Truckee's Annual 4th of July Parade!

Truckee's Annual 4th of July Parade!

June 10, 2024




Truckee Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that plans are underway for the Annual Truckee 4th of July Parade. This year’s theme is Throwback Thursday!

Being in the parade is fun! The Chamber is looking for businesses, clubs, associations, nonprofits, and individuals to make this the best parade yet. Get your group together and create a float that embodies what “Throwback Thursday means to you. 

Truckee’s July 4th parade begins at 10:00 a.m. at the west end of Donner Pass Road at Truckee High School and progresses 1-1/2 miles down the road into historic downtown Truckee. Spectators can expect a display of creativity and community spirit as the parade features a colorful array of floats, lively performances, and artistic expressions that reflect the unique character of Truckee. 

July 4th 2023 Truckee Parade

Pre-parade festivities start with the Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast put on by the Truckee Fire Protection District at Station 92 (11473 Donner Pass Road) from 7:00-10:00 a.m. The hearty breakfast of hot pancakes right off the griddle with butter and maple syrup is free, with donations appreciated – they go to Truckee Fire’s scholarship and other community programs.

July 4th 2023 Truckee Parade

After your pancakes, you can get in some cardio by participating in the Firecracker Mile Fun Run, an Auburn Ski Club Training Center fundraiser. This one-mile “gravity-fed” fun event is for all ages and abilities. The race starts at 9:45 a.m., just before the parade, at US Bank on Donner Pass Road and finishes downtown in front of the judges’ stage. All are welcome to run, jog, or take a quick or casual walk to the finish line. Participants are encouraged to wear festive attire and be ready to be cheered on by the crowds. 

After the Firecracker Mile, the Truckee 4th of July Parade begins! Plan out your spot early and prepare for a morning full of small-town traditions. Local businesses, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to join in the festivities by participating in the parade and showcasing their creativity and to celebrate the spirit of camaraderie that defines our town. This year’s parade theme is being determined by the community.

Last year we rolled out new special perks with Community Connections VIP seating at the Annual 4th of July Parade hosted by the Truckee Chamber, and we’re bringing it back! Starting at 9:00 a.m., you’ll have access to comfortable seating directly in front of the train station next to the judge’s stage. And we’ve got you covered with free coffee and tasty treats to keep you fueled up, and a shade tent. From this prime spot, you’ll get the best view of the parade, allowing you to experience all the excitement up close and personal. The cost is $20 per person. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity—there are only 20 seats available. Register here:

New this year, the Truckee Chamber is asking for volunteers to help at the Truckee 4th of July Parade. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Jessica Penman, president & CEO of the Truckee Chamber, at

Parade Participation: 

We are looking for businesses, clubs, associations, nonprofits and individuals to make this the best parade yet. Get your group together and create a float that embodies the spirit of 4th of July. Head to for the parade entry application. 

Trophies (and bragging rights) will be given for Best of Show, and a winner in each of our five classifications: Commercial (representing a business), Youth Group (18-years-old and younger), Classic Auto, Open (your group doesn’t fit into any other category), and NonProfit.

Parade Filming
Truckee Tahoe Media will be filming the parade and it will be live-streamed on their website at, broadcast on cable Channel 6 and 18, and available as video-on-demand after July 4th.

The Parade is produced by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Truckee and logistical support by Big Blue Adventure, LLC. For more information on getting involved in the 4th of July parade, contact the Truckee Chamber of Commerce at 530-587-8808 or e-mail We can’t wait to see you on the 4th!