Kings Beach will again get into the Independence Day spirit early with its annual July 3 fireworks celebration and beach party.
The happenings start at 4 p.m. outside the North Tahoe Event Center at 8318 North Lake Blvd. and conclude with a 15-minute fireworks display over Lake Tahoe.
“We try to make it fun and all inclusive,” said Joy Doyle, executive director of the North Tahoe Business Association, of the more than 35-year-old celebration. “It’s just one of the best beaches in Tahoe.”
The event is open to all ages and features food vendors, a beer/wine/mixed drink garden, free watermelon eating, sand-castle building, a patriotic-costume contest, games, music and live entertainment.
“Beach Party entrance is free and will take place outside of the North Tahoe Event Center with a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe and the fireworks can be viewed anywhere from Kings Beach State Recreation Area, one of the most popular and best beaches around the lake,” according to a press release for the event.
Thousands of visitors attended the show each year.
“It’s just a lot of fun,” she added.
Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.
“This is absolutely 100 percent open to the public and free of charge to participate in anything,” Doyle said.
Due to limited parking, people are encouraged to ride a bike or take public transportation to the event. Information on public transportation options is available at www.laketahoetransit.com. Drivers should allow 15-30 minutes for parking and getting to the beach ahead of the fireworks, Doyle said.
Preferred seating for the display, for $12, is likely to sell out prior to the event. Those who purchase the seating can secure seats starting at 4 p.m. and will have access to indoor restrooms at the North Tahoe Event Center.
The days festivities act as a fundraiser for the fireworks show, which costs approximately $1000 per minute.
“To offset the high cost, North Tahoe Business Association puts on a Beach Party as a fundraiser and invites everyone to attend and support the fireworks at this fun, community celebration,” Doyle said in the press release.
Volunteers are also needed to help with checking IDs, taking tickets, security, selling merchandise, collecting donations and breakdown. Volunteers are asked to work a four-hour shift and will receive a free drink coupon redeemable at Music on the Beach in Kings Beach.
For more information visit www.northtahoebusiness.org or call 530-546-9000.