4th of July fireworks, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
The 4th of July is on a Wednesday in 2018. There is lots of family fun to be had during the 4th of July holiday in Reno and Sparks. The big fireworks show in the Truckee Meadows is the Star Spangled Sparks extravaganza in Victorian Square, accompanied by a variety of activities before the sky lights up. This is a huge show and well worth seeing.

Another local fireworks show will be after the 4th of July Reno Aces game at Greater Nevada Field. The game is against the Sacramento River Cats and it starts at 6:35 p.m.

With July being Artown in Reno, there will be a free evening concert of patriotic music in Wingfield Park on the 4th of July starting at 7:30 p.m. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will end the performance with a choreographed fireworks show.

Up at South Lake Tahoe, “Lights on the Lake” will be particularly spectacular. The fireworks are launched from a barge out on the lake, with good vantage points all around the shoreline. Other locations around Lake Tahoe will be having fireworks shows and other activities as well, including Incline Village, Kings Beach, and Tahoe City. There will be a big party and fireworks up in Virginia City. For details about these and more, refer to “Fourth of July Fireworks in Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe.”

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.

The only exception to the no fireworks rule is at Pyramid Lake, where you can 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.

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Lazy 5 Regional Park is having another summer of free Wednesday evening concerts thanks to the generous support of community sponsors. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets or low back chairs. Dinner or snacks in small coolers are welcome. NO PETS or glass containers.

  • June 27: 80’s New Wave Covers with “New Wave Crave”
  • July 4: Chart topping hits by Air Force Band of the Golden West “Mobility”
  • July 11: Texas Blues, Rock & Soul with “Snakeboy Johnson”
  • July 18: Dixieland Jazz by “Chris Wessel’s Jazz Dixie Review”
  • July 25: Newgrass & Americana with “Sage Creek”
  • Aug. 1: A Musical Variety performed by “Escalade”

Lazy 5 Regional Park is part of the Washoe County Parks system and is located at 7100 Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks/Spanish Springs. For more information, call (775) 424-1866.

Farmers markets, Reno, Sparks, Nevada
With summer on the way, farmers markets are popping up throughout the Reno and Sparks area, and at other locations around our region. You will enjoy a fun atmosphere along with finding fresh fruits and vegetables to perk up your meals.

In Sparks, 39 North Marketplace, which is a combination farmers market, festival, and food education event, is back for another year at Victorian Square. In Reno, there are a variety of markets on different days of the week.

In addition to Nevada grown produce, you’ll find lots of goodies from California that don’t grow on this side of the mountains. Farmers markets are fun for families, many featuring free entertainment and lots of things for kids to do. Get more information from “Farmers Markets around Reno and Sparks,” which also includes regional areas like Fernley, Fallon, north Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Dayton, etc.