Downtown Sparks in the area of Victorian Square is a great place to gamble and take is some casino shows, but there is a lot more to the area than gaming. You can find restaurants, a museum, movie theaters, and an outdoor fountain the kids can run through and splash in to their heart’s content. It’s the home of many special events, too, like the Hometown Farmers’ Market and the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off, too.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget

John Ascuaga’s Nugget (called simply the “Nugget” by locals) is the largest hotel casino in downtown Sparks. The Nugget offers good hotel rooms, big-name entertainment, and some of the best casino food in town. The Steak House and the Rotisserie Buffet are favorites for locals, and the Coffee Shop always has lunch specials each day of the week.

Find the Nugget at:

1100 Nugget Avenue



Silver Club Hotel and Casino Update – 1/11/2009 The Silver Club is Officially Closed as of This Date.

The Silver Club is located just down the street from the Nugget, and it has a small buffet restaurant, gaming, and a hotel. It’s a favorite place for locals to gamble, because it’s smaller, more intimate, and the dealers are friendly.

Find the Silver Club Hotel and Casino at:

1040 Victorian Avenue



Victorian Penny Park

This is a small, slot machine only casino, with nearly a dozen penny slots for the low rollers. There’s also a restaurant inside this small casino.

Find the Victorian Penny Park at:

1114 Victorian Avenue



Other Attractions

The Century Theaters is located right off Victorian Avenue with plenty of parking. In front of the theaters you’ll find the run-through fountain, on every day during the summer, it’s a great place to cool off during those hot summer days. The theaters are located at 1250 Victorian Avenue, Sparks. 775-353-7440.

The Glendale Schoolhouse is the first school built in Sparks, and it has been moved to Victorian Square. Constructed in 1864, it actually pre-dates the city of Sparks. The Schoolhouse is located at Victorian Avenue and Pyramid Square, Sparks. 775-358-1976.

The Sparks Heritage Museum spotlights the railroad history that helped create the city of Sparks, but you’ll also discover displays on Native Americans, Mining, Ranching, and much more inside this historic museum. The museum is located at 820 Victorian Avenue,

Sparks. 775-355-1144.


Cantina Los Tres Hombres – Mexican food and a large bar area.

926 Victorian Avenue



Great Basin Brewing Company – Brew pub with great food and patio dining in the summertime.

846 Victorian Avenue



O’Ski’s Pub & Grille – Irish pub with good food, too.

840 Victorian Avenue



Pedros Famiglia Ristorante – Great little family-owned Italian place near the hotel casinos.

834 Victorian Avenue, Ste 200



Of course, you’ll find dining inside the Nugget and the Silver Club, too.

Downtown Sparks is a great place to visit for an hour or all day, and you’ll discover some hidden treasures among the casinos and shops, too.

4th of July Celebration in Sparks and Reno

4th of July is always a big holiday in Reno, and in 2022, it will be a big event. You can find fireworks and outdoor celebrations all around Northern Nevada, here are the major celebrations and where they’ll take place.

Virginia City

Up on the Comstock you can enjoy the Fourth of July Spectacular, which includes a parade and free concert (parade begins at Noon at the Fourth Ward School). David John and the Comstock Cowboys perform at the Delta Saloon parking lot at 6 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at 9 p.m., and it’s all free.

In the evening, head on over to Victorian Square. They’ll be entertainment, and the fireworks kick off at 9:30 p.m. For details, you can call 800-843-2427 for the Victorian Square events and (775) 358-1976 for the Sparks Marina activities.


For the first time in quite a while, the City of Reno is hosting a 4th of July Parade! The parade will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. along Virginia Street. It begins at Court Street and ends at 5th Street, and best of all, it’s free! You can find out more, or get a registration form to participate in the parade by calling 775-334-2414.

For fireworks in Reno, head out to Rancho San Rafael. The park is big enough to hold quite a few celebrants, but it’s still good to get there early to stake out your space. Views from hillsides surrounding the park make some nice alternatives to the crowds inside the park. Fireworks start at around 9:30 p.m.


For a little culture on your Independence Day, the MasterWorks Chorale performs ina concert, patriotic tunes like, “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and “The Patriot Hymn” from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Sunday at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. The concert is free.

Carson City

Website urges to celebrate the 4th for the entire weekend at Mills Park. You can enjoy carnival rides and games; arts, crafts, and food and drink vendors, or bring your own picnic. The fireworks are free on the 4th, and they start at around 9:15 p.m. To find out more details call 775-687-4680.

Lake Tahoe

Tahoe City Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration

Tahoe City celebrates the 4th at Commons Beach, located in downtown Tahoe City. It’s a good idea to get there early to find a spot on the beach. Take a picnic, enjoy the beautiful view, and get ready for the fireworks that start at 9:30 p.m.

Truckee (Donner Lake) Fireworks

This is another great spot to enjoy the fireworks, the reflections in Donner Lake can be quite beautiful. Again, it’s a good idea to get to the lake early, so you’re sure to have a spot on the beach. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

South Shore, Lights on the Lake

This is a must if you love big fireworks extravaganzas. South Lake presents the largest synchronized fireworks display west of the Mississippi River. There are several great viewing spots along the lake in South Lake Tahoe, and many of the hotels right on the lake make good vantage points, too. A lot of the locals like to take their boats out on the lake for a view of the fireworks from the water, so watch out, it can get congested out there when the fireworks end. The South Lake Tahoe fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m.


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