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Celebrating the 4th of July

After a slower-paced 4th of July last year, Reno Tahoe is ready to kick up the celebrations into high gear. Learn where the fireworks will be, what events are happening, and all the travel inspiration you need to plan the perfect holiday weekend.

Find fun ways to celebrate this 4th of July weekend in Reno Tahoe

Fireworks and Events

The most important question everyone always asks is, “where can I see the fireworks?” This year we have a collection of star-studded firework displays and fun-filled events perfect for America’s Birthday.

Star Spangled Sparks is back! A local favorite, this event is hosted by the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks. Stroll Victorian Ave and enjoy the various food and beverage vendors and arts and craft booths that line the street. Then settle into your viewing area for the area’s largest firework display launched from the Nugget’s rooftops.

For those in downtown Reno, Greater Nevada Field is the place to be for 4th at the Field. Since the Reno Aces will be on the road, the stadium is turning into an event venue complete with food, drinks, games and live music from country singer Jackson Michelson. The evening will be capped off by a can’t-miss 4th of July fireworks show.

Artown may have relocated to Rancho San Rafael, but there still isn’t a better way than to celebrate the 4th than with Artown, the Reno Phil and their American Salute performance with shows on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. Listen to patriotic and classical favorites followed by a fantastic firework finale.

Grand Sierra Resort will be lighting up the sky with their Grand Fireworks Spectacular on July 4. Admission is free to watch the fireworks show over the Grand Bay on the south side of the property.

For some family fun in Reno before the fireworks start, check out the Great American Parade. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno and will be held along Arlington Ave.

Make an entire day of it – explore the historic town of Virginia City and stay for the fireworks show. From parking lot BBQs to a town parade at noon, there’s plenty to do all day. Visit watering holes like the Bucket of Blood Saloon or Ponderosa, or take a train ride through the old mining hills and finish the night with a fireworks display launched from behind the Silverland Hotel.

Refreshing Fun

Summer is in full swing and the temperatures are heating up and that means it’s time to hit the water. 4th of July is perfect for taking your stand-up paddleboard for a cruise on the Sparks Marina, Pyramid Lake or tubing the Truckee River. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the whitewater rafting tours available in the area as well. The family will also jump at the chance to spend the day at Wild Island Family Adventure Park where you can spend the day relaxing in their Lazy River or racing down the various water slides.

Perfect Pairings

If your weekend plans involve firing up the grill, pair those tasty creations perfectly with a beer from a local brewery. No matter what’s on your 4th of July BBQ menu, you’ll find the ideal craft beer to wash it all down. If you’re more of a cocktail aficionado, check out these cocktail recipes from local distilleries so you can shake, stir or mix up a refreshing drink.

Red, White and Blue Scavenger Hunt

Downtown and Midtown are filled with colorful murals so why not create your own 4th of July-inspired art hunt? Explore the streets of Reno in search of murals with red, white and blue color schemes. Make sure to snap and share a photo on Instagram with the #RenoTahoe hashtag!

Looking for more summer fun? Check out even more inspiration for making your summer plans.

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