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9 places to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July

Maggie O'Neill  |

Still need to make plans to catch a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, but not sure where to go or what to try differently? It's actually not too hard to find fireworks shows in Northern Nevada. To wit, a list of Fourth of July shows that are planned in 2017 in Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe.

Downtown Sparks

One of the first places to consider for a fireworks show this year is the city of Sparks. The Nugget Casino Resort is hosting two shows in Sparks this year – one on July 1 and the other on July 4. Head to Victorian Square anytime between 4 and 10 p.m. those days to take part in the fun. On July 1, the city's All-American Block Party & Fireworks Show is scheduled at Victorian Square with live music, crafts, food vendors, a VIP barbecue and more. The free fireworks show takes place off the top of the Nugget Casino Resort after dark. On July 4, the annual Star Spangled Sparks event features the same events as on July 1, as well as a patriotic bike parade. Fireworks occur after dark on July 4 as well. 

Downtown Reno

If live patriotic music and fireworks are highly desired, then head to Wingfield Park, 300 W. First St., on the Fourth of July to hear the Reno Philharmonic in a free performance. This will be followed by a short fireworks display. Expect to hear works like "Stars and Stripes Forever," "The Star-Spangled Banner" and other tunes. Worried about finding a bite to eat? Food can be purchased from Men Wielding Fire. Blankets and chairs are a must at this event, scheduled from 7:30-10 p.m. as part of July's Artown. 

Greater Nevada Field

Anyone attending the Aces baseball game against the Tacoma Rainiers on the Fourth of July can expect a fantastic fireworks show afterward. The Aces website promotes these fireworks, put on by the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Channel 2, as "the largest fireworks show in Northern Nevada." Ticket prices to the ball game vary. 

South Shore Lake Tahoe

If an incredible, awe-inspiring fireworks show is important, then be sure to make it to the show planned for July 4 in South Lake Tahoe. The American Pyrotechnics Association has rated South Shore's fireworks show as one of the top five in the country. The fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:45 p.m., and can be seen from locations all around. Unique viewing spots include from the M.S. Dixie II, Nevada Beach, the Tallac Historic site, or even the top of Mount Tallac (but that's for the truly dedicated). For patriotic accompaniment during the show, tune in to KRLT-FM 93.9 or KOWL-AM 1490. 

Tahoe City

The 72nd annual 4th of July show put on by Tahoe City begins with family-oriented festivities at Commons Beach. Additionally, food and activities will be available through all of the downtown area. The fireworks show begins after dark. 

Kings Beach

Doing it a bit differently, Kings Beach at Lake Tahoe features its July 4th activities on July 3. Its 38th annual July 3 Fireworks & Beach Party will be Monday, July 3 at the North Tahoe Event Center, right next to Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Face painting, sandcastle-building contests, watermelon eating, food vendors and even patriotic music are scheduled from 4-10 p.m. Be sure to buy raffle tickets, five for $20, for a raffle of a stand-up paddleboard, with the drawing planned for 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Kings Beach Fireworks. Fireworks are expected to start at 9:30 p.m.

Incline Village

Red, White & Tahoe Blue takes place over four days, July 1-4, in Incline Village. Over the extended weekend, be sure to catch a community fair, a pancake breakfast, Rotary duck races, Beer & Brats and more. Family-friendly fun and veterans' events, including a lunch, are the focus. The weekend ends with a fireworks show put on by Lantis Fireworks. 

Donner Lake

Enjoy music and barbecue while spending the day on the beach on July 4 at Donner Lake. Games are a big part of the day, with opportunities to participate in an egg toss, tug-of-war, sack races, and more. Tickets are required for entry and need to be purchased in advance. It may be best to know someone who lives in the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, however, as this event is only open to residents – although they can purchase up to seven tickets each. 

Virginia City

Join in the fun for Fourth of July on the Comstock in Virginia City, where a festive parade will head up its main street and red, white and blue will decorate the streets. Activities throughout the day include an auction, raffle, train rides, old-fashioned shoot-outs and a concert by the Comstock Cowboys. The fireworks show in the historic town begins after dark.