Labor Day lights on the lake
August 31, 2012
Both Labor Day and Fourth of July have become traditional days of celebration in the basin, with the Fourth signifying the beginning of high season and Labor Day marking the end.
Lake Tahoe will celebrate its second weekend of pride and patriotism with the Labor Day Fireworks Extravaganza on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Pyrotechnicians set up two barges, which will be located close to the shoreline on the California side of Stateline and present a show with a variety of shapes and colorful designs.
The 17-minute pyrotechnic show is created by Pyro Spectaculars Inc., based in Rialto, Calif., the same company that designed Fourth of July fireworks in Zephyr Cove, the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge and New York City’s annual Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular.
“As far as I know, this will be the only (fireworks) show at the lake,” said Mike Frye, sales and events manager at Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.
The show will feature a music broadcast that can be heard on local stations KRLT 93.9 and KOWL 1490.
“The only difference to the Fourth of July fireworks will be that it starts a little bit earlier and the show will be a tiny bit shorter,” Weidinger Public Relations account executive Jennifer Boyd said.
Also the synchronized music will give the show a different character.
The fireworks are visible from all over town, but it can be ideally viewed from Nevada Beach, Edgewood Tahoe or on a boat, Frye said.
“It depends how close you want to watch the fireworks,” he said.
The Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II offer tours to view the light show from the water. Both feature live entertainment and offer food and drinks.
According to Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, other good spots to watch the shown will be Timber Cove Marina, Lakeview Commons or El Dorado Beach, Bijou Community Park, The Tallac Historic Site off Emerald Bay Road, which has an east-view perspective with nearby Baldwin Beach. For a a bird’s-eye view, the top of Mount Tallac offers unique views of the fireworks extravaganza.