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North Tahoe and Truckee to celebrate July fourth with fireworks, skiing

Pettit GilweeSpecial to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; North Lake Tahoe will celebrate Independence Day Weekend with multiple fireworks displays, as well as skiing.andamp;#8220;North Lake Tahoe is unique in that we have a series of fireworks events scattered around the lake andamp;#8212; visitors can take their pick in terms of when and where,andamp;#8221; said Tourism Director Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. andamp;#8220;What also makes Tahoe special this year is the tons of snow that dropped last winter making for skiing, snowboarding, slope-side parties and live music this Independence Day Weekend.andamp;#8221;Kings Beach hosts their annual fireworks display Sunday, July 3 with a free show, as well as a deck party celebration at the North Tahoe Event Center, beginning at 7 p.m.Squaw Valley USA is putting on free fireworks Sunday, July 3 at 9:15 p.m.Tahoe City celebrates 65 years of fireworks at Commons Beach at 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4. This event is free and is also popular with families.Incline Village, Nev. really takes things to the next level with their traditional Red, White andamp; Tahoe Blue festivities scheduled for Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4, which includes patriotic chalk drawing contest, opening ceremonies with a tribute to veterans, doggie dress-up contest, beer tasting and brats, brunch with Shakespeare, firecracker trail trek and free fireworks Monday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. off Incline Beach.In Truckee, the Truckee 4th of July Fireworks is scheduled for Monday, July 4 at West End Beach at Donner Lake at dusk. Tickets are $6 per person (in advance only) and are available through the Truckee Donner Recreation andamp; Park District for TDRPD residents. Call 530-582-7720 for information.Because of record snowfall during winter 2010-2011 (up to 70 feet!), both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley USA will reopen for skiing and riding Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 with discounted lift tickets. Squaw will also host the famed 21st Annual Lake Cushing Crossing, a favorite pond-skimming event, Sunday, July 3. Also not-to-be-missed is Big Head Todd and the Monsters July 3 at Squaw, free admission.On Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is also reopening its doors Monday, July 4 for skiing and riding, but for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 season pass holders only.For more information about North Lake Tahoeandamp;#8217;s July 4 celebrations, as well as skiing opportunities, head to http://www.GoTahoeNorth.com. And, for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the web siteandamp;#8217;s Cool Deals, which is updated daily.Visitor information centers are located at 380 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City, Calif. and 969 Tahoe Blvd. in Incline Village, Nev. The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com