The 4th of July 2012 is on a Wednesday. However, being in the middle of the week 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, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Virginia City.
Star Spangled Sparks
Star Spangled Sparks is a 4th of July affair based at Sparks Marina Park. This is a free family event with activities 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 North Valleys, Reno.
- 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.
- 9 a.m. - KOZZ–CUB COUNTRY-KDOT ESPN-Fox Sports Kids Radio Prize Air Booth.
- 10 a.m. - Opening Ceremony
- 11 a.m. - Sparks Idol Competition
- 3 p.m. - Event at the Marina Closes
At 3 p.m., the party moves to Victorian Square in Sparks for the Star Spangled Sparks fireworks show provided by John Ascuaga's Nugget. There will be vendor booths and entertainment as well as a huge fireworks show over the Nugget towers starting sometime after 9 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.
There will be a free shuttle to Victorian Square for the party and fireworks. The shuttle is from The Legends at Sparks Marina, pickup spot between Fuddruckers and Popeyes. It starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m.
4th of July Festivities in Reno
The City of Reno will not be sponsoring fireworks or a parade. However, 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 - July 2, 7:30 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.
4th of July Fireworks at the Piano - July 4, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Four concert pianists perform as part of a friendly competition to "wow" the audience with pianistic fireworks in celebration of the 4th of July. The concert will be followed by wine, champagne and fireworks. Pianists are Christian McLeer, Jonathan Levin and Azamat Sydykov, and Donna Axton. The free event will be at Steinway Piano Gallery, 500 East Moana Lane in Reno.
World Music Series: 1st Division Marine Band at Wingfield Park - July 4, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come celebrate our nation’s birthday with this amazing 45 piece Marine Band from Camp Pendleton, CA, performing patriotic and heartwarming American music on the Wingfield Park Amphitheater stage.
4th of July Fireworks at Aces Ballpark
Following their Tuesday, July 3rd game against the Las Vegas 51s (starts at 6:35 p.m.), our Reno Aces will launch a 4th of July fireworks show in addition to other Independence Day activities during the game. If you want to go to any Aces games during this seven game home stand, get tickets now or you're likely to find them sold out.
4th of July at Lake TahoeLake 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 FacilitiesCity Hall offices and all recreational facilities, except Rosewood Lakes Golf Course, will be closed on July 4. Rosewood Lakes will be open regular hours, with first tee time at 6:30 a.m.
Fireworks Illegal in Reno and Washoe CountyNo 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 LakeIf 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.
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