Considered by many to be among the nation's best July 4th holiday destinations, nothing compares to the magic of watching fireworks shimmer off America's largest alpine lake in the cool mountain evening air. Each year, over 100,000 people from around the world line our shores for the Fourth of July at Lake Tahoe, with festivals and parties circling the water as far as the eye can see. Considering this is a busy season for Tahoe, we kindly ask travelers to travel responsibly (respect the environment and be ‘bear aware' are two key things to keep in mind).
July 4 | Donner Lake West End Beach
If you're looking for real fireworks, fireworks show returns to Donner Lake West End Beach in 2023! Real fireworks return to Donner Lake in 2023, which you can watch along the shores of Donner Lake or from a vista point in Truckee when the sun sets (9:30PM)! If you'd like to attend the July 4th festivities only Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District Residents & Homeowners can purchase tickets. Guests will enjoy live music, BBQ, and old-fashioned summer games such as egg toss, pie eating contest, tug-of-war, and more!
Tickets are $10/each.
July 4 | 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM | Incline Village Ridgeline Ball Fields
Bring your blankets, beach chairs, picnic baskets and coolers to the Incline Village Ridgeline Ball Fields to enjoy a FREE spectacular drone show! Please help keep Tahoe Blue and do not bring any glass, and also take your trash/recycling with you! Enjoy a fun-filled July 4th event with a beer garden, food trucks, DJ music and entertainment with Emcee Uncle at 7PM, who will be Master of Ceremonies for a 4th of July trivia and games for all guests.
Parking walking lots are: Middle School, Parisol, Recreation Center and Visitor Center. Shuttle parking lots are: Chateau, Big Water DP lot, Diamond Peak Upper and Lower lots.
July 4 | 8AM to 8:30PM | Alpine + Palisades Tahoe
If you're looking for a different spin on July 4th then be sure to pack your skis or snowboard for this holiday! It has been more than a decade since Alpine was open for skiing/riding in the summertime, and this is your rare opportunity to make some unique memories this summer! Enjoy skiing/riding on July 4th from 8AM to 2PM, with live music on the Alpine Deck at 1PM, and a Bluesday concert at The Village at Palisades Tahoe from 3PM to 8:30PM. Don't forget to snag your limited-edition event T-shirt, a keepsake of this monumental occasion of July 4th on the Tahoe slopes!