4th of July in Reno and Northern Nevada

Guide to 4th of July in Reno, Sparks, and Surrounding Areas (Updated 2023)

Independence Day is right around the corner, which means family fun and fireworks are what come to mind for the fourth of July! If you are looking for family events and fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July in Reno, we’ve got you covered! 

There are several locations around Northern Nevada that have amazing firework shows and events so you won’t miss out! 

Independence Day Fun Facts

Here are some fun facts you may not know about this wonderful day over the years:

  • Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
  • In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is over 331 million.
  • The liberty bell weighs 2080 pounds and its circumference is 12 feet.
  • The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson.
  • The White House held its first 4th July party in 1801.

Alright, let’s celebrate! Check out these amazing ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Reno and surrounding areas. From parades to fireworks shows, what will you be doing?


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4th of July Events, Activities, and Celebrations

Just a friendly reminder that it is illegal to set off fireworks in Washoe County and Lake Tahoe. Pyramid Lake is the only location you can purchase a permit to set off fireworks in specific locations around there. Check out our guide to 4th of July in Reno, Sparks and surrounding areas below!

Reno

Grand Sierra Resort

Date: July 2
Location: Grand Sierra Resort

Enjoy a BBQ pool party and fireworks over Grand Bay! BBQ is at 6pm and the fireworks will be at 9pm.  Free viewing from the GSR parking lot.

Great American Craft Fair + Parade

Date: July 4
Location: McKinley Park

The Great American Craft Fair will include live music, food and classic American automobiles from the National Automobile Museum will also be on hand. Free and family-friendly events.  The parade will be at 5:30pm on July 4th, best viewing at McKinley park or along the river walk. This is a 4th of July in Reno event you don’t want to miss!

American Salute July 4th Celebration

Date: July 4
Location: Wingfield Park, Reno, NV.
Time: 7:30-10:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm)

In conjunction with Reno Artown, enjoy the 4th in downtown Reno at Wingfield Park. This is a free event. There will be music and the fireworks will be at dusk!

Damonte Ranch

Damonte Ranch 4th of July Fireworks

Date: July 4
Location: Wingfield Park, Reno, NV.
Time: 9:15pm

Enjoy the celebration this fourth of July with the Damonte Ranch fireworks. There will be no public access to the site and please follow the traffic restriction and lane closures in and around Damonte Ranch and the Downtown Damonte location. Damonte Ranch will not be hosting the Damonte Ranch 4th of July in the Park.

4th of July on the Lawn at LifeChurch

Date: July 4
Location: 10300 Rio Wrangler Pkwy Outside Lawn Reno, NV 89521
Time: 3pm – 10pm

Life Church is hosting an amazing day of family fun on the 4th of July from 3pm – 10pm! They will have food, activities for kids, cornhole, inflatables, live music, and more!

Reno Aces

Date: July 4
Location: Greater Nevada Field, Reno, NV
Time: 6:35pm

On the evening of Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at 6:35 p.m., witness the thrilling match between the Aces and the Tacoma Rainiers in celebration of Independence Day. As a grand finale, a magnificent display of fireworks will light up the sky.

Additionally, there will be more exciting games against the Rainiers from July 5 to 9, with a splendid fireworks show following the game on July 7.

reno 4th of july events

Sparks

Star-Spangled Sparks

Date: July 4
Location: Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV.
Time: 4:00pm-10:00pm / Fireworks at 9:30pm
Cost: Free

Join the Nugget and downtown Sparks for a block party on Victorian Avenue.  Food trucks, vendors, arts and crafts and music! Fireworks will start at 9:30pm (weather permitting).

Limited parking.  Free park and ride shuttle.  The shuttle will pick up in two locations: The Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center Parking Lot at 1350 N. Wells Avenue in Reno and 510 Greenbrae Drive at the corner of Greenbrae Drive and 4th Street in Sparks.

Carson City

Carson City 4th of July Fireworks

Date: July 4
Location:Mills Park, 1111 E. William Drive, Carson City
Time: 9:30pm

Celebrate the 4th of July and enjoy fireworks!

Nevada State Railroad Museum

Date: July 1, 2, and 4
Location: Carson City, NV
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Celebrate the 4th of July with the Nevada State Railroad Museum. July 1-4, 2022. Ride behind visiting narrow- and standard gauge steam locomotives, watch the daily pageant of steam locomotives, view historical vehicle and equipment displays, enjoy local food trucks, listen to live entertainment, interact with handcraft vendors, and more!

Virginia City

4th of July at Virginia City

Date: July 4
Location: Virginia City, NV
Time: 10am-10pm 

Celebrate the 4th of July in Virginia City! Fun for the entire family! The 4th of July Parade on the Comstock is about as patriotic as you can get. Virginia City’s 4th of July is pure Americana with a jovial atmosphere all day and night. The streets are decked in red, white and blue. The parade is full of candy-throwing, classic cars and car clubs, first responders, military, veteran organizations and more.

