Parade, parties and fireworks for Lake Tahoe’s Fourth of July |

Parade, parties and fireworks for Lake Tahoe’s Fourth of July

Adam Jensen
Fireworks explode over Lake Tahoe during a previous Lights on the Lake display. This year's Monday, July 4, fireworks will kick off on the South Shore at 9:45 p.m.
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The 35th annual Lights on the Lake fireworks display is the centerpiece of Lake Tahoe’s Fourth of July celebrations, but a morning parade and parties throughout the day add to South Shore’s Independence Day schedule.

Nevada Beach, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Timber Cove Marina and Lakeview Commons are among the recommended viewing locations for the South Shore fireworks display Monday, July 4, at 9:45 p.m. Several companies also offer on-the-water viewing experiences. Day-use parking fees for July 4 at Pope, Baldwin and Nevada beaches will be $20 and $25 at Zephyr Cove Beach, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service.

Donner Lake’s West End Beach and Tahoe City will also host fireworks displays at 9:30 p.m. for the Fourth of July.

On the morning of July 4, the City of South Lake Tahoe will hold a Fourth of July parade through town.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the “Y” and proceed east on U.S. Highway 50, ending in the Rite Aid parking lot on Al Tahoe Boulevard.

Temporary bleachers will be erected at American Legion Post 795 for parade viewing and the Legion will hold a free after-party featuring barbecue, music and a beer garden, according to an announcement from the city. Both eastbound lanes of Highway 50 will be closed from the “Y” from 9:30-10:20 a.m. for the parade, with a rolling lane opening beginning around 10:20 a.m. Motorists should except slow traffic, and the city encourages people to use Pioneer Trail during and immediately following the parade.

Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge will celebrate Independence Day with a South Lake Tahoe Red, White and Blue Fourth of July Celebration featuring DJs, bands, a tiki bar and a special performance by magician Alex Ramon. All of the entertainment is free and open to the public. Barbecue and private pier access can be purchased at

An annual alcohol ban will be in effect at Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove Resort and Zephyr Shoals from 6 a.m. to midnight on July 4, according to the Forest Service release. County and state laws also ban the possession or consumption of alcohol on the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows and Chamber’s Landing Beach on the West Shore beginning July 1 and continuing through July 6, according to the agency.

Possession of fireworks of any kind is illegal in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Campfires and portable charcoal grills are also not permitted on National Forest beaches or in the general forest.

Fire restrictions on National Forest System land in the Lake Tahoe Basin begin July 1.

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