Fourth of July fireworks and more today at Lake Tahoe |

Fourth of July fireworks and more today at Lake Tahoe

The fireworks won’t be the only booming that Lake Tahoe visitors will hear on this Independence Day. After the smoke clears, the celebration goes well into the night on the South Shore. Lights on the Lake, the South Shore’s Fourth of July fireworks show is one of the largest synchronized displays west of the Mississippi, and the American Pyrotechnics Association rates it among the top five displays in the nation. The show is a collaboration between creators Pyro Spectaculars Inc. and launchers Pyrodigital Consultants, and features a variety of patterns, lights, designs and shapes. The show, which synchronizes the blast-offs from a barge offshore to a soundtrack, begins around 9:45 p.m. KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490 will broadcast the music simultaneously. The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority recommends viewing the fireworks from Nevada Beach on Elks Point Road, Regan and El Dorado beaches near Lake Tahoe Action Worldwide Hindquarters, Bijou Community Park on the corner of Johnson and Al Tahoe boulevards, and Baldwin Beach off Emerald Bay Road. In addition, the Valhalla Arts & Music Festival will hold a holiday barbecue at Tallac Vista on Emerald Bay Road. Banjo player Gordy Ohliger and the Bayou Boys, an American zydeco band, provide the music. For more information, visit For those who want a unique ” or at least two-of-a-kind ” view of the fireworks, the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II paddlewheelers are cruising the lake on the night of the Fourth. The Tahoe Queen disembarks from the Ski Run Marina at 7 p.m. on a dinner-dance cruise that includes live music and a four-course meal. The Dixie leaves Zephyr Cove at 7:30 p.m. for a fireworks cruise. Thousands of visitors thronged Tahoe’s beaches and packed the restaurants and bars as temperatures soared toward 90 degrees last July 4. The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority dedicated the 2007 Lights on the Lake display to emergency personnel in the wake of the Angora fire. Last One Standing will play a free show at the Lakeside Inn & Casino, and South Shore musician Trey Stone plays at the Beacon on Jameson Beach Road. There will be an after-party with True Justice and Third Ave at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon, and local rockers American Made Disaster join the J.D.K.z and Coohands at the Tahoe Underground at the foot of Kingsbury Grade. Another South Shore rock group, Waiting for T.I.M. plays its Independence Day show at Elevation. Well into the night, VEX Nightclub’s resident DJ, Brian Rockwell, spins club hits until 4 a.m.

South Lake Tahoe fireworks fun on the Fourth of July

One of South Shore's biggest Fourth of July attractions is its 35th annual "Lights on the Lake" fireworks show, which takes place Monday, July 4, at 9:45 p.m. It is scheduled to last 25 minutes. "The show offers eye-popping light arrays that transform Tahoe's night sky into 25 minutes of dazzling technicolor bursts of multi-colored orbs, exploding stars, butterflies and smiley faces," according to a press release from Weidinger Public Relations. Accompanied by patriotic anthems and splashes of red, white and blue, the fireworks draw in thousands of visitors every year. Follow along with the program by tuning in to local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. "We expect a terrific show and a lot of people," Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority's Mike Frye said. "It'll be great Americana." LTVA is partnering with Zambelli Fireworks for this year's display. New to Tahoe, the East Coast-based company previously produced firework displays for Northern California spots like Monterey Bay and Capitola, according to Frye. "Zambelli shoots the largest water barge show in the United States in St. Louis, on 40 to 60 barges," Frye added. According to a news release, "Lights on the Lake" was featured in travel publications such as Travel + Leisure and Budget Travel, among others. Because of the event's popularity, LTVA suggests arriving on the beach early to claim a spot for the show. "Lights on the Lake is more than a holiday custom for us, it's a family tradition," said Nancy McDermid, chairwoman of sponsor Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority, in the release. "Every year we meet families whose parents brought them to Tahoe for the July 4 holiday and they are continuing the tradition, bringing their own kids and grandchildren. It's a show that brings memories that carry on and last a lifetime across multiple generations." Top spots to watch the fireworks shoot over South Shore include Nevada Beach, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Timber Cove Marina and El Dorado Beach. "When you think of fireworks over Lake Tahoe, people come from very far away to be here, and do so for years so they can see this show. It's spectacular to see fireworks blinking over the Sierras," Frye said. For more information, visit Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority's website at Tribune news editor Adam Jensen contributed to this article.

