Community support sought for North Tahoe July Fourth ‘SkyShow’

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About 5,000 people showed up to watch the inaugural drone show in Incline Village.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Travel North Tahoe Nevada will once again celebrate the Fourth of July in 2023 with a drone ‘SkyShow’ in celebration of the holiday. 

Community leaders and organizations are seeking business and individual financial support to ensure another safe and successful event this coming year.

This past July Fourth, the Incline Village and Crystal Bay communities witnessed the first and largest commercial drone show flown over Lake Tahoe. Over 5,000 spectators enjoyed Lake Tahoe’s inaugural SkyShow as 200 drones illuminated the night sky with picturesque scenes from the Sierra and patriotic lightscapes in red, white and blue. 

“We thoroughly enjoyed debuting the SkyShow this past Independence Day and were thrilled with the turnout,” said Andy Chapman, president/CEO of Travel North Tahoe Nevada. “We are committed to raising the funds necessary to continue this event with our community. This show is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday while still protecting our land and reiterating sustainable practices.”

An estimated 19,500 fires were started by fireworks in 2018, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Nearly 30% of the fires caused by fireworks are ignited on the Fourth of July, based on 2014 to 2018 annual averages. The SkyShow was introduced to eliminate the risk in North Tahoe and to prioritize and permanently adopt destination experiences that support a vibrant economy and our most vital asset, the land.

To ensure the event continues to be a success in the coming years, additional dollars are required to cover all the costs for the July Fourth SkyShow Spectacular. With a budget of $175,000, partners have already committed $73,000 collectively. The budget expenses include: the drone SkyShow, laser show, pre and post show logistics, safety and security (overtime/additional hours: NLTFPD, EMT, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office), traffic control, event permits and insurance and local advertising.

“This community-focused event supports both resident and business quality of life in the Incline Village and Crystal Bay region,” said a news release. “In order for this event to continue, it is imperative that sufficient donations are raised to cover the cost of the event. With donor support (public, private, individual, business and corporate), we can ensure this event will continue into the future.”


Source: Travel North Tahoe Nevada

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