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Valley Fourth will feature barbecues and brass

Genoa Volunteer firefighter Roger Falcke drives the engine out onto Main St. in preparation for last year's parade.
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July 4th Events

Heritage Park, Gardnerville

7 a.m. Sign up for the Freedom 5K in Heritage Park in

8 a.m. Carson Valley Lions serve breakfast $7

8-10 a.m. Freedom 5K

9:45 a.m. Quicksilver Agility Club demonstration

11:30 a.m. Carson Valley Pops and Voices of Sierra perform

Minden Park

10 a.m. Children’s bicycle parade

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free hamburgers and hotdogs

Genoa

10 a.m. Dog and children parade

11 a.m. Genoa Volunteers serve lunch, $12

11 a.m. Ten Dollar Pony

12:15 p.m. Mosquito Road Bluegrass

1:30 p.m. Quake City Jug Band

2:45 p.m. Nial McGuiness & the New World Jazz Project

4:30 p.m. Carson City Symphony

Stateline

9:45 p.m. Lights on the Lake

Instead of the pop of fireworks, Carson Valley will celebrate the Fourth with music from the Pops. Replacing the rocket’s red glare will be the brass section’s bright flare. And the smoke will be from grills cooking food across the Valley.

Carson Valley celebrations of the Fourth of July will ring with food and music, and even a parade or two.

Runners and walkers open the day in Gardnerville’s Heritage Park with the Freedom 5K.

Sign-ups for the 5K can be done online or at the park in the hour before the 8 a.m. start time. Participants are encouraged to wear patriotic colors and costumes.

More than 100 runners and walkers participated in last year’s event.

After the 5K, the Carson Valley Lions will be serving up pancake breakfasts for $7 each before the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra and Sierra Choral Group fill the park with music.

According to the Census, there are roughly 3,400 people living in Minden, and 950 of them ate at last year’s free Fourth of July feed in the park.

The town will again be serving free hamburgers and hotdogs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Popsicles, balloon creations, a bubble zone, bounce house and the annual kids Bike Parade will all accompany the celebration. Members of the Kiwanis Aktion Club of Carson Valley will be selling drinks to raise money.

Genoa has been celebrating the Fourth of July since before Nevada became a state, and Thursday will be no exception.

A children and dogs parade will kick off the celebration 10 a.m. starting on Nixon Street and winding around town and into Mormon Station State Historic Park.

The Genoa Volunteer Fire Department will be firing up the grill to start cooking $12 chicken dinners, which should be ready around 11 a.m. That’s when Ten Dollar Pony takes the stage to start the day of music that will feature the Quake City Jug Band, Nial McGuiness & the New World Jazz Project. The crescendo will be the Carson City Symphony performing 4:30 p.m.

While you don’t have to bring your own food, a low-backed chair or blanket to sit would be handy.

Stateline will see Douglas County’s only Fourth of July display, the annual Lights on the Lake, one of the top five displays in the nation, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.

The show is scheduled to begin 9:45 p.m. and is visible from all around the Lake.