Fun on the Fourth |

Fun on the Fourth

Truckee’s Independence Day celebration kicks off today – and with the host of fireworks and festivities planned throughout region, you’ll be able to party well into the weekend.The holiday commences with Truckee’s annual Fourth of July Parade. The theme of this year’s event is “A Salute to Freedom,” and guarantees to be a fun time for all.The parade beings at 10 a.m. at Sierra Mountain Middle School and will proceed down Donner Pass Road into historic Commercial Row where announcer Jim Simon and the judges will review each entry.Some of this year’s parade participants include: Prosser Damn Posse (its 17th year at the parade); Sierra West Mountaineers, Tahoe Forest Children’s Center; Summit Crane Service, the Railroad Regulators, Ronald McDonald, Bernese Mountain Dog Club, which took best of show last year; Sierra Mountain Middle School Jazz Band and its alumni as well as many other favorites.For more information, contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 530-587-2757 for more info.If you want to get a little exercise before you start your barbecuing and beer drinking, Truckee is also hosting the annual Firecracker Mile on the morning of the Fourth. The race, which starts at 10 a.m. sharp, consists of a one-mile fun-run or walk from Tahoe Forest Hospital to downtown Truckee. Registration will be held between 8 and 9:30 a.m. at the Community Wellness Center next to the US Bank on Donner Pass Road. Fees run: $15 for adults 18 and over, $12 for teens 13-17 and $10 for children ages 6-10. Children age five and under are free. For more information, contact Terry Smith at 587-6011.To fuel up before the morning’s events, the Truckee Fire Protection District will be hosting its third annual Fourth of July pancake breakfast at the main Fire Station next to Tahoe-Truckee High School on Donner Pass Road. This fun community event begins at 7 a.m. and goes until 10:30 a.m. Pancakes, sausage and drinks are only $5 for all you can eat and $3 for kids. All of the money raised goes to support the district to keep Truckee safe and prepared.Another fundraising pancake breakfast will be held on Sunday, July 7, to benefit the Senior Meals and the Meals on Wheel’s programs in Truckee. The Contractors Association of Tahoe Truckee will host the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon in the dining room of the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments on Estates Drive off Highway 267. Adults are $5 and children $3.A Fourth of July celebration wouldn’t be complete without a great fireworks show and this year, people have several to choose from.Truckee is hosting its annual West End Beach Fireworks show at Donner Lake. The event will blast off around 9 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and beach access is restricted to locals and residents, proof of residency is required. Admission is $3 with a maximum of six per adult in a household. (530) 582-7720.As for the rest of the region:Tahoe CityJuly 4 Fireworks show 9:30 p.m. at Commons Beach. (530) 583-3494.West ShoreJuly 5 Fireworks display 9:30 p.m. at West Shore CafZ on the Lake. Their $125 dinner show is sold out. Best viewing is from the beach next to the cafZ or the hillside at Homewood Mountain Resort. (530) 525-5200.Kings Beach:July 4-7 North Lake Tahoe Business Association’s annual Arts and Crafts Fair, scheduled to run Thursday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the state recreation area in Kings Beach. The fun family event features storytelling and face painting and admission is free.Squaw ValleyJuly 4″La Fete du Village.” Free New Orleans style street party featuring Joseph ‘Zigaboo’ Modeliste, “Godfather of Groove,” and a Cajun BBQ in the Plaza hosted by Balboa CafZ. 1-5 p.m. (530) 584-6268.July 5Village Magic Show featuring Bob Allen, ‘The Flim Flam Man,’ an illusionist, magician, and comedian. Also strolling magicians, street magic, jugglers, and a caricaturist. 1-4 p.m. (530) 584-6268.July 5-6 American Bluegrass & Blues Festival at High Camp. Free with cable car ticket. Starts at noon. Features musical performances from Saddlerash, Strung Over, the POS Band, Bean Creek, the Donner Mountain Boys, and Jimbo Trout & the Fish People. Starts at noon. (530) 583-6985.July 6 ARTahoe presents the Sierra Artists Network to the sounds of the classical string quartet, The String Beings. (530) 583-6985.Donner Ski RanchJuly 6-7 Rage’n at the Ranch Mountain Bike Race at Donner Ski Ranch at 8 a.m. Dual slalom, cross country, and downhill. (530) 426-3635.

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