Independence Day 2011: Fourth of July activities and events in Tahoe and Truckee |

Independence Day 2011: Fourth of July activities and events in Tahoe and Truckee

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The North Tahoe Business Association (NTBA) is gearing up for a fun-filled July 4 weekend.Music on the Beach kicks off Friday, July 1, 6:30 -8:30 p.m. Get your beach chairs and dancin’ shoes ready for great music in Kings Beach. The opening show features The Blues Monsters.The Beth Weber Arts andamp; Crafts Show takes place July 1, 2, 3 and 4, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, in the Plaza. Stroll through the arts and crafts show while enjoying the great view.The July 3 fireworks show is a North Tahoe tradition hosted by NTBA at dusk, July 3 at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area, located in downtown Kings Beach. The fireworks can be viewed for free from the one-quarter mile of public sandy beach, as well as other venues along the North Shore and boats on the water. NTBA will host its traditional Deck Party at the North Tahoe Event Center. Tickets are $10 ($15 at the door that evening) adults and $5 for children 4-11. Enjoy live music featuring Downbeat, food booths offering casual dining options, a no host bar and VIP viewing area. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the deck party. Tickets are on sale now at the NTBA office, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach.NTBA will be selling July 3 T-shirts to raise funds and generate support. In addition, donation buckets will be around town.For more information call 530-546-9000 or visit

Prepare yourselves for one big three-day party on the North Shore. The Grid is closing off the lot with music inside and out. Drink specials, raffle prizes and giveaways. The Bud girls and Red Stag girls will be on hand. Plus, top the fireworks off with a Red, White and Blue andamp;#8230; Totally 80s Party. Musical guests include: Rick Preston, Zeb Early, IJV, Chango, Gurbtron, Shane Suffriti, DJ Treez, Dub Fyah and DJ Sheriff. Beginning July 1, 5 p.m. The Grid Bar andamp; Grill, 8545 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach. Call 530-546-0300 or visit

North Tahoe Family Resource Center Family Day at the Lake , Saturday, July 2, North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, 2-6 p.m. Enjoy a day on the lake for an afternoon full of fun with games, music, dancing and carnival-themed activities for all ages as the North Tahoe Family Resource Center celebrates 10 years of service. For more information visit or call event coordinator Lucila Hussek at 530-330-0706.

The Fifth Annual Red White and Tahoe Blue Festival has expanded its annual free Village Fair to include more festivities, food and family fun with music, food, educational booths, arts and crafts, activities for the kids and more July 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Village Green. Slated to start just after the annual Parade, the Fair will showcase a Veterans Lunch and Celebration, a Blackhawk helicopter and paratrooper exhibition, Dress Up Your Pet Parade, Those Two Gals will perform and T’s Mesquite Rotisserie presents the Tahoe CAN Taco Stand. In addition, more than 30 local nonprofit organizations will share educational information about services, arts and culture activities and year-round events. This year’s fair will include arts and crafts booths and local business exposure opportunities. The booth cost is $50 with all proceeds benefiting Tahoe CAN and the Red White and Tahoe Blue Fireworks. Visit

Donner Summit Area Association is proud to present the Annual Community Picnic Saturday, July 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sugar Bowl’s Mt. Judah Lodge. The picnic includes a barbecue lunch, games, bounce house, live music from the Mountain Belles and Jo Mama. Auction and raffle prizes donated by local businesses and DSAA members include a cash prize, ski passes, gift certificates from local restaurants, local artwork, firewood, themed gift baskets and more. DSAA will also announce the Community Person of the Year.The Serene Lakes Property Owners Association (SLPOA) will also host its annual Fourth of July party Sunday, July 3. Activities at Lot 1 (SLPOA’s leased beach area) will include the Fourth of July parade, flea market, chili cook off and barbecue and, if the lake has cleared, sailboat races. Visit Sugar Bowl’s 2010/11 and 2011/12 passholders will have the rare opportunity to ski Sugar Bowl and enjoy a holiday barbecue on Monday, July 4 when they open the Disney Chair. Finally, the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District will hold its annual fireworks display on Monday, July 4. Donner Summit offers a bird’s eye view of the display.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa andamp; Casino invites guests to celebrate the Fourth of July with celebratory dining and fireworks. From 6-10 p.m., indulge in a buffet of barbecue fare featuring hamburgers, hot dogs and more, while enjoying panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Each year, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort hosts an unparalleled fireworks display conducted just 200 yards off the resort’s lakeside location. Guests will have front row seating for all of the Fourth of July action. Monday, July 4, 2011, 6-10 p.m., Lower Cottage Green at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa andamp; Casino. Cost is $75 per person (including seating on Cottage Green, access to buffet and two drink tickets); $40 for children under 12. For more information or for reservations, contact Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort at 775-886-6693.

