4th of July fireworks, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
The 4h of July in 2021 is on a Sunday. Many, but not all, fireworks shows are back after being canceled last year. These include Star Spangled Sparks, a party and fireworks at Greater Nevada Field, fireworks with Artown and the Reno Phil at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park and a big fireworks show up in Virginia City.

You can take a train ride on the local route in Virginia City. At the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, rides on a steam train and the McKeen Motor Car will be available on July 3 – 5, 2021. The locomotives Inyo and Glenbrook will be steamed up each day to celebrate Independence Day.

Fireworks are illegal in Washoe County – Firing off your own fireworks is illegal in Washoe County, at Lake Tahoe, and just about every other place in the surrounding region. With the hot, dry weather, this is a no brainer. Please, don’t even think about it.

Pyramid Lake is open. You can buy fireworks at select Pyramid Lake locations and shoot them off at designated locations within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation and according to the rules set forth by the tribe.

Labor Day weekend is September 4 – 7, 2020. The holiday presents numerous choices of things to do in the Reno / Tahoe area during this last long holiday weekend of summer. Unfortunately, the list is considerably shorter than before due to the pandemic.

Events like the Nugget Rib Cook-Off and Virginia City Labor Day Parade are not happening. Lots of outdoorsy activities are still available, including beaches at Lake Tahoe, hiking, picnicking at area parks and cooling off at any of numerous local swimming pools and water play places.

If none of that sounds good, you can catch a train ride in Carson City or Virginia City. You might also be interested in the newest attraction on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad – railbike tours on the Carson River Canyon trail route. Check out other possibilities at “2020 Labor Day Holiday Weekend Around Reno.”

If you are going to be playing outdoors, be aware that the fire danger is extremely high and there are lots of restrictions in force right now. Be extra careful with BBQs and any other fire you may use. If in doubt, do without. The forest you save may be the one you are standing in.

4th of July fireworks, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
The 4th of July in 2020 is on a Saturday. However, as with most every other big event in the Reno / Tahoe area this year, the coronavirus has led to cancellation of all fireworks shows, save the one in Virginia City. Update: The fireworks show in Virginia City has been canceled.

You can take a 4th of July train ride, though. The classic Carson City to Virginia City round trip on the V & T Railroad will be operating on July 4 – 5, 2020. Trains will be themed for Independence Day. At the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, rides on a steam train and the McKeen Motor Car will be available on July 3 – 5, 2020. The locomotives Inyo and Glenbrook will be steamed up each day to celebrate Independence Day.

Fireworks are illegal in Washoe County – Firing off your own fireworks is illegal in Washoe County, at Lake Tahoe, and just about every other place in the surrounding region. With the hot, dry weather, this is a no brainer. Please, don’t even think about it.

Pyramid Lake is closed to the public until further notice. Under normal circumstances, you could buy fireworks and shoot them off at designated locations within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation and according to the rules set forth by the tribe. That is not happening for 2020 4th of July.