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Fourth of July in Reno

Fireworks & Festivals Celebrating the 4th of July


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Star Spangled Sparks fireworks show.

Photo © Stan White

The 4th of July 2013 is on a Thursday. However, being on a weekday isn't going to hamper the celebrations and parties we all enjoy for America's Independence Day. You can watch 4th of July fireworks and join the festivities all around the area; Reno, Sparks, the Lake Tahoe area, Carson City, Virginia City. Come back soon for updates to all of these activities. Come back soon for updates to all of these activities.

Star Spangled Sparks

Star Spangled Sparks is the biggest 4th of July affair in the area. It is held at Sparks Marina Park and Victorian Square. This is a free family event with activities at the Marina from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here's what will be going on and when...

  • 6 a.m. - Free Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides & Pancake Breakfast by Kiwanis Club of the North Valleys.
  • 8 a.m. - Fun/Run/Walk: pre-register by calling (775) 353-2385.
  • 9 a.m. - Model Dairy Milk Carton Parade of Boats & Boat Races.
  • 10 a.m. - Opening Ceremony.
  • 11 a.m. - Sparks Idol Competition.
  • 3 p.m. - Event at the Marina closes.
If you are interested in entering the Sparks Idol competition, you must pre-register and attend the audition on June 23 at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, 2680 E. 9th Street in Reno.

Starting at 4 p.m., the party continues at Victorian Square in Sparks, culminating with the Star Spangled Sparks fireworks show provided by John Ascuaga's Nugget. There will be family activities, vendor booths and entertainment, as well as a huge fireworks show over the Nugget towers starting around 9:45 p.m. I have seen this show - it's awesome and lasts a long time. You can watch the show from lots of spots since the Nugget buildings stand alone with nothing nearby to block the view.

  • 4 p.m. - Family activities on Victorian Square, including clowns and other characters, balloon animals, and face painters.
  • 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Live entertainment on the Main Stage.
  • 9:30 p.m. - Star Spangled Banner.
  • 9:45 p.m. - The best fireworks show in northern Nevada.

There will be a free shuttle to Victorian Square for the party and fireworks. The shuttle is from The Legends at Sparks Marina, where there is plenty of free parking. The shuttle starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m.

4th of July Festivities in Reno

In conjunction with Artown, you can enjoy some rousing (and free) patriotic performances celebrating the 4th of July.

Pops at the Ranch with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus - July 3, 8 p.m to 10 p.m., Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch Regional Park. To start its summer season, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will perform a free concert of patriotic music to get the crowd ready for the 4th of July.

Patriotic Music in the Park - July 4, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Reno Municipal Band will perform at this free concert at the Wingfield Park Glenn Little Amphitheater. A dedication ceremony renaming the amphitheater in honor of Glenn Little, who played with and led the Reno Municipal Band for 55 years, will be held on July 4 from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. According to the City of Reno website, the music performance will be followed by a fireworks show.

Stars and Stripes Forever - July 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pianist Tristan and his band, Jazz Syndicate, will perform a free show at the Steinway Piano Gallery, 500 E. Moana Lane in Reno.

The Stars and Stripes - July 5, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The Reno Municipal Band, with Ross Mitchell from KOH Radio as emcee, will perform a free music selection celebrating America's history. The concert will be at Wingfield Park.

Independence Day Celebration at Aces Ballpark - July 3. After the Reno Aces game vs. Salt Lake (starts at 6:35 p.m.), enjoy a performance by the Controlled Burn fire dancers and the biggest fireworks show of the season at Aces Ballpark.

4th of July at Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe fireworks shows are some of the best in the area. You'll find Independence Day celebrations all around the lake, including one of the top shows in the entire United States at South Lake Tahoe.

4th of July Hours at Reno City Facilities

City Hall offices and all recreational facilities, except Rosewood Lakes Golf Course, will be closed on July 4. Rosewood Lakes will be open - call (775) 857-2892 to confirm hours and/or reserve a tee time.

Fireworks Illegal in Reno and Washoe County

No fireworks are legal except approved public fireworks displays, period. Learn more about the dangers of illegal fireworks and why you simply shouldn't do it. There's no better way to ruin a fun 4th of July celebration like starting a wildfire, injuring yourself or someone else, or getting arrested.

Legal Fireworks at Pyramid Lake

If you simply must do your own fireworks, the only legal place in Washoe County to buy and shoot off fireworks is the sovereign nation of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation north of the Reno / Sparks area. Get the details from Fourth of July at Pyramid Lake.

Keep going for 4th of July festivities in Carson City, Virginia City, and beyond.

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