Festivities Planned For 4th Of July In Northern Nevada And California

By: Trevor Smith Email
By: Trevor Smith Email
There are plenty of activities for the Fourth of July across northern Nevada and California. KOLO 8 News Now has you covered so you can decide where to enjoy the fireworks and festivities.

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RENO, NV - There are plenty of activities for the Fourth of July across northern Nevada and California. KOLO 8 News Now has you covered so you can decide where to enjoy the fireworks and festivities.

--John Ascuaga's Nugget will host the 15th annual Star Spangled Sparks fireworks show and 4th of July celebration!

Complimentary shuttles will provide round-trip transportation from Legends to the RTC Centennial Plaza at Victorian Square during the event. Shuttles will pick up guests in the large dirt lot between Fuddruckers and Popeye's starting at 4 p.m. Shuttles will run continuously throughout the event until after the fireworks show.

Children will delight in the face painters, clowns and magicians roaming the square, as well as an array of rides and activities. The Kids' Area will be located on Victorian Plaza, adjacent to Century Theatres, and will include games, a super slide and mechanical rides. Ride tickets will be available for purchase just outside the Kids' Area.

Live music from the main stage (located toward the West End of Victorian Avenue) will keep the crowd dancing into the evening. West Bay Rhythm will be providing live entertainment from 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Emily Hammer will be singing the National Anthem prior to the start of the fireworks show.

KOLO's news partner, News Talk 780 KOH will broadcast live with music and you can tune in to hear music corresponding with the fireworks.

--Rail City Casino is planning a 4th of July Festival in its parking lot in an effort to offset the loss of the popular event that had been hosted for years at the Sparks Marina. The City of Sparks recently announced it would no longer be hosting the event.

Many of the vendors and participants from past events will host the activities in the east side parking lot starting at 2pm on Friday, July 4th. Activities include a rock climbing wall, face painting, crafters, karaoke, food & beverage, basketball, and kids' games. There will also be a dunk tank, which will allow guests to try to dunk members of the Rail City management team.

--"Reno Celebrates America" will run from 2pm-9:30pm at Wingfield Park on July 4th. Daytime family activities will include watermelon and pie eating contests, live music from Jakki Ford, Jake's Garage, the Reno Jazz Band and the Reno Municipal Band.

Organizers of “Reno Celebrates America” are inviting veterans of all service branches, their families and friends to participate in celebrating our nation's freedom while recognizing those who served to defend it. A tribute for veterans is set for 7pm.

--Virginia City, Nevada offers one of the region's longest firework displays. Echoing off Mt. Davidson for nearly 30 minutes, you'll feel the boom in your bones this July 4 as the fireworks soar high above the town and into Six Mile Canyon, making it visible from nearly anywhere in town.

· 12 p.m. - Fourth of July Parade: Parade starts from the south at the Fourth Ward School and is scheduled to last approximately an hour and a half.

· 1 - 5 p.m. Shoot-Out on the Hill: Taking place across from the Fourth Ward School at the south end of town, this event gives you a chance to be a real cowboy. Guns, ammo and safety instruction provided. Tickets, $35, are available on C Street in front of the Bucket of Blood Saloon or the Ponderosa Saloon.

· 6 p.m. - Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert: This fan-favorite, held outdoors in the Delta parking lot next to the Bucket of Blood Saloon, returns for the 15th year.

· 7 p.m. - Raffle: Tickets are available starting at 9 a.m. at the booth in the center of town near the Virginia City Visitors Center. Prizes include a rifle and a shotgun.

· 7:45 p.m. - Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert continues: Held in the Delta parking lot next to the Bucket of Blood Saloon.

After Dark - Fireworks Spectacular at Miner's Park: Located at Carson and F Streets, bring blankets and picnics to cap off the day's activities. No alcohol or glass permitted at the park.

--Members of the community will be able to celebrate Independence Day at Lake Tahoe, while leaving the driving to RTC. The Regional Transportation Commission’s new weekend and holiday service to
Sand Harbor will be operating on July 4th.

Passengers can relax on a coach bus departing either from Meadowood Mall or the Summit Mall. The cash fare is $5
each way for adults, and passengers must have the exact amount. The fare covers your admission into the park.

Please note the final bus to bring people back to Reno on Independence Day departs Lake Tahoe at 7 p.m.

The RTC Sand Harbor service also enables passengers to connect to TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit), which is operated by
Placer County, California.

--Incline Village is proud to host the eighth annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue Festival July 3-5 featuring live performances by Billy Ray Cyrus and the Reno Philharmonic. A full calendar of 25 events spans the three days making this an Independence Day spectacular for the whole family.

Bring the kids out for the Children's Patriotic Chalk Drawing, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Kids' Bike Parade and more. For the adults, head over to the Wine and Dine dinner or Beer and Brats event. Live music heats up the beach July 3 and 4, but moves to Village Green on July 5 for Billy Ray Cyrus.

--The Tahoe City Downtown Association announces a full afternoon of activities for friends and families leading up to a spectacular fireworks display off of Commons Beach on Friday, July 4.

From the Boatworks Mall to the Cobblestone Center to Gatekeeper's Museum and all points in between, Tahoe City offers visitors and residents a summer day like no other. Tahoe City's July Fourth Fun Zone, located in Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co.'s parking lot at 315 North Lake Boulevard, will included a dunk tank, bean bag toss, putting green and additional games.

Penney the Clown will be on site, face painting and there will be live music performed by Kip Yager from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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