Squaw Valley, CA
Start your Independence Day celebrations a day early at Squaw Valley High Camp. Enjoy live music by the pool with "The Beer Gardeners" from 2-5 p.m. on July 3.
The Fourth of July features "The Nomads" by the pool from 3-7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and the High Camp decks offer the best viewing. The fireworks will not be visible from the parking lot as in previous years.
The cable car opens at 9:40 a.m. and the last upload is 9 p.m. A lift ticket to high camp, not including pool use or ice skating, costs $14 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Evening prices begin at 5 p.m. costing $6 for adults and $5 for children.
Avoid large lines at the cable car by walking down the Summer Road following the fireworks, and don't forget to bring along flashlights to help navigate the road.
(800) 367-6572 (Visitor's Bureau)
Start this long holiday weekend right with a marathon on July 1. Then peruse some beautiful artwork at the Fine Arts Fair, lasting from July 1-4.
July 2 comes alive with the Mammoth Mountain Summer Luau, spotlighting "The Blue Hawaiians" and "The Eliminators." The Luau lasts from 5:30-10 p.m. and features a Hawaiian BBQ, alcoholic and non-alcoholic luau drinks, dancing, and an Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Contest awarding free season ski passes.
July 4 starts with a pancake breakfast, a 10:30 a.m. parade, and ends at dusk with a fireworks show at Crowley Lake costing is $15 per vehicle.