4th of July in Tahoe is a truly incredible experience. The small towns bustle with activity, the weather is gorgeous, and of course, there are firework shows all around the lake.
Here are a few of our favorite places to watch the fireworks at Lake Tahoe:
Yep, shameless plug. Our private beach and pier offer great views of the fireworks shows around the lake. Grab a drink and make some popcorn in your very own cabin, and the beach and pier is just steps from your door. The Kings Beach fireworks are the closest to the Franciscan, but the Tahoe City, Zephyr Cove, Incline Village, and South Lake Tahoe fireworks can also be viewed from our beach and pier.
July 1-2: Northstar Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival, Truckee, CA
Head up to the Northstar Village for craft brew tasting, pairing, and live music on 4th of July Weekend. Kid-friendly activities are available, and the Brewmaster’s Dinner on July 2nd offers craft beer pairings and a 5-course meal.
July 1-3: Red White and Tahoe Blue Celebration, Incline Village, NV
Free music, a street marketplace and fair, and plenty of activities for families–Incline Village goes all out with their 4th of July celebration! Watch the fireworks with a special finale accompanied by the Air National Guard Band of the West. See the full schedule of events here.
July 1-4: Freedom Fest at Squaw Valley, Squaw Valley, CA
Ski on 4th of July weekend? Who wouldn’t want to do that?! Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows will be hosting Freedom Fest, with free live music, skiing, and fireworks on Monday night. Stop by to ski or just to enjoy some live music in the sunshine at the nation’s summer skiing capital.
July 3: Kings Beach Fireworks, Kings Beach Recreation Area, CA
You don’t have to wait until the 4th to start celebrating! Kings Beach hosts its annual 3rd of July fireworks and beach party, complete with eating contests, giveaways, and live music. This fireworks show and party is located just over one mile from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, offering great viewing from our beach and pier, or an easy drive or bike to the festivities. Alternatively, book a 4th of July cruise on the Tahoe Gal to view the show from the water.
July 4th: Tahoe City Fireworks, Tahoe City, CA
The 72nd annual Tahoe City Fireworks show will be one to remember! Enjoy dinner or drinks at one of the many lakeside restaurants and bars, and then head down to the beach to pick a spot to watch the show. Tahoe City Kayak will be offering a 4th of July kayak tour, offering the unique experience of watching the fireworks from the lake. Can’t beat that!
July 4th: Donner Lake Fireworks, Truckee, CA
Enjoy the 4th of July at another beautiful lake in the region, Donner Lake, located just 30 minutes from The Franciscan. Enjoy historic Truckee’s annual 4th of July parade and street fair, followed by a fireworks celebration. View a stunning fireworks show in the Sierras from one of Donner Lake’s public docks, or from the West End Beach.
July 4th: Lights on the Lake, South Lake Tahoe
Recognized as one of the premier fireworks shows in the nation, South Lake Tahoe comes alive for the annual fireworks show. View the show from the water with a cruise on the Tahoe Queen or the M.S. Dixie, or get to one of the beaches early to secure a spot. If you don’t mind being approximately 22 miles away from the fireworks, they can be viewed from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, which is a pretty amazing experience.
Don’t miss the 4th of July in Tahoe. Book your stay today.