Fireworks show one of the nation’s greatest |

Fireworks show one of the nation’s greatest

Weidinger Public Relations

Lights on the Lake, the annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza at South Shore Lake Tahoe, 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. Traditional Kamuro shells will highlight the opening as a gigantic chandler pattern in the sky then streaming down, seemingly to almost envelope the lake.

Lights on the Lake Fourth of July Fireworks display will illuminate the sky on Wednesday, July 4 from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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“For 2007 the fireworks will be even more high-end with expansive features,” said Patrick Kaler, executive director of The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “We continue to build on the brilliance of this show, with the results attracting thousands of people every year.”

Also new to this year’s display are mine shells which will rise in beautiful columns of colors in sync with orchestral horn fanfares.

Farfalle Shells will form beautiful floral patterns with white, swirling flower pistils, while Ring Shells will feature unusual orange and purple hues. Visitors should expect other formations including jellyfish, octopus, stars, butterflies, cubes, and the ever popular happy face.

Launched from an offshore barge, the fireworks are visible from all over town. Numerous vantage points maximize viewing pleasure:

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. Visit: HYPERLINK

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: HYPERLINK “”

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.

Regan and El Dorado beaches: Located right where Highway 50 meets the Lake, these connecting stretches of narrow beach are front and center for the fireworks. Arrive early! These beaches quickly fill with folks who love to be right under the action.

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, vegetable and glow in the dark party favors.