Lake Tahoe July 4 festival to feature Reno Philharmonic |

Lake Tahoe July 4 festival to feature Reno Philharmonic

Lee Weber Koch
Special to the Sun
After an hour of playing under the stars, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra played in tandem with the dazzling fireworks display during the 2008 Red, White and Tahoe Blue festival. The orchestra is returning to Tahoe this summer.
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To learn more about Red, White and Tahoe Blue and for a complete schedule:

— visit

— contact board members Tom Bruno or Lee Weber Koch at

— call 775-298-1010

While most of the region is celebrating recent snowfall, the Red, White and Tahoe Blue Board of Directors is preparing for the seventh annual festival set for July 3-5 in Incline Village.

“With more than 20 signature events planned to date, there’s still a lot of work to be done to make this year’s three-day celebration just as festive and meaningful as it has been in the past,” said Jim Smith, chairman of the board.

Although the events are always well-attended, arguably the most popular is the Star Spangled Fourth of July Fireworks off Incline and Ski beaches.

This year, RWTB is partnering with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the baton of Music Director Laura Jackson, the orchestra will present a concert on the Village Green — in tandem with the Friday, July 4, fireworks show — in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.

The performance will directly follow another new event for 2014, “Big Water & Wine,” catered by Big Water Grille at Aspen Grove.

“This is sure to be the event of the year,” said Smith, who noted that an additional show at the Village Green for Saturday, July 5, is in the works. “We’re working on a Grammy-award winning artist and hope to announce that concert lineup within a few weeks.”

Traditions will continue this summer with daily flag-raising and retirement ceremonies and several commemorative events, including a veterans tribute; a “Tahoe Salutes our Heroes” parade; traditional pancake breakfasts; the Community Fair; and the Rubber Ducky race, among others.

We have two main goals this year — the first being our continued quest to secure donations to remain successful and sustain the future of Red White and Tahoe Blue; the second is to enhance each event with first-class customer service,” Smith said.

Tax deductible donations are welcome at any level and can be made by visiting or by mail. Checks can be sent to Red White and Tahoe Blue, PO Box 3789, Incline Village, NV, 89451.

“One of the biggest goals of the committee is to raise funds to support the tremendous amount of volunteer efforts and events that are produced each year,” said Incline resident and board member Tom Bruno. “One hundred percent of our $125,000 budget is funded by individual or corporate support. Our festival could not be what it is today without the support of donors.”

Since 2006, the annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue festival has brought together thousands of locals and visitors to celebrate veterans and share in the celebration of the America’s independence with good-old fashioned, all-American fun.

Over the past two years, the event has opened the eyes of some of America’s top travel advisers. Red, White and Tahoe Blue was recently awarded the titles of “6th Best Fireworks in the Country” by and the “Nation’s #11 Overall Independence Day Celebration” by

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