Fourth of July events on the South Shore

Whether you're relaxing in a lawn chair under the glow of the fireworks or dancing down at Tep's Villa Roma during their afterparty, there's a ton going on in South Lake Tahoe on the Fourth. Below is a list of events that will surely honor our country to the fullest. Lights on Tahoe South What: One of the top-rated fireworks shows in United States, South Lake Tahoe will shine under the spectacular pyrotechnics display. Where: South Shore, Lake Tahoe When: 9:45 p.m. Information: Fourth of July Parade What: Join legions of patriotic Americans, parading down Highway 50, to celebrate our independence. Where: Begin at Big 5 near the "Y", end at the American Legion When: Start at 10 a.m., end by 11 a.m. Jul 4 Information: Fourth of July Celebration Cruise What: Cruise the lake on the Tahoe Paradise Yacht. Treats and scenery are on the house. When: July 4 Where: Tahoe Paradise Yacht Cost: $89-$129 Reservations: 530-543-6191 Information: Fireworks Dinner Dance Cruise What: Jump on the Tahoe Queen for live entertainment, dinner and, of course, the evening's fireworks display. When: Boarding at 7 p.m., July 4 Where: Leave from Ski Run Marina Information: Fourth of July Celebration What: Enjoy a buffet and front-row seats to the fireworks at Edgewood's Fourth of July Celebration When: 7 p.m., July 4 Where: Edgewood Tahoe Information: Food, Fun, and Fireworks What: Featuring some of America's favorite dishes, Tahoe Beach Retreat and Lodge will host an outdoor dinner and offer guests access to the Timbercove Pier for fireworks viewing. Where: Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge When: 6:30 p.m., July 4 Information: Waiting for T.I.M. Reunion Show What: Rock your American face with these all-American rockers. The South Lake Tahoe jam band is getting back together for one night only. Where: Tep's Villa Roma, South Lake Tahoe When: 9 p.m., July 4 Cost: $10 Information:

Labor Day lights on the lake

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.

South Lake to celebrate Fourth of July

Whether it's watching fireworks light up the sky, waving to participants in the annual parade, sitting at a poker table and wishing for luck, or cleaning up when the shows all over, there's no doubt there will be plenty to do around the Fourth of July this year. And with Independence Day just around the corner, now may be a good time to start planning out your weekend. Here are a few South Shore events happening around the holiday: • The Lights on the Lake Fireworks display will return July 4 with the show scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. The show has been rated one of the top Fourth of July fireworks celebrations in the country and attracts more than 100,000 viewers each year. It also can be seen from a variety of places in the South Shore. Popular spots include Timber Cove Marina, El Dorado Beach, Nevada Beach, Bijou Community Park, the Tallac Historic Site and the beach at clec Edgewood-Tahoe. For a view from on top of the water, reservations also can be made with the Tahoe Queen, M.S. Dixie II or Bleu Wave Cruises. • The Fourth of July Parade will kick off its third year in South Lake Tahoe by celebrating American independence and honoring the country's veterans. Staging for the parade will take place in the Les Schwab Tires parking lot at 9 a.m. July 4. The event itself will start at 10 a.m. and move down Hwy 50 before ending at the American Legion Post 795. Branches of the Armed Forces will be represented in the caravan by active duty, reserve and veteran soldiers, as well as families of men and women who died serving their country. San Francisco police officer Jim Cunningham will be the honored guest in the parade. Cunningham was labeled a hero after rescuing people from a plane crash at SFO Airport last year. • The League to Save Lake Tahoe will host its annual Keep Tahoe Red, White & Blue Beach Cleanups at five locations throughout Lake Tahoe from 9 a.m. to noon July 5. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to join the effort from Tahoe City to Nevada Beach and South Shore. The League is partnering with several public agencies this year to ensure beaches are kept clean and beautiful, including the US Forest Service, Tahoe City Public Utility District, and City of South Lake Tahoe. The event takes place at Commons Beach, Tahoe City Taylor Creek, Kiva and Tallac Historic Site, South Shore Regan Beach, El Dorado Beach and Timber Cove, South Shore Nevada Beach, East Shore Zephyr Shoals, East Shore. Reusable bags and buckets will be provided. Volunteers are invited to bring reusable water bottles and gloves if available. All volunteers receive a raffle ticket for a prize and refreshments. To RSVP, email • The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority has launched an Adopt-a-Beach program and a new team, Team Fireworks, this year to contribute to cleanup efforts after the July 4 and Labor Day fireworks shows. Cleanup days with a focus on reducing the impact of the Fourth of July celebration will be held July 5 through July 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Beaches scheduled for cleaning are 4H Beach, Tahoe Shores, Nevada Beach and Round Hill Pines. Cleanup kits will be provided to volunteers at a first come, first serve basis at cleanup kit pickup sites, located at 3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe and 169 Hwy 50 in Stateline. Locals and tourists are welcome to participate. To reserve a beach, date and cleanup kit, call (530) 544-5050 ext. 223 or email Or, to report information on potential fireworks debris, call the hotline at (775) 410-0417.

