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 Cassie@keeptahoeblue.org.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, to report information on potential fireworks debris, call the hotline at (775) 410-0417.