Storms threaten Northern Nevada Fourth of July activities |

Storms threaten Northern Nevada Fourth of July activities

Fireworks shows

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Lights on the Lake in Stateline

RSVP Carnival in Carson City

Miner’s Park in Virginia City

Commons Beach at Tahoe City

Incline Beach in Incline Village

Bridgeport Airport in Bridgeport


The Nevada State Railroad Museum’s Fourth of July celebration Friday through Sunday offers a parade of trains, featuring the Inyo, No. 25 and the McKeen car, at 9 a.m. each morning. Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum and Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery will host a silent auction on Saturday. Warren Engine Co. will sell refreshments at the depot each day. Wristbands for $15 include admission to the museum and unlimited rides on the McKeen car and steam train on the day of purchase. For more information, call 775-687-6953, or email

RSVP’s annual carnival with food, rides and games for all ages through Sunday in Mills Park, where Jake Armer and the Hot Dogs will perform from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Live radio remote on Magic 95.5 FM begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday and leads up to a broadcast of patriotic music to coordinate with the fireworks display at dusk. For more information, go to, or contact Tannis Causey at or 775-687-4680 ext., 110.

Virginia City’s Fourth of July celebration includes a parade, raffle, auction, live music, food, vendors and fireworks. The parade starts at noon from the south at the Fourth Ward School. The Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment concert will be at 6 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Bucket of Blood Saloon. Fireworks start after dark at Miner’s Park at Carson and F streets.

Celebrate Independence Day the old fashioned way with traditional games, homemade toys and crafts, and sweet treats from the 1800s at Fort Churchill State Historic Park’s celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Activities for all ages include sack races, three-legged races, ring toss, bean bag toss, watermelon seed spitting contest, and hand-cranked ice cream. The event is at the Orchard day use area, about 9 miles south of the Highway 95A/Highway 50 intersection on Highway 95A. The cost to enter the park is $7 per vehicle; Nevada residents receive a $2 discount.

The Carson Valley Pops Orchestra is bringing back its traditional Fourth of July concert in the park at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Heritage Park in Gardnerville, immediately following the Gardnerville Fun Run. The Pops Orchestra will be joined by the Voices of the Sierra Choir, led by Rodger Banes. Attendees are welcome to bring picnics and blankets and lawn chairs.

Genoa’s Americana Fourth of July celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mormon Station State Historic Park. The event kicks off with a children’s parade and musical performances by five local musicians and country and bluegrass bands. The performances conclude with a concert by Carson City Symphony. Genoa Volunteer Fire Department will be serving up chicken barbecue plates for $12 each from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Scattered thunderstorms may rain on the Fourth of July parades happening around the region.

The Reno National Weather Service said to expect scattered thunderstorms through the holiday weekend with the highest risk between 2-9 p.m.

Scott McGuire of the Weather Service said temperatures will be a high of upper 90s to lows of mid 60s through Sunday with heavy rain. He said that this creates a potential for an abundance of lighting and high winds up to 50 mph. The lighting possess a big risk and McGuire advises everyone to head indoors if they see lighting or hear thunder.

“A lot of people will be camping or boating for the holiday weekend and they need to be mindful,” McGuire said. “There is no place safe outside, if you see or hear a storm go inside.”

The storms will bring an increase in moisture in the atmosphere and that will create torrential downpours that brings a possibility of local flash flooding.

For patrons at the Mills Park celebration in Carson City, the wind may be the factor that postpones the firework display, Tannis Causey of RSVP said that the display will most likely happen rain or shine but if it is too windy then the display will be called off.

If there is a rain delay they will postpone the fireworks to Sunday, where they will have fireworks with a simultaneous music presentation.