6 places to watch fireworks
Celebrate America's birthday with a spectacular fireworks display. There are multiple locations around Reno and Lake Tahoe with prime viewing spots for fireworks.
Victorian Square and Nugget Casino Resort
Time: 5 p.m. - 'til the show is over
Details: Head over to Victorian Square for the 15th annual Star Spangled Sparks celebration. There will be food, live entertainment, activities for the kids, and much more. Around 10 p.m., watch the sky for the longest, most spectacular fireworks show in the region — fireworks will be shot off from the top of the Nugget. If you're hungry afterward, hang around the hotel. Many of the restaurants will be offering late night food specials to entice hungry revelers.
Time: 6:35 p.m. is game time
Details: The Reno Aces are at home all weekend, playing the Sacramento Rivercats. The July 4th evening game promises to be a great one and there will be an excellent fireworks display after the game. You'll want to bring the kids for this one, too — it's "kids run the bases" night, so everyone aged 12 and younger can run the bases after the game.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Details: As part of Artown, there will be a free patriotic concert at Wingfield Park. Join the Reno Municipal Band as they "Celebrate America!" Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and fireworks will begin immediately after the show.
Various spots around South Lake Tahoe
Time: Between 9:30 and 10 p.m.
Details: Head over to South Lake Tahoe for Lights on the Lake. This display will have whimsical and fun shapes, like happy faces, jellyfish, and other fun creatures. You'll want to head over early to stake out the best viewing spot, some of which can be found at Nevada Beach, Tallac Historic Site or Edgewood Tahoe. Of course, the best views are onboard the MS Dixie II or Tahoe Queen, out in the middle of the lake.
The Village Green
Time: Varies — events run all weekend
Cost: Varies, but fireworks are free
Details: Red, White, and Tahoe Blue is happening again in Incline Village. There are a variety of free and paid events throughout the day. There's a music festival on the Village Green and plenty of activities for the kids. This year's show will be set to music by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets are available online or by calling (877) 987-6487. Fireworks can be seen from various locations around Incline Village.
Take it back to the 70s with the Bell Bottom Beach Bash at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. It's the 70th anniversary of this fabulous event, hence the theme. The party starts at noon and runs until 10 p.m. There will be music, games, contests, food, a performance from Penney the Clow, and more. Costumes are encouraged as there will be a patriotic costume contest at 6:30 p.m. The Bash is free to attend, but donations are accepted to help support the event and keep it going for generations to come.
Virginia City's Fireworks Spectacular
Location: Miner's Park
Cost: Donations to help pay for the show will be accepted at the event
Details: End a day of festivities in Virginia City with a spectacular fireworks show. Located at Carson and F Streets, bring blankets and picnics to cap off the day's activities. All drinks, including alcohol, must be in plastic cups.