4th of July in Truckee

Truckee has become a 4th of July tradition for me and my family.  It can be really crowded (well actually, it just plain is really crowded) so we don’t do the normal activities, but have our own 4th of July traditions here in this mountain town.  One of them is the 4th of July Parade that follows Donner Pass Road at 10:00am on 4th of July.

If you are going to be here for 4th of July, you should go to the Truckee 4th of July Parade.  The parade is your typical small town parade full of floats, cars and people.  It isn’t the Rose Parade but if you come to the parade knowing that it is about the experience, then you will have a great time.

Here are some tips:

1.  The parade starts at 10am, but you need to be there by 9am or you won’t have a spot – or even be able to find parking.

2.  There is a pancake breakfast put on by the Fire Department, come even earlier if you want to enjoy that event!

3.  The parade is not well timed and tends to spread out as they move from the high school area of Donner Pass Road to the end of old downtown Truckee. Because of this, you will be happiest watching the parade at the beginning, unless you plan on hanging out downtown for quite a while.  My experience has been that it can take an hour longer if you are near the end of the parade route.

4.  Use the restrooms before you leave for the parade.

5.  Bring chairs, sunscreen and some sun shade.  You may also want to bring water and snacks.

6.  The parade throws out candy, so your kids will want a bag (it isn’t a lot of candy)

7.  The parade regularly sprays people with water, FYI.

8.  Know that you are going into mayhem and just go with it.

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