Red, White and Tahoe Blue – July 4th Celebrations

By Beth Storie

Lake Tahoe Independence Day Parades

The Village Green in Incline Village is the happening spot for Independence Day fun — and the fun lasts from July 1 through the 4th! This year’s Red, White and Tahoe Blue event is themed Tahoe Salutes Our Heroes, and it’s our 10th anniversary celebration. As usual, to commemorate our country’s independence, RW&TB will feature numerous events, concerts and one of the best fireworks shows in the nation.

We’ll kick things off with the Beer & Brat Community Party on July 1 starting at 4 p.m. A ticketed event, entry is $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

Community Day, July 2, begins with one of the most popular events, the Kid’s Bike Parade, starting at 10:15 in the morning. Following this year’s theme, you can win prizes for the most festive bike, most festive costume, most festive stroller, most festive parent and best theme depiction saluting our heros. Parents note that all participating children must be registered and wear a bike helmet during the bike event. Thanks to Suja Juice for their sponsorship of this event this year and to Incline Village Library and Dress the Party for their support.

Following the Kids’ Bike Parade is the Tahoe Salutes Our Heroes Parade, a community favorite, which starts at 10:30. The parade launches at the 76 Station at the intersection of Northwood and Tahoe Boulevard and ends north of the Village Green. Parents, note that all children on parade floats must be transported by a designated adult to the Village Green. This year’s parade is sponsored by Linda and Richard Offerdahl.

Tahoe Independence Day Events

Red, White and Tahoe Blue’s Family Day is celebrated with more than 20 family-oriented events such as an Ice Cream Eating Contest, a Community Fair featuring local merchants, a Pancake Breakfast and Rubber Duck Races. There’s food, drink and free music with various bands and musicians playing around town. Adults appreciate the Wine & Cheese Community Party in the afternoon (tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door).

The highlight of the whole Family Day celebration is when TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus takes the stage as fireworks light up the sky. This pyrotechnic spectacular is known nationwide as one of the best, and you can get a front row seat.

Patriot’s Day, July 4, is the time to thank our heroes — our veterans — with a Veterans’ Recognition, Veterans’ Lunch, para-rescue demos and a celebration of our nation’s flag.

Incline Village’s homespun Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration has been rated one of the 10 best in the nation. As you might expect, the population of Incline swells to more than triple its usual size Independence week, so show up early for events, have patience and, most of all, celebrate!