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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Patriotism, partying and pyrotechnics in Nevada

From boat regattas to steam train rides to breathtaking fireworks, Nevada offers plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day. From Lake Tahoe to Boulder City, there are unique celebrations from one end of the state to the other. 
Plan ahead for the festivities, whether they include a big-city blowout or they involve a charming rural festival.
  • Las Vegas fireworks: Station Casinos properties again will offer a city-wide pyrotechnics display, with fireworks going off at five Station Casino properties: Aliante Station, Green Valley Ranch resort, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station and Red Rock Resort. 
  • Star Spangled Sparks: This perennial event in Sparks includes a day of festivities at the Sparks Marina, followed by a rousing fireworks show in nearby Victorian Square. Events start at dawn, with free hot-air balloon rides. 
  • Steam train rides in Ely: It may be a small town just off the old Pony Express route, but Ely does holidays with a bang. Wake up early for a breakfast hosted by White Pine County, followed by a traditional parade at 11 a.m. and children’s games in Ely’s Broadbent Park. For a novel view of fireworks, head for the Nevada Northern Railway, where a historic steam train heads up Robinson Canyon. 
  • Elko fireworks: The annual fireworks show coordinated by Nevada Assemblyman John Ellison and sponsored by Ellison Electric and other community groups is the highlight of Independence Day in Cowboy Country. 
  • Virginia City sticks with tradition: The historic mining town digs deep into tradition this year, offering classic July 4 fireworks and entertainment. 

    For more information about top events in Nevada take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Nevada.  
    For more information on this and other summer fun in Nevada, visit www.TravelNevada.com