Fireworks are illegal in South Lake Tahoe

On a typical Fourth of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined, according to the National Fire Protection Association. After experiencing a very mild winter, the area faces a dangerous wild land fire season, according to a press release from the city of South Lake Tahoe. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department has increased its vigilance in enforcing state and city fireworks laws to protect public health and safety. California has some of the country’s most-stringent fireworks laws. Virtually all fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed dangerous and are illegal anywhere in the state. South Lake Tahoe city ordinances also control firework issues. Discharging any type of fireworks, including Safe and Sane fireworks, is against the law in the city of South Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe police personnel will confiscate any fireworks and issue citations to violators, the release stated. Most fireworks violations are misdemeanors, punishable by a fine of not less than $500 and or a year in the El Dorado County Jail. Possession of larger fireworks may be prosecuted as a felony. In the event a fire occurs due to the unsafe use of fireworks, the responsible person will likely to face criminal charges and be held liable for damages.

Police: Fireworks not allowed in South Lake Tahoe

There are no fireworks allowed in South Lake Tahoe. That's the simple message from South Lake Tahoe Police who say they will vigilantly enforce fireworks laws to protect public health and safety because this area is particularly susceptible to dangerous wildfires. California has some of the country's most restrictive fireworks laws. Nearly all fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are defined as "dangerous" and illegal in the state. South Lake Tahoe municipal ordinances do not allow any fireworks, even those deemed "safe and sane" by California, within the city limits. The city's ban applies to fireworks as small and simple as sparklers, according to police. "There are no types of legal fireworks in the city of South Lake Tahoe," the department said. With the Fourth of July coming up and thousands of revelers expected to gather in the city, South Lake Tahoe Police said they will confiscate any fireworks and cite violators of the fireworks laws. Most violations are misdemeanors punishable by fines of $500 or more and up to one year in the county jail. Possession of larger fireworks may be prosecuted as a felony. If a fire occurs because of unsafe use of fireworks, the people responsible are likely to face criminal charges and be held liable for any damages, the police department said.

Fireworks are illegal in the Tahoe Basin

Ahead of a holiday that sees more fires nationwide than any other day of the year, Lake Tahoe Basin law-enforcement agencies have issued strong warnings against the use of fireworks this Fourth of July. “Discharging any type of fireworks, including ‘safe and sane’ fireworks, is against the law in the city of South Lake Tahoe,” according to a statement from South Lake Tahoe police. “This includes devices such as simple sparklers. There are no types of legal fireworks in the city of South Lake Tahoe.” Fireworks are illegal throughout the basin, and those found in violation of fireworks laws face fines as well as jail time, according to law enforcement officials.

