No matter where you are at Lake Tahoe this weekend, there will be plenty to do. Just head toward the lake. With Independence Day falling on a Sunday, the basin will be exploding with fun. Here's a quick look at some of the highlight with special emphasis on fireworks shows:
"Lights on the Lake"
More than 100,000 are expected to watch the Independence Day fireworks show "Lights on the Lake," which received national media exposure in USA Today, Travel & Leisure and ForbesTraveler.com as one of the nation's top Fourth of July weekend festivities.
The display includes memories for a lifetime: the magnificent backdrop of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada; the mountain air and scent of pines; a billion stars visible in the clear sky; kids in wide-eyed wonderment; and goose bumps with the traditional close of "American the Beautiful."
Holiday weekend visitors can expect the fireworks show to explode into unusual and whimsical shapes such as jellyfish, stars, butterflies, and smiley faces around 9:45 p.m. This annual family tradition is choreographed to music and broadcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. "Lights on the Lake" is sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.
KTHO airs beach concert
KTHO, 590 AM and 96.1 FM, has moved into the Ski Run Marina just in time for the Indpendence Day celebration. It will broadcast from the beach from noon until the fireworks show, including a live concert by the Trey Stone Band. Stone is a longtime Tahoe guitarist and former member of Tower of Power. He also has a soul music show on KTHO.
South Shore fireworks viewing areas
- South Lake Tahoe's two paddle wheelers, the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II, offer dining and viewing packages.
- Nevada Beach State Park has a soft, sandy shoreline equipped with barbecues and picnic tables.
- Regan and El Dorado Beaches offer front row seating that fills up fast
- Bijou Community Park is set back from the shoreline and boasts many amenities such as a skate park, disc golf course, dog park, golf course, and playground to keep the whole family entertained while holding your ideal viewing spot.
- The Tallac Historic Site, off Emerald Bay Road, has an east-view perspective with nearby Baldwin Beach and its picnic tables.
- For the more adventurous, hike to the top of Mount Tallac for a bird's eye view of the fireworks extravaganza, but don't forget your headlamp for the trek back down.
- A Fourth of July favorite is Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course's Fourth of July Celebration. This setting offers front-and-center viewing of Lights on the Lake from Edgewood's private beach and an all-you-can-eat buffet www. edgewoodtahoe.com.
North Lake Tahoe plays host to a number of independence events and celebrations, which begin Friday, July 2. Incline Village pulls out all the stops with a multi-day celebration and fireworks, called Red, White and Tahoe Blue. Both Kings Beach and Tahoe City have fireworks, July 3 and July 4, respectively, with Truckee hosting a Firecracker Mile fun run July 4.
The North Tahoe Event Centeris the spot beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 3, of the Kings Beach Deck Party and Fireworks.
Red, White and Tahoe Blue began four years ago after Michael Milkin's decade-long run of free private fireworks shows. Incline Village and Ski Beach will have day and night activities Friday through Sunday with continuous bands and barbecues. The Red, White & Tahoe Blue Kids Bike Parade starts at the Grog & Grist at 8:45 and ends at Incline Middle School.
Its fireworks show is Sunday night.
"Whatever we raise, we give net proceeds back to the community," said Jim Smith, the event's president.
A detailed schedule of event is on the Web site www.redwhiteandtahoeblue.com.
Before the sun goes down for the 64th Tahoe City fireworks show Sunday, there will be a free concert at Commons Beach with Subjektochange, a rising jam and funk band from North Shore (see story on calendar page).
The free Squaw Valley 4th of July Fine Arts & Crafts Festival is Friday through Sunday, starting each day at 10 a.m.
Because of the late snowfall, Kirkwood will have a rare summertime fireworks show July 3.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort will run Chairs 1 and 2 Friday through Sunday for skiing and mountain biking and hiking.
The annual volunteer fire department barbecue is Saturday. The Kingtones perform from 5-9 p.m., followed by the fireworks show.
On Independence Day Chair 6 is open form 10-2 p.m. The Avalance Cup will be on the line for the Thunder Saddle ski race.
The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department would like to remind you the sale, possession or discharge of all fireworks including Safe and Sane are prohibited in all portions of El Dorado County. Even though the Lake Tahoe Basin experienced significant precipitation over the winter, the chances of a damaging wildland fire from illegal fireworks is extreme. Remember that you can be cited for using fireworks in El Dorado County and you can also be held liable for the cost of fighting any fires that you or your children start.