Fourth of July events |

Fourth of July events

Children of all ages ride in the annual Fourth of July bike parade at Minden Park during the 2016 Fourth of July festivities.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

Freedom 5K. The annual Gardnerville Freedom 5K Fun Run/Walk is July 4 at Heritage Park. There will be a Yankee Doodle Dash Obstacle Course, free for kids 12 and younger. Registration is $15 in advance at Onsite registration is 7-7:45 a.m. and costs $20. Information,

Pancake Breakfast. The Carson Valley Lions Club will host a “Pancake Breakfast” from 8-10 a.m. July 4 at Heritage Park in Gardnerville. Cost is $7 and includes pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverage. More information here.

Independence Day. The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra and the Voices of the Sierra Choral Group will perform a concert of patriotic songs 11:30 a.m. July 4 at Heritage Park in Gardnerville. Information,

Americana Festival. Genoa’s Americana Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. July 4 at Mormon Station State Historic Park. Games, raffles, food and beverages. Children’s parade begins at 10 a.m.; Sierra Silver Strings perform at 10:45 a.m.; Sage Creek at 11:45 a.m.; Richard Elloyan & Steve Wade perform at 12:45 p.m.; Sierra Sweethearts take the stage at 1:45 p.m.; Slade Rivers Band comes on at 3:45 p.m.; and the Carson City Symphony performs at 4:30 p.m.

Fourth of July. The Town of Minden’s Fourth of July Celebration is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday at Minden Park. Hamburgers and hotdogs available, kids bike parade, balloon creations, bounce house and more. The Kiwanis Aktion Club of Carson Valley will host a beverage booth during the event. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Douglas County Library’s Bookmobile.

Fireworks Shows

Lights on the Lake. Lights on the Lake at South Lake Tahoe is set for 9:45 p.m. July 4

The 4th in Virginia City. Virginia City offers an Independence Day experience with a 4th of July parade at noon, raffle and auction, the Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert, old-west shootouts, train rides on the V&T Railroad and a fireworks display at dark.

Red, White and Tahoe Blue Bash. Red, White and Tahoe Blue is Saturday through Tuesday at Incline Village. This event is a whole weekend of 20+ family activities, including a parade, community parade, the Marine Band of San Diego and fireworks on July 4. Note that all events are not free. Ticket information is available from event listings on the online calendar. For additional information, call (323) 490-3281.

Carson City fireworks. The 25th annual RSVP celebration and carnival is Saturday through Tuesday at Mills Park. Fireworks are launched July 4 from behind Carson High School and can be viewed from the park.

Reminder: Fireworks are illegal in Douglas County, Washoe County, Lake Tahoe Basin and surrounding areas. The penalty for possessing or discharging illegal fireworks is up to $1,000 and six months in jail.