lake shore or from above at Donner Summit or looking down over the edge from Tahoe Donner.
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