Fireworks dedicated to heroes, firefighters
South Shore’s traditional July Fourth celebration, Lights on the Lake, will be dedicated tonight to the firefighters and emergency personnel who recently contained last week’s Angora fire. With overwhelming enthusiasm, the South Shore community decided to move forward with plans for its annual fireworks extravaganza.
“Tourism officials were the first to question the appropriateness of holding an event in light of last week’s incident,” said Patrick Kaler, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “The almost unanimous consensus was it would serve to highlight the area’s spirit and resiliency throughout the country that Lake Tahoe recovery is underway.”
Lights on the Lake is rated one of the top five fireworks shows in the country.
The annual pyrotechnics spectacular attracts an estimated 100,000 spectators for an astounding show on the one of the world’s most beautiful stages. The American Pyrotechnics Association determined the “must-see” ranking based on the quality, variety, choreography and volume of fireworks.
The clear sky is illuminated over the spectacular mountain lake for 30 minutes with thousands of fireworks, from traditional favorites to innovative shell patterns, that draw oohs and ahhs from an appreciative audience.
The annual family tradition is choreographed to patriotic music and simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.
Created by Pyro Spectaculars, Inc. and fired by Pyrodigital Consultants, this year’s show will feature a classic American soundtrack and international shell patterns imported from Spain, Italy and China.
Lights on the Lake Fourth of July Fireworks display will illuminate the sky tonight beginning at around 9:30 p.m. After the show the Hard Rock Cafe will host a party with live music from local bands Waiting for TIM, The Tim Parsons Project and Ten Cent Lure.
Launched from an off shore barge, the fireworks are visible from all over town. Numerous vantage points maximize viewing pleasure.
Best places to watch:
El Dorado and Regan beaches: Fireworks lovers line the beaches at El Dorado and Regan early in the morning, setting up their lawn chairs, blankets and barbecue grills and settle in for the ultimate fireworks location. The beach is located at Lakeview Boulevard.
The Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II: South Shore’s two Mississippi paddle wheelers offer a unique opportunity to view the show from the water. The Tahoe Queen features a Dinner Dance Cruise while the M.S. Dixie II offers its popular Fireworks Cruise. Both feature live entertainment and fantastic views of the evening’s display.
Tallac Historic Site: The quiet, off-the-beaten-track spot on Emerald Bay Road has a stunning view looking east across Lake Tahoe toward the fireworks.
Nevada Beach State Park: This site offers one of the best views in town. Located about five miles east of the Nevada casinos on Elk Point Road, Nevada Beach State Park is an ideal setting for a family barbeque at the beach. A wide, sandy shoreline leads down to Lake Tahoe. Charcoal barbeques and picnic tables dot the beach. The view across the lake to the West Shore and Desolation Wilderness is unsurpassed.
Bijou Community Park: Set back from the shoreline on the corner of Johnson and Al Tahoe Blvds, Bijou Community Park affords a great view of the fireworks without the hustle and bustle of the beaches. Amenities at the park include restrooms, a skate park, a disc golf course, a playground, and an exercise circuit. The park is a great setting for families with young children.
Baldwin Beach: Located about 5 miles down Emerald Bay Road and backed by the Tallac Historic Site. This narrow stretch of white sand beach has great views looking east toward the downtown area of South Shore. Public parking, restrooms, picnic facilities, fire pits, and barbeque grills are available.
Lakeside Beach Grill: Located within walking distance of the casinos on Lakeshore Blvd., Lakeside Beach Grill offers special Fourth of July dinner fare and seating for the fireworks. The dinner includes lobster, grilled chicken, salad and glow-in-the-dark party favors.