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Truckee celebrates freedom on the Fourth

Staff reports

File photoLast year's fireworks at Donner Lake.

Start the Independence Day weekend off right with the Truckee Fourth of July Parade.

Titled “Truckee – Celebrate Freedom!” the parade kicks off today at 10 a.m. and will begin at Sierra Mountain Middle School and finish in Historic Downtown Truckee.

Early on in the 2-and-one-half-mile route, Don and Diane Casler of Century 21 will be stationed out in front of their business, located at 11500 Donner Pass Road, announcing the parade entries as they march along. This will be the 10th year the Caslers have volunteered to announce for the parade.

As the parade entrants approach Historic Downtown, Jim Simon will announce who’s coming along the route as they perform for the judges. Town council members, Tahoe Forest Hospital CEO Bob Schapper, chamber chair Shelly Wright and East West Partners’ Roger Lessman will judge the contestants.

The grand marshal of this year’s parade will be Truckee Mayor Ted Owens.

During the parade, attendees can purchase official Fourth of July T-shirts from various locations along the route.

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Today

— Truckee Fire District’s fifth annual pancake breakfast, 7 to 10:30 a.m. at fire station 92, next to Tahoe Truckee High School

— Truckee Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m. to noon, from Sierra Mountain Middle School to Historic Downtown Truckee

— Firecracker Mile one-mile fun run and walk from Tahoe Forest Hospital to Historic Downtown Truckee, begins at 10 a.m., call 587-6011 for more information

— Old West Weekend at the Village at Squaw Valley, see http://www.squaw.com or call 584-6269 for more information

— Second annual Bluegrass and Blues Festival at Squaw Valley USA at High Camp, see http://www.squaw.com or call 583-6985 for more information

— Donner Lake Fourth of July Fireworks and Celebration, West End Beach Donner Lake, tickets must be purchased in advance, fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., call 582-7720 for more information

— Tahoe City Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. at Lake Tahoe

July 5

— Donner Summit Fire Department picnic and fund-raiser, 11.am. to 5 p.m., at Donner Summit Lodge Picnic Grounds, adults $12 and children $6

— Old West Weekend at the Village at Squaw Valley, see http://www.squaw.com or call 584-6269 for more information

— Second annual Bluegrass and Blues Festival at Squaw Valley USA at High Camp, see http://www.squaw.com or call 583-6985 for more information

July 6

— Monthly Pancake Breakfast to support the Senior Meals Program and Meals on Wheels, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Truckee Donner Senior Center, adults $5 and children $3