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Local fireworks for July 4

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

The country’s 225th birthday party will give Truckee residents a chance to prove just how neighborly they are, with the festivities at West End Beach on Donner Lake a “Truckee-only” event this year.”Basically, in order to get in, you have to have already bought a ticket,” said Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District General Manager Steve Randall.The beach will be open to anyone who can prove their residency within the TDRPD boundaries, which run from Soda Springs to Floriston, but do not include Placer County.”You have to have something that proves you’re a renter or homeowner in the TDPRD, which is basically Nevada County,” said TDRPD office manager Jennifer Boehm. “Half of Sierra Meadows is technically not in the district, but we let them in anyway.”Drivers license, utility bills and homeowners insurance are accepted as proof of residency.”Anything that shows your physical address,” Boehm said.Boehm did note, however, that post office boxes and Tahoe Donner homeowners cards are not accepted.Fireworks over Donner Lake, which started in 1984, were discontinued in 1998 after an overflow of concertgoers from Boreal descended on an already large crowd at Donner Lake.”You could call it a mini-riot,” Randall said.Randall said in April that he decided to bring back the fireworks after spending Fourth of July at the parade with his children.”I realized that the Fourth of July didn’t mean anything for my kids,” he said.With the fireworks back, Randall expects this year to be different.”It’s going to be a family party for the people of Truckee.”Locals can purchase up to six tickets each, at a cost of $3 per ticket.Boehm said parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis.Alcohol is allowed, but glass bottles or kegs are prohibited. Food will be sold by Truckee Rotary.Tickets must be purchased in advance at TDRPD Community Center on 10046 Church Street. For more information, call 582-7720.Other local eventsThe Truckee Donner July Fourth Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Sierra Mountain Middle School on Donner Pass Road and will proceed down to Commercial Row. Town Councilmembers will judge particapants as they march pass the train station, with trophies and plaques awarded to first through third place winners.This year’s Grand Marshal is Truckee native Daron Rahlves, a four-time National Ski Champion.The Truckee Independence Day Street & Psychic Fair and Music Festival starts on Saturday and runs through July 4, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. each day at Tahoe-Truckee High School. There will be over 20 vendors. Food, face painting and music will also be available. There is no admission fee.And on July 1 at 1 p.m. in the Regional Park, the Railroad Regulators, Truckee’s own wild west reenactment group, will celebrate their first year of gunslinging vigilantism. All are invited.Also, The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce has stocked up on the annual commemorative Fourth of July merchandise. Make sure that you get your 2001 Fourth of July T-shirts, tank tops and ball caps. The cost for the T-shirts is $13 for youth sizes, $16 for regular adult sizes and $18 for adult XXL. Tank tops cost $13 for regular adult sizes and $16 for adult XXL. Ball caps are going for $16. All prices include tax.While supplies last, they can be purchased at Truckee Variety, Mountain Hardware, Bank of the West, Longs Drugs, and the Visitors Center and Chamber office at 10065 Donner Pass Road. Merchandise will also be available on the Fourth during the parade at various tables manned by volunteers.If you would like to volunteer to sell merchandise at the parade or have questions, call Karin at the Chamber at 587-2757.Donner Lake July 4th eventsJuly Fourth Activities at West End Beach– 9 a.m.Beach opens– 12:30 a.m.Egg toss– 1:00 p.m.Tug of war– 1:30 p.m.Deja Vu, Classic Rock– 2:30 p.mThree legged races– 3:00 p.m.P.O.S. Band– 4:00 p.m.Sack races– 4:30 p.m.Skinny White Samoans, Blues– 5:30 p.m.Hula hoops– 6:00 p.m.Bystanders, Classic rock– 7:30 p.mJo Mama, Blues/Swing/Latin– 9:30 p.m.Fireworks show


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