Happy 4th of July at Lake Tahoe and Truckee!   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

The summer season at the Lake Tahoe Basin is officially kicking off this week. Lots of Food, Fun and Festivities are scheduled throughout the area, so be sure to put these on your calendar.





July 2-4th. Incline Village hosts Red, White and Tahoe Blue, 3 days of celebrations including Wine and Cheese tasting, a day on the Village Green and The Reno Philharmonic concert set to the fireworks and more.  For information and to purchase tickets, go here: redwhitetahoeblue.org

July 3rd. Kings Beach does their annual Beach Party on July 3rd from 4-10 p.m, with food trucks, beer/wine/mixed drinks garden, music and activities planned. The event is free, but if you don’t want to fight the crowds for a prime seat, they offer preferred seating for the fireworks display for a nominal fee. For more information, go here: NorthTahoeBusiness.org

July 4th. Tahoe City hosts their annual fireworks display on July 4 on Commons Beach. This year’s theme is Bell Bottom Beach Bash. Food, music and activities scheduled before the fireworks show. For more info, go here: www.visittahoecity.org/events/

July 4th. Truckee kicks off the July 4th celebration with their annual parade along Donner Pass Road between Hwy 89 S and Old Downtown at Bridge and Church Street. (Plan to use West River Street if you need to get around, as Donner Pass Road will be closed to through traffic.) The Parade starts at 10 a.m.

Donner Lake. The Truckee Donner Community Parks District is hosting their annual fireworks event on the West End Beach. Tickets available to Truckee homeowners and residents, with food, music and activities throughout the day. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Not a resident? Not to worry. You can view the fireworks from some of the many public piers along the lake as well as at the lookout on old Hwy 49.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go here: tdrpd.com


Photo from visittahoecity.org

Photo from visittahoecity.org


A word to the wise. Walk or bike to your preferred viewing venue if possible, as traffic can be a nightmare. Plan for long, car conga lines and delays. Be sure to have a flashlight to find your way back in the dark if you’re hoofing it. Bring a jacket. It’s hot during the day and has been hot lately in the evenings, but that’s not the norm. Temperatures can drop dramatically once the sun goes down, so plan accordingly. Wear lots of sunscreen. DO pack a picnic. If you bring alcohol, decant into plastic containers. No one likes broken glass on the beach and some places will not allow any glass items entirely.

Activities throughout the area abound this week, but sometimes, just lazily relaxing on the beach while surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra’s just can’t be beat.

And most of all, be safe, and have fun!





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