Your Guide to the 4th of July in Truckee


It’s no secret that Truckee and the shores of Donner Lake provide the quintessential 4th of July experience. If it wasn’t enough that Truckee is an incredible destination in July, it’s also home to multiple fireworks shows and a magnitude of 4th of July events.

Whether you're spending the day on a lake, grilling in the backyard, or enjoying live music, fireworks and parades, Truckee is the best place to spend your 4th of July. To ensure you don't miss anything we have rounded up our favorite Truckee events in our guide to the 4th of July (and sharing our locals secrets)!

Northstar’s Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival  → Great beer and great music? You will find us here! Northstar California’s Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival is one of our top summer events. Taking place July 5-7th, this year’s festival features two stages of live music, craft beers from 40+ breweries and ciders, a beer run, hiking, and mountain biking. What’s more, enjoy the Brewmaster Dinner on the 7th, which is a meticulously curated evening featuring five seasonally inspired dishes paired with locally sourced craft beers. Expand your taste buds and enjoy the company of fellow ale lovers while the sun sets over the golf course and Martis Valley. Purchase your tickets here.

The Firecracker Mile → A one-mile, gravity fed, fun event for all ages and abilities right before the annual Truckee Fourth of July Parade. The course is all downhill and follows the route of the parade downtown on Donner Pass Rd, ending where the parade ends with a left turn onto Bridge Street. Click here to sign up before July 3rd at 4 PM.
Locals tip - register at Tahoe Mountain Sports from July 1st - 3rd and receive 10% off any full price item over $50

Truckee 4th of July Parade → The annual Truckee 4th of July Parade takes place in Historic Downtown Truckee and runs from 10 AM - 12:30 PM. It's a free Truckee tradition and fun for the whole family and community. This year's theme:  150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad in Truckee.
Locals tip - get inspired watching the parade and then head to Northstar California for a bike parade that's all your own. Free red, white, and blue decorations will be available in front of Mine Children's Store to decorate your bike, scooter, stroller or dog to be stars of the parade. 

Fireworks at Donner Lake →  Shooting off from the West End Beach, the Donner Lake Fourth of July fireworks show and celebration is not to be missed.  While it's a ticketed event to watch the fireworks from the West End Beach. Live music, games and food will happen al day, with the fireworks show when it gets dark.
Locals tip - find a spot near one of the overlooks or trails above Donner Lake. Bring a blanket and picnic. This affords the unique opportunity to see a fireworks display from up above.

Squaw Valley's Freedom Fest → From July 4th-6th, celebrate summer skiing and the Independence Day with a music and ski festival at Squaw Valley! The Freedom Fest There will be 3 days of live music from Grant Farm at Gold Coast, paying tribute to the 1991 concert by the Jerry Garcia Band that took place near this location. We'll have more music at the High Camp pool & hot tub and a FREE show at KT Base Bar with Paul Oakenfold and a fireworks display!
Locals tip - ski on July 4th! It's not every year that we get to experience a summery day on the slopes.