Independence Day in Truckee 2016
Wondering what to do around Truckee on July 4? Independence Day will likely include summer fun, fireworks, time with friends and family. This year, the Truckee area offers all kinds of great things to do for the upcoming long weekend.
Let’s start with the parade! Planning has been underway for a long time already; your Chamber of Commerce has been busy. The theme of this year’s parade is Truckee Base Camp for a Big Life! As is true every year, the Chamber wants to help you kick off your July 4th celebrations. They call the parade a “quintessential display of small town Americana.” This parade and many other such activities attracts thousands of visitors, and aim to satisfy the community’s need for another “not-to-be missed” annual event.
The parade begins at 10 a.m., at the west end of town. It will progress the 1.5-mile route along Donner Pass Road, and reach historic Truckee at noon. The Chamber, and your community, appreciates sponsorship for the parade. In that, they have an online form you can access here. Sponsors –individuals, businesses, or organizations – will receive public recognition. Sponsorship begins at the “Sparkler” level (any amount), and then progresses from $100 right up to the “Statue of Liberty” donation of $1,000.
Whether or not you can sponsor the parade, we encourage you to come out and enjoy it!
Many other events and activities are taking place before July 4th. While not directly related to Independence Day, there are several happenings (some recurring) taking place on July 1, 2, or 3. We thought we’d start you out this way, before covering a few July 4 activities:
- This year July 1 falls on a Friday; a good reason to kick off your long weekend with Truckee’s First Fridays. It’s from 5 – 8 p.m., and includes music, wine, food, and good times. The venue is Historic Downtown Truckee.
- A few other July 1st entries include: #socialsketch + #write_on, an event for both kids and adults, featuring an evening “drawing, sketching, collaborating and socializing with other artists”. Bring your sketchbook or other drawing tools. It takes place at Atelier from 5 – 8 p.m. Click this link for more details.
- It’s Bikes & Brews at the Northstar as usual at 5 p.m. Details here.
- At the Northwoods Clubhouse, it’s Kids Night Out. What a wonderful way to begin the long weekend with family in tow. More information can be found here.
- On Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, there are also many fun, sporting, and interesting events. Kidzone Museum features their regular STEAM Exploration Saturdays at 9 a.m. on the 2nd.
- From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Saturday, you can head to Truckee Regional Park to ride the Truckee River Railroad! Lots of fun for kids of any age.
- If you’re into Bluegrass music, get out to the Northstar by 3 p.m. on Saturday to enjoy their Beer and Bluegrass Festival. Tickets are $30 in advance, and a few dollars more the day of.
- Sunday morning from 8 – 11:30 a.m. at Truckee Donner Senior Apartments enjoy a pancake breakfast for only $7 (less for kids). This monthly event is put on by local non-profit services. A great way to meet and greet, to support, and to eat!
- Also on Sunday, starting at 5 p.m., Tahoe Donner features their Summer Concert on the Green. For this date, there will be a tribute to Journey. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for kids 7-12 years, and free for the younger ones. Click this link for the band’s website, to find out everything about EVOLUTION.
So July 4th this year falls on a Monday, and parade lovers already know there’s something special in store. But there are a number of other events as well. Here are a few for you to consider:
- The Firecracker Mile – one of the Truckee Fun Run series of events – begins before the parade, at 9 a.m. The cost of this fundraising event runs from $10-$30. Click here for a listing of this and other Fun Run events organized by the Auburn Ski Club, all of which are for good causes.
- West Shore Café’s 4th of July Party takes place the day of from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. From all-day lawn games, to live music from 5:30 p.m., to fireworks at night. The Café calls this “one of the best seats in Tahoe”.
- Tahoe City Fourth of July Fireworks Show. In 2016 they celebrate their 71st year! Sponsorships, donations, and volunteers help make this special annual event what it is. The organizers are calling this year’s event “the biggest, brightest and most dazzling firework show to date!” Activities take place all day long. Please check their website periodically for updates.
- There will be exciting fireworks galore, and one of the more popular shows is Donner Lake Fireworks. It takes place at West End Beach from 9-10 p.m. You may need to get tickets in advance to this one, and you can so by heading to Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District’s website.
Please enjoy your Fourth of July weekend with family and friends in safety, appreciation, and good cheer.
This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue(s) to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.