Star Spangled Sparks, music at Bartley Ranch or Wingfield Park in Reno, or head up to Lake Tahoe? You for this year’s July 4th .

Grapefruit PinwheelThe is next Thursday and with it comes a great many opportunities for . Reno and/or Lake Tahoe is a great place to spend the Independence Day holiday.

In fact, some of my happiest memories happened on July 4th. Sitting on Nevada Beach and a happy face made of fireworks appear before my eyes; not my own, but an actual firework going off in the sky that made the shape of a happy face. I even started dating my wife in 2003, shortly after my undergraduate years at University of , Reno by running into her at Zephyr Cove on the day of July 4th that year. Now parents be warned, Zephyr Cove is no place for a young child on July 4th, but I just wanted to put it in perspective and illustrate the point about it being a happy memory mine.

Here’s Beach on Labor Day; the other time of the year that there is a fireworks display on Lake Tahoe.


The Reno/Sparks area also hosts an event for those who do not want to drive up/down from Lake Tahoe. You can attend Star Spangled Sparks at Victorian Square where fireworks are lit on the rooftop of John Ascuaga’s Nugget. This is a very joyous occasion. The best spot for viewing, in my opinion, is in front of the Century Theaters in Sparks. That is absolutely a great spot. There are also some festivities going on at the Sparks Marina that day as well starting as early as 6:00 AM PDT.

Also happening the weekend of July 4-6, 2013 is the The Biggest Little City Wing Fest presented by The Silver Legacy. If you’re into chicken wings, this may be a great stop for you.

Whatever you are doing this July 4th make sure that you are with the ones you love and call family and friends.

Here are some more activities happening in the area on July 4th and throughout the year at in case you want to plan out your next special event attendance.

What are your plans for July 4th? Be sure to leave a comment below and tell us about it. We’d love to know.

Featured image attribution: Mike Lienhard, Nevada Magazine

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  • Karen O'Sullivan Nattress

    We are going to Sparks for the festivities this year. Been a long time since I have seen them here.

    • Will Hull

      Fantastic, Karen. I am really glad you took a look at our little site. Thanks for taking the time to post a comment. We love reading them.

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