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Labor Day Lake Tahoe fireworks will go on

The Labor Day fireworks show will go on in September. The South Lake Tahoe Tourism Improvement District voted on Friday to fund the $65,000 needed to keep the show. “You can put that back on your calendars,” said Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Executive Director Carol Chaplin. The LTVA and the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority ” which allocates money for the American CenturyChampionship golf tournament and the July 4 fireworks ” usually pay for the Labor Day fireworks, but because of budget constraints, the fireworks went unfunded. The TID used contingency funds to keep the fireworks going, said Jerry Bindel, TID board chairman. “We’re doing this to keep people employed, and attract visitors to drive up here,” Bindel said. The South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association also unanimously approved the effort to fund the fireworks on Thursday, Bindel said. The Labor Day fireworks are one of the biggest events for the lodging community, Bindel said. It falls short of the July 4 fireworks and the celebrity golf tournament. Bindel said the plan is to market the Labor Day fireworks to draw more visitors up to the lake, and to create a weekend event to entice people to stay for three nights. The LTVA had gone to the city in April to ask for $60,000 to keep the Labor Day fireworks. The city council voted to give the LTVA $15,000 ” $10,000 for the Lake in the Sky Air Show and $5,000 for the Masters Track Meet, but nothing for the fireworks. The TID is also trying to acquire more marketing funds. Bindel said the TID Board unanimously approved an increase in fees that lodging properties will charge to their guests, and would like to bring the issue before the City Council for final approval. The fee increase would provide more money to market the area to tourists. The fees would increase from $2 to $3 a night for hotel and motels, and from $3 to $4.50 per night for vacation rentals. Bindel said the increase would take effect by the fall. Other summer events coming up include the Masters Track Meet, an event at the end of May for people older than 30 ; geocaching, high-tech treasure hunt with GPS devices in June; and the Lake Tahoe Marathon in September. The LTVA will not host a summer kickoff this year because of its small budget. Last year’s summer kickoff was a mid-June street festival on Highway 50 in the casino corridor.

South Lake Tahoe hosts Labor Day weekend fireworks show Sunday, Sept. 6

Fireworks will set the sky ablaze in a shower of color on Sunday night, Sept. 6, above South Tahoe. The 20-minute show starts at 8:30 p.m. South Shore's Labor Day fireworks celebration welcomes the explosive return of Fireworks by Grucci, America's self-styled "First Family of Fireworks." Grucci also engineered and orchestrated the area's Fourth of July fireworks earlier this summer. Grucci set the Guinness world record for "Largest Fireworks Display during the 2013 New Year's Eve celebration in Dubai. The company also netted a record for "largest pyrotechnic image" when it engineered a 600-foot-high by 900-foot-wide portrayal of the American flag during the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner in Baltimore in October 2014. Fireworks will be set off from two barges on Lake Tahoe near Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline. Music, which will reflect the American spirit, can be heard by tuning in to KRLT 93.9 FM. VIEWING LOCATIONS Spectators have plenty of viewing options for the South Shore's fireworks Sunday — on the lake or from the beach. Private boats are welcome, along with cruise charters on the M.S. Dixie II or Tahoe Queen paddlewheeler boats. Tickets are available for both the Dixie and Tahoe Queen — $155 for adults and $75 for children. The price includes meals, drinks and dancing. More information can be found online at http://www.zephyrcove.com. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course offers a front-and-center view of the Labor Day fireworks show as well. Spectators may enjoy Brooks Bar & Deck, along with a full-course meal. Seating will be reserved for this year's show. Tickets cost $135 for inside and on the side deck, and $160 for the main deck. More information is available on like at: http://www.edgewoodtahoe.com/events/2015-labor-day-fireworks. Plenty of family friendly options additionally exist from the beach for little to no cost. Nevada Beach tends to be the locals' favorite option. Parking fills up fast, so walking and cycling is encouraged. Only personal gas grills are allowed, aside from barbecue pits at the beach site. The beach provides hiking and biking activities. While a little further from the action, Regan Beach, Lakeview Commons and El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe offer free family-friendly options, too. Bijou Community Park, off Al Tahoe Boulevard, provides another option for viewing the show away from crowds. For the truly adventurous, and prepared, watching the fireworks from the top of Mount Tallac is an unforgettable experience. Safety Consumer fireworks are forbidden in the Lake Tahoe Basin due to high wildfire risk. For more information on South Shore's Labor Day fireworks, visit http://www.tahoesouth.com/events/labor-day-weekend-fireworks-extravaganza. Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District will oversee safety measures at this year's show, including an immediate cleanup of the water following the fireworks, according to Fire Marshal Eric Guevin. The Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority and volunteers, including the League to Save Lake Tahoe, will clean beaches for at least five days after the Labor Day show. Douglas County Sheriff's Office will enforce a perimeter around the barges, with buoys and boats to prevent access by people in private crafts watching from the lake. Guevin recommends that people stay out the area to ensure a smooth cleanup operation. Commercial fireworks look like a round cardboard ball, but can pose a danger if handled. Anyone who finds unexploded fireworks should call 9-1-1; don't touch it and keep others away from the site.

