You are here

29 Jun 2024
Related Items: 
Local Recommendations

Whether you’re a new traveler to the North Lake Tahoe area during the warmest months of the year, or a seasoned Tahoe summer vet, we have your July 4th holiday itinerary mapped out! One of the best ways to enjoy Tahoe’s busiest week of the year is to embrace the lively summer activities and also set aside time to explore and soak in the solitude of the Sierras, and the tranquility of Lake Tahoe at dawn or dusk.

Fireworks and Drone Shows!

They’re happening several times all around the North Lake Tahoe so take your pick. Attend the festivities on July 4th at West End Beach Donner Lake or Tahoe City. Pack drinks and snacks, and arrive early to get a good seat of the spectacular show! Local tip: make a late dinner reservation at any of the lakefront restaurants around Tahoe City (see Christy Hill, Jakes on the Lake, Sunnyside Restaurant) and watch the LED laser drone show from your front row seat. Most fireworks show begin at 9:30PM, but you’ll want to be ready to catch them well before then.

Tahoe City has a jam packed day the whole family will love, which culminates with the exciting drone show at 9:30PM. But check out the lineup of festivities that start at 12PM at Commons Beach:

  • 12-2 pm: Lazar
  • 1-4 pm: Face Painting and Temporary Tattoos
  • 2-4 pm: Disco Terrorist, Bubble Show and Hula Hoops
  • 4-6 pm: Funksalot
  • 5-8 pm: Face Paint
  • 6-8 pm: Zebuel
  • 8-10 pm: All Good Funk Alliance
  • 9:15 pm: LED Laser and Glow Show
  • 9:30 pm: Tahoe City Drone Show
  • 9:45 pm: Closing DJ and Announcements
  • 10 pm: 4th of July Celebrations Conclude

Music on the Beach with the Whole Family

It will be hard to stay indoors while vacationing at Tahoe so an evening outdoor concert is still in the cards with your children in tow! Throw on a warm sweater, and bring your coziest blanket to the Kings Beach State Recreation Area for their FREE Music on the Beach series! On Friday, July 5th the band Lumanation will take the stage, with their unique sound rooted in classic reggae, and incorporates ska, funk, and rock grooves. 

Get Away from It All: Hike, Bike or Paddle

After all the fun hustle and bustle around North Lake Tahoe with fireworks shows, concert series, movie series, fun Truckee River floats with friends and family, you’ll want to get away from it all. To move your body in the fresh air. A time to refresh and gaze at Mother Nature’s peaks and valleys. You can choose from an array of day hikes along the Tahoe Rim Trail, or rent a kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard and launch very early in the morning when the lake is calm and glassy. Or keep that bike rental for an extra day and head out on a mountain bike excursion.

No matter how you structure your July 4th holiday week there are so many summer activities the whole family will love, from Truckee to Tahoe City to Palisades Tahoe and Alpine Meadows. Click here to view our available rentals for the holiday week!