Fourth of July Celebrations in Truckee and Lake Tahoe


We always have passionate debates on the best 4th of July celebrations around Truckee and North Tahoe because there are so many amazing ways to spend the holiday. Spending the 4th in Truckee is filled with family fun, shenanigans, and a fun firework display at Donner Lake. Then there is the Tahoe City fireworks, a 74 year-long tradition and spectacular show. Those two celebrations shouldn’t overshadow the Kings Beach and Incline Village parties happening from June 30th - July 4th. With so much going on, it will be hard to choose what to do. Where ever you end up, though, you and your family will be sure to have an amazing time.



Firecracker Mile: Start the 4th with a little movement (so you can spend the rest of the day with guilt-free at the beach!) at the Firecracker Mile Race. The short race is great for the whole family—even your pups—and the downhill course will take the pain out for non-runners. Racers are encouraged to wear festive attire, so we’ll see you there in your tutus and feather boas.

Parade: Once again, our favorite parade returns to the streets of Truckee to celebrate our incredible community and our history as a nation. The parade will run the length of Donner Pass Road from the High School to Downtown! We love grabbing a seat by the train depot and watching all the floats and performers. Be warned: navigating Downtown Truckee in a car will be difficult as the road will be closed to traffic and parking availability will be sparse. The parade starts at 10, so there is plenty of time to run the firecracker mile before.

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks at Donner Lake: Celebrate the 4th of July at the traditional West End Beach party and fireworks. Besides enjoying the fireworks and the lovely Donner Lake, bring the family along for an entire day of games, live music and delicious, local food! Act quickly, though! Tickets usually sell out before the 4th and will not be sold at the door. You won’t want to miss this Truckee Independence tradition.

Tahoe Donner residents should take advantage of the free shuttle to the Tahoe Donner marina running on the 4th. The shuttle service will run continuous loops starting at noon until everyone has departed after the fireworks to the beach from the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area parking lots.


Photo via Visit Truckee

Photo via Visit Truckee


Tahoe City

Dyno-mite Big Bang: Tahoe City is promising that their 74th Annual fireworks show will dazzle all the previous ones into shame. Before the sunsets, enjoy live local music with Mr. D and Kandy. Like most firework shows in the area, they are entirely funded by grants, sponsorships, and donations from local businesses and the community. We love to spend the day shopping and dining in Tahoe City to show our support. The local restaurants are also the best places to see the firework show. We like the patios at Jake’s on the Lake, Sunnyside and Wolfdale’s. Planning on cooking up your own BBQ? Hang out at Commons Beach with the family!




Incline Village

Red, White, and Tahoe Blue: Starting June 30th, will jolt into action with Independence Day celebrations and tributes. The fun includes Veterans’ Lunch and Honors Ceremony, Flag Raising Ceremony, Beer and Brats, Pancake breakfasts, Duck races, and concludes with a Fireworks Extravaganza. We will see you there for the Ice Cream Eating Contest and subsequent Wine and Cheese gathering on the 2nd. Full list of events HERE.



Kings Beach

July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party: Start the holiday off a day early with North Tahoe Business Association’s 39th Annual July 3rd Fireworks and Beach Party. We love coming here to celebrate because of the fantastic backdrop Tahoe adds to the firework show! The event is free, but we love shelling out the $25 for preferred seating for a great view and comfy chairs. There is a local food and a beer/wine garden as well as a live performance by the San Diego Marines Double-Time Brass Band. Get more information, donate, or buy preferred seating here.

Run to the Beach: Keep the party going in Kings Beach on the 4th of July by competing in the Run to the Beach Race. This race is more for laughs than Olympic qualifications, and participants can choose to run, walk, or stroll the 5 or 10k course. The trails are gorgeous and after the race, you can cool-down with a quick jump in the lake or a cold one at the awards ceremony. This event is sure to be a great time in our gorgeous backyard.


Keep Tahoe Blue

After the fireworks, celebrations, and hair-of-the-dogs, help Keep Tahoe Blue by volunteering time to pick up trash at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area or the Tahoe City’s Common’s Beach. Just bring along some water, sunscreen, and a good attitude and Keep Tahoe Blue will provide the rest (including refreshments and raffle prizes!). Find more information HERE