Guide to Fourth of July at Lake Tahoe: Events and Fireworks

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Guide to Fourth of July at Lake Tahoe: Events and Fireworks


When visiting Lake Tahoe on the Fourth of July, you’ll find fireworks shows and celebrations scheduled on both the California and Nevada sides of the lake during the week of July 4. At South Lake Tahoe, California, the Lights on the Lake fireworks show rates as one of the top displays in the country, and there are plenty of activities and festivities to celebrate the day all around the lake.

Lake Tahoe’s north shore hosts a full range of special holiday events throughout the Independence Day week. Since personal fireworks are either illegal or discouraged all around Lake Tahoe, these major public events are a great draw for vacationers.

Lights on the Lake Fireworks

Lights on the Lake in South Lake Tahoe, California, is always spectacular. This show is synchronized to music and billed as one of the largest and best Independence Day fireworks displays in the country.

The free show starts at 9:45 p.m. For an excellent view, schedule a ride on one of Lake Tahoe’s paddle wheelers and watch from the water. More great viewing spots include Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Bijou Community Park, Tallac Historic Site, and the beach at Edgewood-Tahoe golf course.

Red, White, and Tahoe Blue Fireworks Extravaganza

The Red, White, and Tahoe Blue Fireworks Extravaganza takes place at Incline Village and Crystal Bay on Lake Tahoe’s north shore on the Nevada side. More than 45 special holiday events are scheduled for June 30–July 4, including a pancake breakfast, parade, kids’ activities, ice cream eating contest, veterans’ tribute, and rubber duck races. On July 4, the big fireworks show launches from barges off Incline Beach at 9:30 p.m.

Note that 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.

July 3 Fireworks and Beach Party

At North Lake Tahoe’s Kings Beach (on the California side of the lake just west of Incline Village), the party starts at 7 p.m. and features food vendors, a beer garden, and performances by the San Diego Marines Double-Time Brass Band.

Enjoy the July 3 fireworks show launched from barges at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for preferred fireworks seating outside the North Tahoe Event Center are available online.

Tahoe City Fourth of July Fireworks Show

The annual Tahoe City Fourth of July celebration takes place at Commons Beach on the north shore of Lake Tahoe (California side). From 5:30 to 9 p.m., Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que hosts an outdoor patio party featuring live music. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fireworks starting at dusk on July 4. The fireworks display is free, but donations to support this and future fireworks shows are accepted.

Truckee Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks

This old-fashioned hometown Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Truckee High School and marches down Donner Pass Road, ending up in historic downtown Truckee, California. A free shuttle service will take parade-goers from Truckee neighborhoods to downtown.

Donner Lake Residents Event

Starting at 9 a.m. on July 4th, the West End Beach on Donner Lake will open with games and music beginning at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $6 and proof of Truckee residency or home ownership there is required. Fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. and will be visible from many spots around the lake. 

Run to the Beach Lake Tahoe 5K and 10K

Start your Independence Day out with a run, walk or stroll along a 5K or 10K course. The event starts at the North Tahoe Regional Park (parking fee). After the race, which ends on the beach at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area, and perhaps a swim, you can walk the short distance back to your car. The race starts at 8:30 a.m.

Handcrafted Designs Under the Pines

At Homewood Mountain Resort, on Highway 89, you’ll enjoy your Independence Day perusing hand made art and goods for sale. The show takes place Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7, 2019. 

Tahoe City Farmer’s Market

Go shopping for the makings for your Fourth of July picnic. The Tahoe City Farmers Market is open Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. including July 4th. Enjoy fresh local produce, delicious food, and live music.

Independence Day at Edgewood

Thursday, July 4th, 2019, enjoy 4th of July Fireworks from Edgewood Tahoe’s beach. The resort has tickets available for their Clubhouse Event, Lawn Event, and Bistro Event. Depending on your choice, you can enjoy everything including a gourmet dinner before your evening of fireworks. 

The resort offers packages that bring together luxury lodging, a gourmet buffet, hosted drinks, party favors, games and activities, and a guaranteed view for the huge fireworks show.

Live at Lakeview Concert Series

Relax and listen to free music on the beach Thursday evenings June 20 through August 29, 2019, from 4:30–8:30 p.m. including the 4th of July. The City of South Lake Tahoe hosts the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series featuring live music and art on the beach, along with vendors and food options and beer garden.

Rolling Chrome Car Show

On Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7, 2019, the Rolling Chrome and Tahoe Thunder Car and Motorcycle Show takes place at Heavenly Village. There are trophies, a poker walk, vendors, and 50s music. The event benefits the Good Sam Safe Ride program. 

South Lake Tahoe 4th of July Parade

This old-fashioned 4th of July Parade on Thursday, July 4, 2019, involves local businesses, school groups, and decorated floats. 

The parade runs from Ski Run Blvd. to Bijou Community Park off of Al Tahoe Blvd, beginning at 10 a.m. Premium viewing locations will be along Highway 50 between Ski Run Blvd. and Al Tahoe Boulevard.

This article originally appeared here.


Stefanie Bough

Stefanie Bough serves as the Operations Manager for Oliver Luxury Real Estate. You can reach her at 775.236.1500 or at