Few places provide the quintessential 4th of July experience like the shores of Lake Tahoe. Whether you're spending the day on a boat, grilling in the backyard, or watching the fireworks from a mountain top, we'd like to think there is truly no better place to spend this American holiday. If you're lucky enough to have made it here for the weekend, we want to help you make the most of every moment. So we're breaking the rules and sharing all the local secrets with you. Read on for the ultimate guide to doing 4th of July Tahoe style.
Saturday, July 2nd
Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival - Visit the Village at Northstar and check out two premier bluegrass bands and beer tastings from over 25 different breweries. Breweries will be featured on the Village Overlook, and guests who purchase a ticket will receive a commemorative pint glass and be able to sample all the different beers. There will also be non-alcoholic beverages and a tasty barbeque available for purchase, as well as seating and games on the village rink the whole family can enjoy. 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Locals Tip - Purchase tickets in advance here and save $8 per person.
Sunday, July 3rd
Fireworks and Beach Party - Food vendors, a beer/wine and mixed drink garden, free watermelon eating and sand castle building contests, music, fireworks, glow toys, and more. 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Locals Tip - If hitting the beach isn't your style, grab a seat on Caliente's second story patio for a great view of the fireworks.
Monday, July 4th
Firecracker Mile - Work up an appetite for the day's burgers and beer with this family friendly run through Historic Downtown Truckee. Race starts at 9:30 am in front of US Bank on Donner Pass Road.
4th of July Parade - Route travels down Donner Pass Rd from Tahoe- Truckee High School through Historic Downtown Truckee. Parade starts at 10:00 am. Locals Tip - Stop by the Tahoe Getaways Office for a front row parade view.
Tahoe City Beach Bash - With the biggest Independence Day party on the North Shore, Tahoe City is the place to be for live music, food, and outdoor activities. Party on from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Commons Beach.
Donner Lake Fireworks Show - 9:30 pm at West End Beach Locals Tip - Drive up Old Hwy 40 or hike up Donner Summit and watch the fireworks from above for a whole new perspective.
Tahoe City Fireworks Show - 9:30 pm at Commons Beach Locals Tip - Rent cruisers and ride down from Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows to avoid the traffic.