Join Dragonfly restaurant for the Fourth of July parade deck party Monday, July 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Watch the parade excitement as it passes directly below on Donner Pass Road.Twenty-five dollars will gain parade-goers entrance to the standing room deck where passed appetizers will be served throughout the event. In addition, the deck will be outfitted with a cash bar serving thirst-quenching libations. Reservations will be taken or spectators should plan to arrive by 9:45 a.m. Once the deck party is over, July 4 revelers are welcome to stay at Dragonfly for lunch. Dragonfly is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee. Call 530-587-0557, visit or andamp;#8220;likeandamp;#8221; them on Facebook.

The Meeks Bay Volunteer Firefighters Association will hold its 42nd Annual Pancake Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, 8 a.m.-noon.This popular fundraising event has been called andamp;#8220;the best of its kindandamp;#8221; in our area and draws repeat visitors year after year. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the Volunteer Firefighters Association that donates much needed equipment to the Meeks Bay Fire Protection District.Breakfast will include pancakes, famous Meeks Bay Fire jumbo sausages, applesauce, milk, coffee, orange juice and plenty of butter and maple syrup to make the meal complete.The popular Meeks Bay T-shirts, sweats, aprons and other logo items will be available for purchase as well as the best-selling Meeks Bay Fire Ladies Auxiliary Cook Book. andamp;#8220;Fire Chiefandamp;#8221; helmets will be available for visiting andamp;#8220;little chiefs.andamp;#8221;Breakfast is $9 for adults (12 years plus), $6 for children (6 andamp;#8211;11 years), and free for those 5 years and younger. Meet the firefighters, get defensible space and home safety information and see the fire engines and apparatus on display for inspection by andamp;#8220;childrenandamp;#8221; of all ages.Meeks Bay Fire Station #61 is located on Highway 89 in Meeks Bay.

On Monday, July 4, the Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and the North Tahoe Fire Protection District will collaborate to serve a Pancake Breakfast, July 4, 8-10:30 a.m., North Tahoe Event Center deck, Kings Beach. The youths and fire personnel will serve a full pancake breakfast with strawberries, whipped cream, sausage, juice, milk, and plenty of coffee. This is great opportunity to see friends and neighbors and a super opportunity for visitors to enjoy the beauty of a spectacular lakeside setting with great food for a great cause. This event has been happening for 30 years.

A fun community event for the whole family. The Truckee Firefighters’ Charitable Fund, Inc. (TFCF) will host its 13th Annual Pancake Breakfast Monday, July 4, 7-10 a.m., Station 92, 11473 Donner Pass Road. andamp;#8220;Our Pancake Breakfast brings everyone together for a fun morning which is unique to small towns and allows us to give back to the community,andamp;#8221; said Chief of Truckee Fire Protection District Bob Bena. TFCF, a nonprofit 501 C-3, uses the money raised in this event for various community programs including the Roy Water Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to a Truckee High School graduate pursuing a career in the Fire/EMS Services. This year’s breakfast will cost $3 for children and $6 for adults. There will be T-shirts and hats available for purchase. Fire apparatus will be on display along with a bounce house. There will also be an informational fire prevention display. This year TFCF is asking for no local donations, thanking the businesses that have donated in the past. Come early while the pancakes last.

Big Blue Adventure Run to the Beach 5 and 10K, July 4, Kings Beach. Race starts at North Tahoe Regional Park and goes to the Beach. Registration available at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach July 2 and 3.

Fun Run for the whole family, just before the Truckee Fourth of July Parade. Pre-register for $15 adults; $10 kids or $5 more on race day. Visit Starts by U.S. Bank on Donner Pass Road, 9:45 a.m., finishes at Truckee’s train station.

The King of the Mousehole Bike Sprint has been canceled.

