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In The News – The return of fireworks

May 15, 2024 | Member Submitted

What inspired Red, White & Tahoe Blue II to try and bring back Fourth of July fireworks this year in Incline Village?

Originally published in Moonshine Ink 05/09/2024, Submitted by Red, White, & Tahoe Blue II

The inspiration to revive the Fourth of July fireworks in Incline Village was a community-driven effort. In September 2023, Shelia Leijon, [Incline Village General Improvement District] parks and recreation director and a former colleague on the original Red, White & Tahoe Blue nonprofit, reached out to Jim Smith, the former chairman from 2007 to 2015. She encouraged Jim to “bring back the fun and fireworks we used to have.” Motivated by this call to action and the overwhelming community support evident from a Flashvote survey in July 2023, where 62.7% of respondents identified fireworks as the most important feature for our Independence Day celebrations, our team was reassembled. This revival was warmly supported by all five IVGID trustees, leading to the establishment of our new nonprofit, Red, White & Tahoe Blue II.

Bringing back the fireworks is not just about lighting up the sky; it’s about reigniting a sense of community pride and participation in a tradition that has historically brought joy and unity to Incline Village. We are committed to ensuring that this tradition continues for the foreseeable future with the support and generosity of our community members and stakeholders.


Photo Credit: Unsplash – Bryan Dickerson

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