‘Zero tolerance’

Tahoe residents and visitors take note: No fireworks, no campfires and, to a large extent, no outdoor smoking will be allowed this week over the Fourth of July holiday. And police and fire officials will be vigilant in looking for offenders, who may face fines and possible arrest. This week’s July 4 festivities will bring an estimated 100,000 tourists to the South Lake Tahoe area, and with them comes the worry that people from out of town won’t be sensitive to the hazardous burning conditions in the Lake Tahoe Basin — some of the worst in recent memory due to the driest winter in nearly three generations. After the Angora fire, which consumed 3,100 acres and 254 homes in the past week, South Lake Tahoe residents and fire officials alike are acutely aware of the danger and tragedy that a fire can wreak. Fire restrictions were tightened on Friday and will last through the remainder of fire season. One of the main concerns of fire officials in the coming week is that pastime so closely tied to July 4 — fireworks. According to local fire officials, each year South Lake Tahoe experiences several small nuisance fires due to the use of fireworks. This year, however, offers a very different situation, according to Ray Zachau, fire marshal and division chief of the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department. “This year, with the burning conditions that exist we’re not going to have a nuisance fire, most likely we’re going to have a big fire,” Zachau said. All fireworks in the Lake Tahoe Basin are illegal. The only fireworks that are going to be permitted are the fireworks over the lake put on by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority for the July 4 Lights on the Lake. Not all fireworks are created equal. In California, the penalties for illegal fireworks depend on the weight — or the grains — of powder contained in the firework, and vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. When you get over 50 grains of powder in a firework it becomes an illegal explosive rather than a dangerous firework. Using a dangerous firework is a misdemeanor penalty, whereas illegal explosives can be a felony. “Anything that goes ‘bang,’ basically, is a dangerous firework,” Zachau said. For those buying the fireworks found in the aisles of grocery stores, the penalty won’t be a misdemeanor, but you will find yourself facing a civil infraction, much like getting a speeding ticket, for using them in the Tahoe Basin. And depending on what local judge or court commissioner you end up in front of, according to Zachau, the fines can be hefty. “Especially over in California – judges take fireworks quite seriously,” Zachau said. The basin is currently under Red Flag fire conditions, which should persist at least through today, and firework use over the coming week is being considered an incredible threat by fire officials. “Even a discarded cigarette can start a fire at this point,” Zachau said. On June 29, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit issued fire restrictions for the area that are in effect through the end of the 2007 fire season. Along with the use of fireworks, other activities are prohibited, such as the building of any fire outside of fire rings provided in approved recreation sites, and smoking – except inside a vehicle or building, or while stopped and within an area of at least three feet in diameter that is free of flammable material. The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department will be working in conjunction with the South Lake Tahoe police over the July 4 holiday to stop, and if necessary arrest, people for using fireworks. “The bottom line is that it’s against the law,” said Leona Allen, communications supervisor for the South Lake Tahoe police and fire dispatch. “Knowing the sensitivity to fire in this community right now, people who possess fireworks might get arrested.” Whether to issue a warning, citation or make an arrest will be up to the officer(s) at the scene. Allen said in a telephone interview that there has been a sharp increase in South Lake Tahoe residents reporting other residents for fire violations, such as flicking cigarettes off of balconies, out of cars and for illegal burns. There will be an increased presence of both police and fire officials in the Tahoe Basin area during the coming week to help curb the threat of fires started by negligence, and so that if in fact there is a fire caused by fireworks, or any other negligent use of fire, they can execute a swift response. “We are going to exercise absolute zero tolerance on people and fireworks,” Zachau said.

