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Donner Lake fireworks return

Darin Olde, Sierra Sun

Donner Lake residents will be able to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks over the lake this summer, but tourists may find it a little harder to see them.

“We decided to make this a locals’ event,” said Steve Randall, general manager of the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District. “You have to buy a ticket in advance and you have to show some form of a local ID. A driver’s license, a phone bill – things like that.”

The fireworks over Donner Lake were discontinued in 1998 after an overflow of tourists from a nearby concert flocked to the lake and caused a plethora of traffic, parking and general control problems.

“We are trying to eliminate people from entering the beach who have no connection to the community at all. That’s not to say they can’t watch the fireworks,” Randall said.

Randall decided to try and bring the fireworks back to Donner Lake after spending the last Fourth of July at the parade.

“I realized that Fourth of July didn’t mean anything for my kids anymore,” he said.

The event will be in conjunction with the Truckee Rotary Club, who will be selling food.

Fireworks will be sponsored by East West Partners to the tune of $13,000.

“There will be games for all ages such as 3-legged races, egg-toss, tug of war, pie-eating and things like that. Local bands will be playing throughout the day,” Randall said. “It’s going to be a family party for the people of Truckee.”

Locals will be able to buy six tickets per person. Admission is $3.

Tickets are available at TDRPD Community Center on 10046 Church St.

Increased traffic controls will be a part of the event this year.

Alcohol is allowed but glass, bottles or kegs are prohibited. No alcohol will be sold.

For more information contact the TDRPD at (530) 582-7720.


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