Truckee and North Lake Tahoe officials have canceled the annual Fourth of July fireworks shows in Donner Lake, Truckee and the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
Canceled events include the Fourth of July parade, the Firecracker Mile in Truckee and any others that take place through the Fourth of July in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.
Concerts at Commons Beach in Tahoe City, held every Sunday in the summer, and Kings Beach, held every Friday, will also be cancelled through the Fourth of July. Events later in the summer are still planned as of Tuesday.
“We know these events are a long-standing tradition and are important to celebrate. They impact our local businesses and support our tourism economy through the many people that visit our area over the 4th of July weekend,” Lynn Saunders, President and CEO Truckee Chamber of Commerce, said in a press release. “This decision was not easy. We look forward to the day when we will be able to safely come together for these fun community events.”
Uncertainty around California’s timeline to allow large public gatherings contributed to the decision.
The need to implement appropriate safety measures for large-scale events, while also ensuring physical distancing options for participants, were also contributing factors.
Truckee and Placer County officials said large events take significant planning and safety checks.
The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Firework coalition last month cancelled the July 4 fireworks show.
Sparks and at South Lake Tahoe have not yet made an announcement on their events.
A spokesman for the Sparks Nugget said they are waiting recommendations from government authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control.
The Reno Aces still have the July 4 fireworks show planned, as well as all of their other fireworks shows throughout the season.
“The big unknown is whether or not we’ll be able to host events by that date,” team president Eric Edelstein said. “If we can, we would certainly plan on delivering the best fireworks show in Northern Nevada.”
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