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Fourth 4th of July Fireworks in Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe

Celebrate Independence Day in the Reno Region

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The Fourth of July (Independence Day) is on a Tuesday in 2023. There will be some spectacular fireworks displays and extra hearty partying all around the Reno / Tahoe area.

Star Spangled Sparks

Tuesday, July 4, 2023, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks is once again hosting the area's largest Independence Day party and fireworks display, fired off from the roof of the Nugget. The event is free and features food and beverage vendors and arts and crafts booths. Festivities culminate with fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Starting at 6 p.m., free park and ride shuttles will be available from 510 Greenbrae Drive near the corner of Greenbrae Drive and 4th Street in Sparks and The Reno Livestock Event Center at 1350 N. Wells Avenue in Reno. Shuttles drop off and pick up at the RTC Centennial Plaza bus station in Victorian Square. Free service on RTC RAPID Lincoln Line from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Route 11 from 4 p.m. to midnight. Dogs, barbecues, tents and glass bottles are not permitted on Victorian Square during special events.

Patriotic Pops at the Park

Monday, July 3, 2023, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join the Reno Philharmonic to celebrate the birth of our nation with a spectacular night of music at Greater Nevada Field. You will enjoy an unforgettable evening of patriotic tunes performed by the best musicians in town. The finale of this family friendly event will light up the night sky with a sizzling fireworks show. Tickets are available online. Greater Nevada Field is at 250 Evans Ave. in Reno.

Fireworks at Reno Aces Baseball

Tuesday, July 4, 2023, 6:35 p.m. The Aces take on the Tacoma Rainiers for this Independence Day game, capped off with a fireworks spectacular. More games vs. the Rainiers are July 5 - 9, with fireworks following the game on July 7.

Fireworks over Grand Bay

Sunday, July 2, 2023. Join GSR for the third annual Grand Fireworks Spectacular over Grand Bay beginning at dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.). The best viewing locations are on the south side of the casino-resort facing Grand Bay and at The Pool. Fun for the entire family, entry to The Pool is $25 per person for non-hotel guests, and a special BBQ meal will be available for purchase. The Grand Sierra is at 2500 E. 2nd St. in Reno.

4th of July on the lawn at LifeChurch

Tuesday, July 4, 2023, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join us for an amazing day of family fun. We'll have food, activities for kids, cornhole, inflatables, live music, and more. LifeChurch is at 10300 Rio Wrangler Pkwy. in south Reno.

4th Fourth of July Fireworks shows, Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Star Spangled Sparks and Lights on the Lake fireworks shows for the 4th of July. Photos © Stan White

Activities and Fireworks Shows in Carson City, Virginia City, at Lake Tahoe and Other Nearby Areas

4th of July Parade and Fireworks in Virginia City

Tuesday, July 4, 2023. Virginia City offers an Independence Day experience throughout town with a 4th of July parade starting at 12 noon. The parade is full of candy-throwing, classic cars and car clubs, first responders, military, veteran organizations and more. Train rides on the V&T Railroad will be available. The fireworks are at dusk, preceded by a free concert from David John and the Comstock Cowboys.

Fourth of July Celebration at the Nevada State Railroad Museum

July 1, 2 and 4, 2023. Historic 1875-built wood-burning locomotive, Inyo, will be steamed up. Train rides behind No. 25 will be available, as well. Visit the website for details on more events and activities. Save money by purchasing a $15 all-inclusive wristband, available each day of the event and features admission to the museum and unlimited train rides. At the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City.

Lights on the Lake at South Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, July 4, 2023, 9:45 p.m. This is one of the top five fireworks displays in the nation. 4th of July holiday visitors will see fireworks bursts of unusual and whimsical shapes. The best viewing spots for the 9:45 p.m. show around South Lake Tahoe beaches include Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach area, Nevada Beach, Tallac Historic Site, Timber Cove Marina, Edgewood Tahoe, Lakeside Beach, and on the lake aboard M.S. Dixie II paddlewheeler or private boat rentals. The program is simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

Incline Village Crystal Bay Drone SkyShow

Tuesday, July 4, 2023, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This is a free, hi-tech twist on 4th of July fireworks. The drone show will be best viewed from the Incline Village Ridgeline ball fields #1 and #2, though other spots offer viewing opportunities as well. Shuttle service will be available from other areas. Bring blankets, beach chairs and a picnic while enjoying a beer garden, DJ music and a laser show before the main event drone show. Donations to support the show are encouraged.

Tahoe City 4th of July Celebrations

Tuesday, July 4, 2023, 12 noon to 10 p.m. Free. Tahoe City will have the largest drone light show ever done at Lake Tahoe, featuring 300 drones. There will be fun at the Lake all day long with food, drinks, and activities taking place on Commons Beach and throughout Tahoe City.

Fourth of July Fireworks event in Carson City

Tuesday, July 4, 2023. Festivities kick off with live music, food and craft vendors and carnival rides, and wrap up with a fireworks show at sunset at Mills Park, 1111 East William St. in Carson City.

Genoa Americana Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2023, 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Come out to Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa and discover the Genoa Americana Celebration. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to this free event and get ready for a fun day in the sun starting off with the Children's & Pet Parade beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by live music, games, water activities, and much more. The Carson City Symphony Orchestra will be performing at 3:45 p.m. Be sure to visit the log cabin museum and see artifacts used by early pioneers. Genoa is located in the Carson Valley, a few miles south of Carson City.

Fireworks are Illegal in Washoe County

Except for regulated fireworks shows, it is illegal to set off any kind of fireworks in Washoe County and in all areas (both Nevada and California) around Lake Tahoe. That's why we don't have those fireworks stands like you may have seen in other places. If you choose to ignore this prohibition, you will face stiff penalties. If your irresponsible behavior causes a fire and/or harm to people or property, you will be liable and could end up broke for the rest of your life. Go enjoy one of the fireworks shows in the area and leave the pyrotechnics to the experts.

The only exception to the no fireworks rule is at Pyramid Lake, where you can buy fireworks and shoot them off at designated locations within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation and according to the rules set forth by the tribe.

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