Fourth of July events happening in Reno-Sparks

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Updated: 7/04/2014 12:45 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- On Friday, many of us will be celebrating Independence Day by indulging in American food and enjoying festivities. If you're looking to celebrate in the Reno-Sparks area this Fourth of July, there are several events happening around town all weekend.

Crews set up all day Thursday for the Second annual Biggest Little City Wing Fest that starts Friday. The free event is all things American and will have some of the best chicken wings in the country. "There's nothing all-American than wings, so we chose chicken wings as our signature event, and it ties in well with the whole barbeque,” said Silver Legacy Special Events Manager Staci Johnson.

Organizers said the three-day event is a great way to kick off the holiday, and they expect more than 40,000 chicken-wing lovers all weekend. The event includes a wing-eating contest and street faire vendors, and it officially kicks off Friday at noon. "This is the best place to party, we have everything that anyone could want," said Johnson. "We have beer, we have mixed drinks, we have barbeque, as well as live music, it just doesn’t get much better."

The Nugget is also hosting their annual Star Spangled Sparks event. It will include live entertainment and several food and drink options. "We have the kids area that’s opening up mid-day and we have the vendors booth starting at 2 o’clock, for beverage, booths and food," said Nugget CEO Carlton Geer. The festival also includes our area's biggest fireworks show that will light up the sky Friday night.

Another Sparks event includes the Fourth annual Freedom Festival at Baldini's Casino. "We're going to be going from noon to 10 p.m. All the excitement in the world for the kids, we're going to have bounce houses, pool slides, bubble pools, trampolines, street fair vendors, live entertainment going nonstop all day long," said Baldini's Randy Wike.

Rail City Casino will also have a Fourth of July festival in its parking lot.

The Reno Police Department will also have extra law enforcement all weekend looking for drunk drivers. Officer Tim Broadway wants to remind us all to have fun, but do it responsibly. "It's upwards to $10,000 for your first DUI offense, plus the time off from work, all the classes you have to go to, trying to get your drivers license back, plus the increase of insurance costs.

If you plan on drinking Friday, AAA is offering their Tipsy Tow program. It's a free tow home, up to 10 miles. All you have to do is call (AAA-HELP), and tell the operator you need a tipsy tow. The service is from 6 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Saturday. You do not need to be a AAA member to get the service.

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