How to Do Fourth of July Right in Lake Tahoe
There's something special about watching Fourth of July fireworks over the water and mountains of Lake Tahoe. However, the lake on Independence Day can become a zoo of both boats and cars, so if you want to get to the lake for the weekend, here are the beaches where the fireworks are going to be. Pick your beach early and enjoy the explosions from a prime spot. Be sure to bring your own low chair and blanket and warm clothing for after dark.
Start the celebration early on July 3rd with a beach party and fireworks at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area on the North Shore. From 2 to 10 pm the beach will be home to live music, food, a beer garden and dunk tank, a watermelon eating contest and a sand castle building contest, and a patriotic costume contest. The fireworks will start at 9:30 pm.
The largest and most popular event, Star Spangled Fourth – Lights on the Lake, was recently recognized by NBC's Today show as one of the country's top Fourth of July celebrations. The American Pyrotechnics Association rates South Shore’s celebration of fire and light one of the top five displays in the nation. This year's show is scheduled for 9:45 and can viewed from several places around the lake: Nevada Beach, Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Bijou Community Park, the Tallac Historic Site and the beach in front of the Edgewood-Tahoe golf course.
On the 4th, the sky will be lit up with the Best Fireworks in the Country, sponsored by the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino and part of the Red, White & Tahoe Blue event. The show will launch from Incline Beach at around 9:30 pm. which will open to the public at 8 pm. The fireworks will be presented by Ken Lantis and his magnificent Lantis Fireworks crew. The event is free, but donations for future shows are encouraged.
Tahoe City will fire off fireworks from Commons Beach on the 4th at around 9 pm during their 66th Annual Independence Day Celebration. Tahoe City is also accepting donations for their community fireworks show.
Truckee's celebration starts at 10 am on the 4th with a historic Fourth of July parade that marches down Donner Pass Road into downtown. The fireworks will be at Donner Lake's West End Beach at 9 pm.
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