Fireworks during the Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration Photo by Charlie Johnston

Fireworks during the Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration
Photo by Charlie Johnston

Independence Day celebrations set to take place across the Silver State.

By Jeri Chadwell

The first Independence Day fireworks were lit off on July 4, 1777—one year after the United States declared its independence from Great Britain, and even as the Revolutionary War raged on. And 237 years later, fireworks are still the centerpiece of our Independence Day celebrations.

As Nevada continues its sesquicentennial celebration, fireworks displays around the state take on even greater significance. Here are just a few to consider attending:

Lake Tahoe
The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and tenor Albert Lee are featured at Tahoe’s Fourth of July fireworks display, part of the annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration. The orchestra has prepared a salute to the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. The event takes place at the Village Green in Incline Village. Tickets are $44 for adults and $11 for children.

Battle Mountain
Come to Elquist Park in Battle Mountain to enjoy a multi-genre music festival featuring blue grass, ska, country, pop, and punk. The Battle Born Music Festival offers vendors in the park, games for the kids, a street dance, parade, and fireworks finale.

Las Vegas
Station Casinos is launching its fireworks show from Green Valley Ranch Resort and Red Rock Resort. The nine-minute show is produced by Fireworks by Grucci— a family run business since 1850 and one of the premier pyrotechnics firms in the nation. Station Casinos is also featuring fireworks from Aliante Station, Fiesta Rancho, and Texas Station.

Reno-Sparks
John Ascuaga’s Nugget is celebrating its 15th annual Star Spangled Sparks fireworks show. The show, which is set off from the roof of the Nugget, is the region’s longest fireworks display. Live music is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The casino is offering free mechanical bull rides at their newly-opened Gilley’s Saloon for anyone with a valid Military ID.

For more information about Fourth of July celebrations around the state, visit the Nevada 150 website!