4th of July on the Comstock activities include:

12 p.m. – 4th of July Parade
6 p.m. – David John & the Comstock Cowboys Free Second Amendment Concert at the Bucket of Blood parking lot
Dusk – Fireworks Spectacular

fireworks in reno

Fernley

Fernley 4th of July 

Date: July 4
Location: Fernley, NV

The Fernley Masonic Lodge #34 will once again be putting on a fantastic breakfast starting at 7am, located at 40 East Street. The parade gets started at 10:00am down Main St. starting at the light at 95A and Main Street and ending at Lois Lane. Continue the fun with free kids games, a raffle, greased pig contest, music until midnight and of course, FIREWORKS!

Fallon

Fallon Parade & Fireworks

Date: July 4

Block party from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., between Williams Ave. and Richards St., to include Vendors, Games, DJ, Bed Races, Pie Bake-Off, Firetruck Sprinkler, and more! The parade begins at 10 a.m.

Genoa

Genoa Americana Celebration

Date: July 4
Location: Mormon Station State Historic Park, Genoa, NV
Time: 10:30am-5:15pm

You’re invited to the Genoa Americana Celebration at the Mormon Station State Historic Park on July 4th, 2023! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to this free event and get ready for a fun day in the sun starting off with the Children’s & Pet Parade beginning at 10:30am, followed by live music, games, water activities, and much more.

Graeagle

Graeagle Independence Day Celebration

Date: June 30- July 2, 2023
Location: Graeagle, CA.

  • Friday, June 30
    Cornhole Tournament and Day in the Park.
  • Saturday, July 1
    Cornhole Tournament and Old-Fashioned Day In The Park Celebration. Plus aerial Fireworks Show Over The Mill Pond at dusk (about 9:30 pm).
  • Sunday, July 2
    Graeagle Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast and the Parade at 1pm starting from Goldridge to Downtown Graeagle, Old-Fashioned Day in the Park Celebration.

Truckee and Tahoe

Truckee Parade and Fireworks

Date: July 4

  • ‍7:00 am – 10:00 am Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast – Truckee Fire Station 92‍
  • 9:00 am West End Beach Opens for July 4th Celebration – Donner Lake‍
  • 9:40 am – 10:00 am Firecracker Mile – Downtown Truckee‍
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Truckee 4th of July Parade – Downtown Truckee‍
  • 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Fireworks Show – West End Beach, Donner Lake (West End Beach celebration is only open to Truckee-Donner Recreation and Parks District residents, fireworks are visible from around the lake and nearby trails, so there are many ways to watch.)

Incline Village Crystal Bay

Date: July 2-4
Location: Incline Beach
Time: Dusk

Enjoy a parade at 10am on July 2nd followed by a community fair.

On July 4th Incline Village Crystal Bay will debut a new way to celebrate the 4th of July this year, with a drone ‘SkyShow’ lighting up the night sky in celebration of the holiday. –Viewing location: Incline Middle School Fields – #1 & #2. Visit: ivcbskyshow.com

Tahoe City Drone Show

Date: July 4
Location: Tahoe City, CA.
Time: Celebrations and Fireworks at dusk

It’s a light show you won’t want to miss! Orchestrated to music, over 100 drones will take to the air directly over Lake Tahoe, brightening up the sky and delivering a new kind of wonder. The Tahoe City show will take place on July 4 over Commons Beach.

  • 12-9pm: Music with DJs & others (Commons)
    • 12-2pm: Mark Sexton
    • 1-4pm: Face Painting with Brooke Wyrd
    • 2-4pm: Rev. Rusty Reams
    • 4-6pm: Disco Terrorist
    • 6-8pm: Funksalot
    • 8-10pm: All Good Funk Alliance
  • 9:30pm: Tahoe City Drone Show
    • 9:45pm: Closing
  • 10pm: 4th of July Celebrations Conclude

South Lake Tahoe Fireworks

Date: July 4
Location: Stateline, Nevada

Tahoe South’s Lights on the Lake Fireworks will start at 9:45pm on July 4 and are visible from all over the South Shore. The 4th of July fireworks display in South Lake Tahoe is rated “one of the top 5 fireworks displays in the nation” by the American Pyrotechnics Association. Watch the display from Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, or El Dorado Beach for some of the best views.

Things to Do on the 4th of July in Reno & Surrounding Areas

Whatever your 4th of July in Reno – Tahoe plans are we are wishing you a safe and happy holiday!

Did we miss an event? Leave us a comment below.

Co-Founder

Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!