A colorful parade in historic downtown Nevada City and the Sierra foothills’ largest aerial fireworks display top the 2018 Fourth of July celebration in Nevada County.
The parade will be Wednesday, July 4th at 11am which will include approx. 75 entries. The festive parade makes its way down Broad Street in downtown Nevada City. Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point.
The Nevada County Concert Band performs a curbside pre-parade concert an hour prior to the parade, and continues to provide intermittent music throughout the parade.
Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Live music and entertainment, craft fair, bounce houses, face painters , balloons, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m.
Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m.
Discounted tickets available: Tickets in advance are $10, at the gate $15. To purchase advance tickets online click here. Both Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers have tickets for sale at their locations. Grass Valley Chamber, 128 East Main Street, Grass Valley, 530.273.4667. Nevada City Chamber, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, 530.265-2692.
No alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks may be brought onto the fairgrounds.
Nevada City and Grass Valley are located at the 2,500-foot elevation, off state routes 49 and 20, a one-hour drive northeast of Sacramento. From the capital city (60 miles), take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north. From Marysville (35 miles) and the north valley, take eastbound Highway 20. From Reno (80 miles), take westbound I-80 and westbound Highway 20.
The Nevada County Fourth of July celebration is co-sponsored by the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association.
For information, call GV Chamber (530) 273-4667, (800) 655-4667 or NC Chamber (530) 265-2692, (800) 655-6569.