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Red, white and Tahoe blue

Independence Day honors the United States of America’s birthday and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776. Picnics, parades, fireworks and flying the American flag are part of the celebrations. Pick a patriotic event from the following.

Kings Beach gearing up for July 3 show

Music on the Beach kicks off Friday, July 1, 6:30 -8:30 p.m. Get your beach chairs and dancin’ shoes ready for some great music in Kings Beach. The opening show features The Blues Monsters.

The Beth Weber Arts & Crafts Show takes place July 1, 2, 3 and 4, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, in the Plaza. Stroll through the arts and crafts show while enjoying the great view.

The July 3 fireworks show is a North Tahoe tradition hosted by NTBA at dusk, July 3 at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area, located in downtown Kings Beach. The fireworks can be viewed for free from the one-quarter mile of public sandy beach, as well as other venues along the North Shore and boats on the water.

NTBA will host its traditional Deck Party at the North Tahoe Event Center. Tickets are $10 ($15 at the door that evening) adults and $5 for children 4-11. Enjoy live music featuring Downbeat, food booths offering casual dining options, a no host bar and the best VIP viewing area for the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the deck party. Tickets are on sale now at the NTBA office, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach.

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NTBA will be selling July 3 T-shirts to raise funds and generate support. In addition, donation buckets will be around town to support this event.

For more information call 530-546-9000 or visit

The Grid’s First Anniversary Epic Block Party

Prepare yourselves for one big three-day party on the North Shore. The Grid is closing off the lot with music inside and out. Drink specials, raffle prizes and giveaways. The Bud girls and Red Stag girls will be on hand. Plus, top the fireworks off with a Red, White and Blue … Totally 80s Party. Musical guests include: Rick Preston, Zeb Early, IJV, Chango, Gurbtron, Shane Suffriti, DJ Treez, Dub Fyah and DJ Sheriff. Beginning July 1, 5 p.m. The Grid Bar & Grill, 8545 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach. Call 530-546-0300 or visit

Family Day at the Lake

North Tahoe Family Resource Center Family Day at the Lake , Saturday, July 2, North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, 2-6 p.m. Enjoy a day on the lake for an afternoon full of fun with games, music, dancing and carnival-themed activities for all ages as the North Tahoe Family Resource Center celebrates 10 years of service. For more information visit or call event coordinator Lucila Hussek at 530-330-0706.

Red, White and Blue

The Fifth Annual Red White and Tahoe Blue Festival has expanded its annual free Village Fair to include more festivities, food and family fun with music, food, educational booths, arts and crafts, activities for the kids and more July 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Village Green. Slated to start just after the annual Parade, the Fair will showcase a Veterans Lunch and Celebration, a Blackhawk helicopter and paratrooper exhibition, Dress Up Your Pet Parade, Those Two Gals will perform and T’s Mesquite Rotisserie presents the Tahoe CAN Taco Stand. In addition, more than 30 local nonprofit organizations will share educational information about services, arts and culture activities and year-round events. This year’s fair will include arts and crafts booths and local business exposure opportunities. The booth cost is $50 with all proceeds benefiting Tahoe CAN and the Red White and Tahoe Blue Fireworks. Interested parties should contact Koch at

Donner Summit to

celebrate Independence Day

Donner Summit Area Association is proud to present the Annual Community Picnic Saturday, July 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sugar Bowl’s Mt. Judah Lodge. The picnic includes a barbecue lunch, games, bounce house, live music from the Mountain Belles and Jo Mama. Auction and raffle prizes donated by local businesses and DSAA members include a cash prize, ski passes, gift certificates from local restaurants, local artwork, firewood, themed gift baskets and more. DSAA will also announce the Community Person of the Year.

The Serene Lakes Property Owners Association (SLPOA) will also host its annual Fourth of July party Sunday, July 3. Activities at Lot 1 (SLPOA’s leased beach area) will include the Fourth of July parade, flea market, chili cook off and barbecue and, if the lake has cleared, sailboat races. Visit Sugar Bowl’s 2010/11 and 2011/12 passholders will have the rare opportunity to ski Sugar Bowl and enjoy a holiday barbecue on Monday, July 4 when they open the Disney Chair. Finally, the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District will hold its annual fireworks display on Monday, July 4. Donner Summit offers a bird’s eye view of the display.

King of the Mousehole Bike Sprint

The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Truckee, The Auburn Ski Club, and Truckee Trails Foundation is sponsoring a 1-mile timed Bike Sprint Monday July 4. The start of the Amgen Tour of California second stage from Squaw Valley through Truckee had to be moved due to snow, so Truckee’s “King of the Mousehole” winner’s jersey remains unclaimed. Until July 4, 2011 that is. One lucky rider in the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth of July Bike Sprint Challenge will be drawn to receive the coveted jersey.

The Bike Challenge is a 1-mile sprint, same course but opposite direction to the Firecracker Mile (which will take place immediately after the bike sprint is completed). All ages and abilities are welcome. Road, mountain or cruisers allowed. The fastest man and woman will each receive Tahoe Amgen Tour schwag plus a $250 donation will be made in their name to Breakaway from Cancer. Winner of the “King of the Mousehole” jersey will be a random draw.

To register for the Truckee Bike Sprint, visit Paco’s Bike and Ski in Truckee, the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce or Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and is $25. Day of registration is $40 if space allows. Bib pickup will be at the Train Depot beginning at 8:30 a.m., race begins at 9:30 a.m. Racers will start at 20 second intervals, ride west with finish line at Lake Street (just past U.S. Bank). For more details, visit

Truckee Fourth of July hometown parade and West End Beach Fireworks

Norman Rockwell would be proud of Truckee’s Fourth of July Parade, which winds down Donner Pass Road from the old Sierra Mountain Middle School through historic downtown Truckee. The event is a true local’s favorite that is not to be missed. The picturesque pageant is complete with Smokey Bear, hometown floats, marching bands and equestrian groups. Truckee Fourth of July Parade, Donner Pass Road, 10 a.m. Enjoy an old-fashioned hometown parade ending up in historic downtown Truckee. Visit or call 530-587-2757.