Explosions in the sky: Fourth of July fireworks at Lake Tahoe and Truckee

Fourth of July is the biggest day of the year at Lake Tahoe, and for good reason. Lake Tahoe and Truckee host some of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations around. Many of the festivities are capped by displays of fireworks that leave audiences awe-struck and grinning. The fireworks shows begin July 3 at Kings Beach, with the bulk of the shows taking place on the holiday itself. Here's some options for fireworks displays as your celebrating a long weekend at Lake Tahoe. Kings Beach Kings Beach gets an early start on Independence Day with a beach party and fireworks display July 3. The party runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. The party includes plenty of free activities, while also serving as a fundraiser for the long-running fireworks show. "The event is open to all ages and will feature preferred seating, food vendors, a beer/wine and mixed drink garden, free watermelon eating, sand castle building and patriotic costume contests, free games, music, live entertainment, glow toys, souvenirs, all capped off by a dazzling fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.," according to a press release from the North Tahoe Business Association. Admission to the event is free. People are encouraged to walk, bike or use public transportation to get to North Tahoe Event Center and Kings Beach State Recreation for the party and approximately 15-minute fireworks display. For more information and a schedule of events, visit or call 530-546-9000. Donner Lake and Truckee The Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District will host at Fourth of July Celebration including fireworks at West End Beach at Donner Lake, near Truckee. The celebration itself is restricted to residents and homeowners of the district, but the fireworks will be visible around the lake. The display is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. July 4. "If you are not a resident in our district and unable to attend the beach festivities, you can still enjoy a fun day at Donner Lake on the docks, swimming, boating, fishing, and you can enjoy the fireworks from almost any location on or around the lake," according to a flier for the event. Just down the road, Truckee will also host its annual Fourth of July Parade during the day. The Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band, Truckee River Drill Team and Olympians Julia Mancuso, Travis Ganong and Tamara McKinney will all take part in the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District parking lot and travels through downtown Truckee. For more information on the parade, visit Incline Village Incline Village brings back its fireworks for a seventh year as part of a host of Red, White and Tahoe Blue activities. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. "The sky will light up with our biggest and brightest fireworks display yet thanks to your donations, sponsorships, community pride and volunteerism. Because of your support we were able to purchase our own barges for our community and this years show will be the first show on them," according to a description from organizers Red, White and Tahoe Blue. Although the fireworks will be visible from throughout the Incline area, Incline Village's beaches are private and only accessible to those with IVGID beach privileges and their guests. People without beach access may also purchase tickets to a Reno Philharmonic concert going on during the fireworks and watch the spectacle during the show from the Village Green. Adult tickets for the performance are available for $40 in advance and $55 on the day of the event. For more information visit South Shore Lights on the Lake, the largest of the fireworks shows at Lake Tahoe on the Fourth of July, takes place just off the South Shore and is scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. July 4. Nevada Beach, Timber Cover Marina, Bijou Community Park, the Tallac Historic Site, Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course and Lakeview Commons are all among the spots reccomended for watching the fireworks y Tahoe South. "Recognized by NBC's Today Show as one of the country's top Fourth of July weekend celebrations, Lights on the Lake Fireworks Show is a ritual that packs the shoreline with spectators. The best viewing spots are South Shore's sandy beaches and aboard boats including the M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen paddlewheelers or private vessels," according to a description on "The display features simultaneous music set to skyrockets on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490." For more information visit Tahoe City Tahoe City will host a full day of activities leading up to fireworks display on Lake Tahoe at 9:30 p.m. "From the Boatworks Mall to the Cobblestone Center to Gatekeeper¹s Museum and all points in between, Tahoe City offers visitors and residents a summer day like no other," according to teh Tahoe City Downtown Association. "Tahoe City's July Fourth Fun Zone, located in Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co.'s parking lot at 315 North Lake Boulevard, will included a dunk tank, bean bag toss, putting green and additional games. Penney the Clown will be on site, face painting and there will be live music performed by Kip Yager from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Join us in one of the most beautiful places on earth — Tahoe City — to celebrate Independence Day," said Stacie Lyans, Tahoe City Downtown Association's executive director, in a statement. "Enjoy convenient lake access, fabulous restaurants, great shops as well as hiking, paddling, cycling and all of the fun activities planned for the afternoon leading up to fireworks at dusk on Friday, July 4." For more information on the Tahoe City fireworks visit