Norman Rockwell would be proud of Truckee’s Fourth of July Parade, which winds down Donner Pass Road from the old Sierra Mountain Middle School through historic downtown Truckee. The event is a true local’s favorite that is not to be missed. The picturesque pageant is complete with Smokey Bear, hometown floats, marching bands and equestrian groups. Truckee Fourth of July Parade, Donner Pass Road, 10 a.m. Enjoy an old-fashioned hometown parade ending up in historic downtown Truckee. Visit or call 530-587-2757.The Truckee Fourth 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) available through the Truckee Donner Recreation andamp; Park District for TDRPD residents. Call 530-582-7720 for information.

Visitors are invited to partake in Fourth of July festivities in the Village at Northstar. Enjoy live music by Blues Monsters, Sunday, July 3, 2:30-3:30 p.m. on the Village Stage, and roller skating on Northstar Resort’s outdoor rink 1-9 p.m. On Monday, July 4, youths are welcome to decorate their bikes, razor scooter, dog or themselves at Mine in the Village at Northstar, then participate in the Independence Day Kid’s Bike Parade throughout the Village, noon-3 p.m. Darin Talbot will perform live on the Village Stage 12:30-3:30 p.m., and roller skating will be offered 1-9 p.m.

Tahoe City celebrates 65 years of fireworks at Commons Beach Monday, July 4, 9:30 p.m. (free). This event is very popular so if planning to attend get there early and build in time to park. Great event for families.

It’s a andamp;#8220;Star Spangled Fourth andamp;#8212; Lights on the Lake Fireworks Celebrationandamp;#8221; at South Shore, July 4. The American Pyrotechnics Association rates South Lake Tahoe’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration one of the andamp;#8220;Top 5andamp;#8221; displays in the nation. Starts at approximately 9:45 p.m., visible from all over Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.

Monday, July 4, Best Pies Pizzeria will kick off its Heroes for Heroes menu offering all members of the armed forces andamp;#8212; past and present andamp;#8212; half off all New York style Hero sandwiches every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Just bring in any military or veteran ID and get 50 percent off a hoagie, choosing from chicken parmesan, meatball, eggplant parmesan and more. Best Pies owners Chris Best and Elise Parnnell will start Heroes for Heroes Wednesdays to show their andamp;#8220;appreciation for the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country in order that we may all enjoy an easy freedom that does not come easily.andamp;#8221; Come in right after the parade on the Fourth and be honored. Best Pies New York Style Pizza is located on Truckee’s Commercial Row across from the Depot parking lot. Call 530-582-1111.

Squaw Valley will host a sizzling Fourth of July Weekend jam packed with summer skiing and riding, concerts, barbecues and pool parties.The party kicks off Friday, July 1 with a free concert by Stung, a Police tribute band, and continues all weekend with DJ pool parties and daily barbecues at the High Camp Pool andamp; Hot Tub, live music at Gold Coast and the Fine Arts andamp; Crafts Festival Friday through Sunday in the Village at Squaw Valley. Squaw Valley will operate six lifts, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4, weather permitting. Lift tickets for the Fourth of July weekend will be $49 per day for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. Skiing and riding will be free for 2011-12 Squaw Valley season passholders, and all skiers and riders will get a free commemorative Fourth of July T-shirt Monday, July 4, while supplies last.Big Head Todd and the Monsters will take to the KT Sundeck stage for a free, all-ages concert July 3, 7:45 p.m. Directly following the concert, Squaw Valley’s fireworks display will kick off at 9:15 p.m. with the best viewing from the KT Sundeck and The Village at Squaw Valley. Last but certainly not least, Fourth of July weekend brings the 21st Annual Lake Cushing Crossing, July 3, registration at noon, event at 2 p.m., the resort’s acclaimed pond skimming event at Cushing Pond.In honor of Independence Day, active members of the military are invited to ski and ride July 2-4 free of charge.For lodging packages, call 1-866-366-7261 or visit

Thanks to near-record snowfall at Lake Tahoe this winter, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort will throw an Independence Day ski party, complete with lift-accessed skiing and snowboarding July 2-4. Equally unique, skiers and boarders are offered an innovative way to reduce lift ticket prices during the holiday celebration. As the resort’s Facebook fan base grows, its lift ticket price shrinks.Alpine kicked off the Fourth of July Fan Quest Challenge, which offers a tangible incentive to current and new members of the resort’s Facebook Page. For every 1,000 new fans Alpine Meadows gains on Facebook through the Fourth of July weekend, Alpine will knock $3 off the pre-sale lift ticket price (which starts at $40), up to a possible $15 total savings, or $25 lift tickets. Visit to get started

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