The Truckee Fourth of July Fireworks is scheduled for Monday, July 4 at West End Beach at Donner Lake at dusk. Tickets are $6 per person (in advance only) available through the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District for TDRPD residents. Call 530-582-7720 for information.

Tahoe City Fireworks

Tahoe City celebrates 65 years of fireworks at Commons Beach Monday, July 4, 9:30 p.m. (free). This event is very popular so if planning to attend get there early and build in time to park. Great event for families.

Star Spangled Fourth Lights on the Lake

It’s a “Star Spangled Fourth – Lights on the Lake Fireworks Celebration” at South Shore, July 4. The American Pyrotechnics Association rates South Lake Tahoe’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration one of the “Top 5” displays in the nation. Starts at approximately 9:45 p.m., visible from all over Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.

Squaw Valley USA to host Ultimate 4th of July Weekend

Squaw Valley will host a sizzling Fourth of July Weekend jam packed with summer skiing and riding, concerts, barbecues and pool parties.

The party kicks off Friday, July 1 with a free concert by Stung, a Police tribute band, and continues all weekend with DJ pool parties and daily barbecues at the High Camp Pool & Hot Tub, live music at Gold Coast and the Fine Arts & Crafts Festival Friday through Sunday in the Village at Squaw Valley.

Squaw Valley will operate six lifts, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4, weather permitting. Lift tickets for the Fourth of July weekend will be $49 per day for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. Skiing and riding will be free for 2011-12 Squaw Valley season passholders, and all skiers and riders will get a free commemorative Fourth of July T-shirt Monday, July 4, while supplies last.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters will take to the KT Sundeck stage for a free, all-ages concert July 3, 7:45 p.m. Directly following the concert, Squaw Valley’s fireworks display will kick off at 9:15 p.m. with the best viewing from the KT Sundeck and The Village at Squaw Valley.

Last but certainly not least, Fourth of July weekend brings the 21st Annual Lake Cushing Crossing, July 3, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., the resort’s acclaimed pond skimming event at Cushing Pond.

In honor of Independence Day, active members of the military are invited to come ski and ride July 2-4 free of charge.

For more great lodging packages, call 1-866-366-7261 or visit

Alpine Meadows puts Facebook fun into Independence Day Skiing and riding

Thanks to near-record snowfall at Lake Tahoe this winter, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort will throw an Independence Day ski party, complete with lift-accessed skiing and snowboarding July 2-4. Equally unique, skiers and boarders are offered an innovative way to reduce lift ticket prices during the holiday celebration. As the resort’s Facebook fan base grows, its lift ticket price shrinks.

Alpine kicked off the Fourth of July Fan Quest Challenge, which offers a tangible incentive to current and new members of the resort’s Facebook Page. For every 1,000 new fans Alpine Meadows gains on Facebook through the Fourth of July weekend, Alpine will knock $3 off the pre-sale lift ticket price (which starts at $40), up to a possible $15 total savings, or $25 lift tickets. Visit to get started.

Dragonfly Hosts Fourth of July Parade Deck party

Truckee – Join Dragonfly restaurant for the Fourth of July parade deck party Monday, July 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Watch the parade excitement as it passes directly below on Donner Pass Road.

Twenty-five dollars will gain parade-goers entrance to the standing room deck where passed appetizers will be served throughout the event. In addition, the deck will be outfitted with a cash bar serving thirst-quenching libations. Reservations will be taken or spectators should plan to arrive by 9:45 a.m. Once the deck party is over, July 4 revelers are welcome to stay at Dragonfly for lunch.

Dragonfly is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee. Call 530-587-0557, visit or “like” them on Facebook.

NT Fire and Boys & Girls Club

July 4 Pancake Breakfast

On Monday, July 4, the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and the North Tahoe Fire Protection District will collaborate to serve a Pancake Breakfast, July 4, 8-10:30 a.m., North Tahoe Event Center deck, Kings Beach. The youths and fire personnel will serve a full pancake breakfast with strawberries, whipped cream, sausage, juice, milk, and plenty of coffee. This is great opportunity to see friends and neighbors and a super opportunity for visitors to enjoy the beauty of a spectacular lakeside setting with great food for a great cause. This event has been happening for 30 years.

Big Blue Run

Big Blue Adventure Run to the Beach 5 and 10K, July 4, Kings Beach. Race starts at North Tahoe Regional Park and goes to the Beach. Registration available at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach July 2 and 3.

Firecracker Mile Fun Run

Fun Run for the whole family, just before the Truckee Fourth of July Parade. Pre-register for $15 adults; $10 kids or $5 more on race day. Visit Starts by U.S. Bank on Donner Pass Road, 9:45 a.m., finishes at Truckee’s train station.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort

Festive Dining and Fireworks

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino invites guests to celebrate the Fourth of July with celebratory dining and fireworks. From 6-10 p.m., indulge in a buffet of barbecue fare featuring hamburgers, hot dogs and more, while enjoying panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.

Each year, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort hosts an unparalleled fireworks display conducted just 200 yards off the resort’s lakeside location. Guests will have front row seating for all of the Fourth of July action. Monday, July 4, 2011, 6-10 p.m., Lower Cottage Green at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino. Cost is $75 per person (including seating on Cottage Green, access to buffet and two drink tickets); $40 for children under 12.

For more information or for reservations, contact Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort at 775-886-6693.