Fireworks displays at both shores of Lake Tahoe’s Labor Day

Fireworks enthusiasts have a couple of options to choose from at Lake Tahoe this Labor Day weekend. The South Shore will host its annual Labor Day fireworks display, and a more freshly minted display will also take place in Carnelian Bay at Lake Tahoe's North Shore. Gar Woods Grill & Pier and The Monte Foundation will host their second annual Fireworks Spectacular just off the Gar Woods pier Sunday night. The approximately 25-minute display is expected to start around 8:15 p.m., said Kimberly Moore, marketing director for Gar Woods. The nearby beach and the pier itself probably provide the best places to view the fireworks, Moore said. Gar Woods' Labor Day fireworks began in 2013 as an event to raise money for North Shore sports programs. Last year the event raised more than $14,000. At South Shore, an annual Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. "The pyrotechnic show is approximately 18 minutes and is simultaneous musical broadcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490," according to a press release from organizers. "There are multiple places that seem to be the best viewing grounds for the show: Nevada Beach, Timber Cove, Edgewood Tahoe, or the popular Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach. Boarding a boat, such as Tahoe Queen or M.S. Dixie II, private cruise on Lake Tahoe Boat Rides offers great vantage points." Slightly more off-the-beaten-path spots to view the fireworks include the Tallac Historic Site west of Camp Richardson or Bijou Community Park, off Al Tahoe Boulevard, in South Lake Tahoe.

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.

Fireworks show Sunday

Lake Tahoe is closing out the summer season with a bang – lots of bangs. A Labor Day Weekend fireworks display will take place on Sunday, Sept. 6. South Lake Tahoe is one of the only West Coast resort destinations to provide a Labor Day Weekend fireworks show. Launched from an offshore barge, the display will ignite the Alpine sky at about 8:30 p.m. The fireworks explode into various designs, shapes and colors and are visible throughout town. Numerous vantage points include the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II paddle wheelers, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, along with Regan, El Dorado and Nevada beaches. A simultaneous broadcast of music will be featured on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490 Lake Tahoe.

Annual Labor Day fireworks show held on South Shore

Celebrate Labor Day with a bang — the annual Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza show lights up South Shore on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 8:30 p.m. With pyrotechnics, music and good company, the event is one you'll want to catch this weekend. Local radio stations 93.9 FM-KRLT and 1490 AM-KOWL will broadcast music that corresponds to the dazzling lights, so tune in for the ultimate experience. The 20-minute show is presented by Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority and Zambelli Fireworks, the company that put on this year's July 4 "Lights on the Lake" show. Where to watch The best places to watch the Labor Day fireworks extravaganza are all close to the water. "The [big] spot is Nevada Beach. You're front and center for the show. If you want to drive in it's like $8 a carload — it's not expensive. It's a deal," said Mike Frye, event and international media relations manager at Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. Other top spots include Edgewood-Tahoe, watching from the water on the M.S. Dixie II and free beaches El Dorado Beach and Reagan Beach. "Those are good places to watch too. But from a standpoint of wanting the show to be right there and big, Nevada Beach is pretty cool," Frye added. What you should know Even though the fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m., arrive early to claim your place. "It takes a little preparation because beaches get crowded. The best thing to do is get there relatively early and get your plot of sand staked out so that you know where you're going to be and you know you'll have good visibility," Frye said. "If you wait until the last minute, you're not going to get any space. A lot of people who are experts at this make a day of it. You take your lunch, your cooler, you got your family and your dinner." The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and lasts 20 minutes, so bring your kids! What's new Zambelli Fireworks, who shot South Shore's July 4 show for the first time on July 4, is returning to shoot the Labor Day show. "This show is a smaller show, so we don't know what to expect, but this company has shown us they care about the lake. They're the first company where the guy has walked the beaches with us three days after to clean. We've never had that happen before," Frye said. Known for shooting big fireworks and using clean products, Zambelli's production of the Annual Labor Day Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza is one you won't want to miss.

