TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Fourth of July Festivities abound in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Find following a few highlights, for more listings visit www.gotahoenorth.com, www.NorthTahoeBusiness.org, www.visittahoecity.org, www.truckee.com, and www.redwhitetahoeblue.org.
Take part in Tahoe Maritime Museum Boat Parade
Last year Tahoe Maritime Museum celebrated the Fourth of July with you on the lake in the Museum’s first July 4 Boat Parade. They are doing it again and want you to be part of the fun. Call or email Christine at 530-525-9253, ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet in front of Commons Beach in Tahoe City (don’t go in too close, it is shallow), just west of the Tahoe City Marina at 11:45 a.m. The parade will start at noon and cruise down the west shore, ending in front of Obexer’s Marina. When you arrive in front of Commons beach (near the buoy field) look out for Stardust, the museum’s ride boat and she will lead the parade down the west shore ending in the waters near Obexer’s Marina. If you are on the beach look out for the line of museum and member boats and wave hello!
Fun Contests and Cool Prizes at Fireworks & Beach Party
The North Tahoe Business Association will host the July 3 Fireworks & Beach Party with activities starting at 2 p.m. at North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. Fireworks will burst over the Kings Beach State Recreation Area at 9:30 p.m. Throughout the day, as a fireworks fundraiser, the Beach Party will feature DJ “Chango,” live music by One Track Mind, a beer garden, food vendors, a dunk tank, face painting, balloon artist, and Big Top Tahoe performances. No ticket is needed. There are also three fun contests planned; sand castle building, watermelon eating and patriotic costume contests. Participants are needed for all three contests.
The Sand Castle Contest will take place from 2-5:30 p.m. with teams of up to four people each competing for prizes. The winning team will be selected at 6 p.m. and announced at 7:30 p.m. and will receive lunch for four at The Grid Bar & Grill and paddleboard rentals from Tahoe Paddle and Oar and Adrift Tahoe.
Produce Plus will sponsor a Watermelon Eating Contest 4:30-5 p.m. Participants will race to eat a quarter of a watermelon with no hands! Register from 2-4 p.m. at the Beach Party venue; limited to the first 10 contestants per age group. Prizes donated by Tahoe Mountain Sports and Olympic Bike Shop.
Lastly,compete in the people’s choice Patriotic Costume Contest 5:30-6 p.m. for a prizes donated by North Lake Massage & Skin Care, Sierra Shirts & Shades and other prizes in men, women, and children categories. Register at the Beach Party venue from 2-5 p.m.
For more information or to volunteer visit www.NorthTahoeBusiness.org or call 530-546-9000.
Cakes on the Lake, July 4
On July 4, 8-10:30 a.m. the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe will serve pancakes, sausage, and strawberries on the deck of the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. This spectacular venue overlooking Lake Tahoe will only be topped by the pancake breakfast. The kids will be there to help. Proceeds support the more than 1,000 young people who attend the Club each year. Meet family, friends, tourists, and enjoy this special annual event which has been happening for more than 20 years!
Truckee Fourth of July Parade
The quintessential display of small town Americana. This festive and fun-filled event is always a favorite and a true Truckee tradition. Some popular parade entries will include the Sierra Highlanders bagpipe band, and the Truckee River Drill Team ready to showcase their “precision” work complete with vintage skis and their uniforms of Sorels, Hawaiian shirts, and zinc oxide.
Truckee’s July 4 parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District parking lot at the west end of town, and progresses down Donner Pass Road into historic Truckee, ending around noon.
This year’s parade theme is Celebrating Truckee’s 150 Years Since Establishment and 20 Years of Incorporation.
Grand Marshals this year are Ruth Geresy and Mike Horn. Both were named Citizens of the Year in January by Interclub, comprised of numerous area service organizations including the Sunrise Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Truckee, Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, Truckee Optimist, and the Truckee Lions. Among many accomplishments, Ruth was recognized for being the guiding force to creating The Relay for Life of Truckee-Tahoe six years ago, and Mike has been instrumental in the annual wood cutting project that benefits seniors every winter.
The Parade is produced by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Truckee.
Judges this year are Truckee Mayor Carolyn Dee, Chamber Chair of the Board Robb Etnyre and his wife Karen, and Chelsea Walterscheid, the Chamber’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Returning as Master of Ceremonies is the always popular Jim Simon.
The Chamber is thankful to the many community businesses, organizations and individuals that are supporting this year’s parade through a sponsorship.
Contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 530-587-8808 or e-mail email@example.com.
Fireworks in Tahoe City
Thursday July 4, 67th Annual Fourth of July fireworks show in downtown Tahoe City off Commons Beach. This annual event is supported entirely by the community and fundraising efforts of the Tahoe City Downtown Association. For questions, information or for those wishing to make a donation e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-583-3348.
Meeks Bay pancake breakfast
The Meeks Bay Volunteer Firefighters Association will hold its 45th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7. This popular fundraising event has been called “the best of its kind” in the area, and draws repeat visitors year after year. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the Volunteer Firefighters Association that donates much-needed equipment to the Meeks Bay Fire Protection District.
Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon on the holiday weekend and will include pancakes, famous Meeks Bay Fire jumbo sausages, applesauce, milk, coffee, orange juice, and plenty of butter and maple syrup to make the meal complete!
Meeks Bay T-shirts, sweats, aprons, and other logo items will be available for purchase as well as the best selling Meeks Bay Fire Ladies Auxiliary Cook Book. “Fire Chief” helmets will be available for the “little chiefs” visiting the station.
Breakfast is $9 for adults (over 12 years), $6 for children (6-11 years), and free for little ones under 5 years. Meet the firefighters, get information on defensible space and home safety, and see the fire engines and apparatus. All will be on display for inspection by “children” of all ages, so bring the whole family to the popular West Shore summer family event.
Meeks Bay Fire Station #61 is located on Highway 89 in Meeks Bay.
Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival
Saturday July 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Truckee Tahoe Airport. Young adventure sports enthusiasts from Pemberton Aerosports will highlight Melissa Pemberton, 28, in an Edge540 Aircraft and husband Rex flying his wing suit during the opening ceremony. The event is free to the public and so is parking. Bounce house and face painting, live music, kids’ activities, food court and beer garden.
Rich Perkins will show off his L39 Albatros jet called The Firecat; Eddie Andreinin will fly his one-of-a-kind, completely restored 1944 Stearman biplane, and the Red Star Formation Flying Team will soar in YAK 52s.
Triple Ace World War II Fighter Pilot Clarence “Bud” Anderson will be the AirFair’s Grand Marshal and featured speaker. Visit www.truckeetahoeairfair.com.s