Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park’s Fourth of July celebration dazzle

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Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District had a successful Fourth of July celebration.

TRUCKEE, Calif. – In a dazzling display of community, Truckee residents gathered at Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District’s West End Beach to celebrate the 4th of July and watch an unforgettable fireworks display. The event was a smashing success, with over 3,700 attendees enjoying the beach, games, and live music.

TDRPD opened the park gates at 9 a.m., where the early birds claimed their spots on the beach. Classic picnic games and live music started at 1:30 p.m. Families tossed eggs to each other, sometimes cracking them on their partner, or the spectator behind them.

Children covered their faces in whipped cream in their attempt to lick their plate clean in the pie-eating contest. The girls faced off against the boys in tug-of-war, with both groups triumphing over the other in different age groups.

The sense of community and joy that emanated from the games was palpable, with smiles and laughter from all ages participating and cheering each other on. People danced and swayed to performances by 6th Sense, Steel Sparrows, Wild Ginger, Matt Axton, and Blues Monsters. The music serenaded the entire beach, giving the day an ever-present soundtrack.

Over 3,700 attendees enjoyed the beach, games, and live music.

All of the games and musical performances were made possible by sponsorships from Shepherd’s Auto Body, The Tree House, Grateful Gardens, the Phil and Catherine Mill Memorial, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Sticks Market, Mt. Lincoln Construction, and Mountain Hardware & Sports. Food was also provided through the Rotary Club of Truckee, which left the scent of delicious BBQ wafting over the beach. Meanwhile, children ran around with ice cream and snacks from Pier Thirty-Ate.


The day’s festivities were fun, but the highlight of the event was the fireworks. Shooting out from the Pavilion at West End Beach, and arching over the water, the show was a sight to see. West End Beach had the best view, with the fireworks exploding right overhead in shimmering colors, but people gathered around the entire shore of the lake and in the surrounding mountains to get a view. Being some of the only fireworks in the Tahoe area, people were eager to get a good viewing spot.

As people filed out after the fireworks, the laughter and smiles exuding from the crowd displayed just how much this event means to the community. TDRPD is proud to host such a wonderful community event and display fireworks for everyone in the town and beyond. It is a wonderful tradition that countless people said they want to see continue for many years to come.

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