Sunday’s fireworks could be the last for Labor Day

Make sure to grab a spot to watch the Labor Day Fireworks Extravaganza, because this could be the last show. The contract with Pyro Spectaculars Inc. expires this year and will be up for review. John Packer, Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority chairman, said the fireworks originated from the Labor Day Lake Tahoe event that used to occur during the late 1990s. To celebrate the holiday, the South Shore hosted a fishing derby, paddlewheel races and a fireworks show to entice visitors to the lake. The only Labor Day activity that remains from the event is the fireworks, so the TDVA and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority are evaluating the show’s effectiveness to boost occupied room rates, Packer said. The TDVA contributes funds to the LTVA for fireworks shows, such as the July 4 pyrotechnic display. LTVA Executive Director Carol Chaplin said all factors should be considered when reviewing the fireworks, such as room rates and how it enhances the visitors’ experience. Because the contract expires this year, it’s timely to evaluate the budget. School schedules represent one reason it’s difficult to attract overnight stays during the holiday weekend. Between Douglas and El Dorado counties, schools begin on three different dates, with the Douglas schools starting before Labor Day. And it’s not just at the lake – Fallon students were back in school by mid-August, Chaplin said. “We used to target the soft Labor Day weekend, but school schedules make it tough,” Chaplin said. “It makes the whole month soft.” Despite the soft weekend, fireworks will light up the sky Sunday night. The Labor Day Fireworks Extravaganza begins at 8:30 p.m. Sunday and is choreographed to a simultaneous musical broadcast that can be heard on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. Here are a few of the best vantage points: Nevada Beach: Located about two miles east of the Nevada casinos on Elk Point Road. Regan and El Dorado beaches: Located right where Highway 50 meets the lake. Bijou Community Park: Set back from the shoreline on the corner of Johnson and Al Tahoe boulevards. Baldwin Beach: Located about 5 miles down Emerald Bay Road and backed by the Tallac Historic Site. Tallac Historic Site: The Valhalla Arts & Music Festival will host a holiday barbecue at Tallac Vista off Emerald Bay Road. For more information, log onto http://www.valhalla-tallac.com. The Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II: South Shore’s paddlewheelers offer views of the light show from the water. The Tahoe Queen has a Dinner Dance Cruise, and the M.S. Dixie II has a Fireworks Cruise. Both feature live entertainment. For more information, check out http://www.laketahoecruises.com.

Looking ahead to Labor Day

The upcoming Labor Day weekend promises a hot lineup and warmer temperatures than last year. Last year’s high temperatures didn’t top 60 degrees, chilling participants in the Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race, fireworks show, Big Ol’ Fishing Derby and Harveys rooftop party. This year brings a different story. Temperatures for the lake are supposed to hover closer to normal, with the highs topping 75 degrees, said Kelly Redmond, Western Regional Climate Center climatologist. “Labor Day is historically one of our biggest weekends,” said Terry LeBan, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority executive director. Part of the attraction is the famous sternwheeler race between the M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen, set for Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. The following night, the focus turns to a fireworks show billed as the largest on the West Coast. “Put it this way, we’ll use 25 percent more fireworks for Labor Day Lake Tahoe than was used for the Golden Gate Bridge’s 50th anniversary celebration,” said John Dicks of Explosive Technology. Look for a full schedule of next weekend’s festivities in the Aug. 31 edition of the Tribune.

Fireworks likely to take place tonight

Weather permitting, there should be fireworks in the air tonight. That’s the word from the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority after it made a decision early Sunday to postpone the show set for Sunday night because of dangerous wind conditions. If the weather remains calm enough, the Labor Day Fireworks Extravaganza will take place at 8:30 p.m. today, officials said. Music that is coordinated with the show will be simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. With wind speeds between 25 and 35 mph on the water and gusts up to 70 mph on mountain ridges, the fireworks show would have been too risky to pull off, said Sue Barton, deputy director of the LTVA. This may be the last Labor Day fireworks display at the South Shore. The contract with Pryro Spectaculars Inc. expires this year and will be up for review. Activities around the South Shore during the Labor Day weekend have waned over the years mainly because of school schedules that have changed with districts across California and Nevada.

Fireworks postponed until Monday

Weather permitting, there should be fireworks in the air Monday night. That’s the word from the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority after it made a decision early today to postpone the show set for tonight because of dangerous wind conditions. If the weather remains calm enough, the Labor Day Fireworks Extravaganza will take place at 8:30 p.m. Monday, officials said. Music for the show will be simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. With wind speeds between 25 and 35 mph on the water and gusts up to 70 mph on mountain ridges, the fireworks show would have been too risky to pull off, said Sue Barton, deputy director of the LTVA. This may be the last Labor Day fireworks display at the South Shore. The contract with Pryro Spectaculars Inc. expires this year and will be up for review. Activities around the South Shore during the Labor Day weekend have waned over the years mainly because of school schedules that have changed with districts across California and Nevada.