Fourth of July Briefs
* South Lake Tahoe
Lights over the lake on Tuesday
The South Shore is one day away from its famous Lights over Lake Tahoe, sponsored by Stateline’s casinos. The display is not only the largest but also the longest lasting and most expensive display at Tahoe, organizers say.
The show begins Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and is simulcast on KRLT 93.9 FM and KOWL 1490 AM radio stations. The music is coordinated with the explosions, making it a unique audio and visual spectacle.
Fireworks are launched from several barges, including the original M.S. Dixie, moored offshore at the end of Stateline street. Pyro Spectacular will produce the vent.
The best locations to view fireworks are at Timber Cove Marina, Nevada Beach, Ski Run Marina and Regan Beach. The show is expected to last for at least 45 minutes.
Elsewhere around the lake, other fireworks displays are at Kings Beach, tonight, from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Commons Beach and July 5 from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from the West Shore Cafe.
* Lake Tahoe Basin
Fireworks illegal throughout Tahoe
Officials are reminding vacationers that personal fireworks are illegal in the Lake Tahoe Basin, El Dorado and Tahoe national forests, and in and around Truckee.
Fireworks are only legal under permits for special events, such as the fireworks displays planned for South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Donner Lake, Squaw Valley, Kings Beach and other locations.
The U.S. Forest Service is alerting people to the fire danger in the forest this weekend, illustrated by numerous fires burning in the area and in Northern Nevada. Legal campfires must be carefully tended, and fireworks are strictly prohibited in the forest, officials said. Campfires are not completely out until they are doused with water to a point where they are no longer warm, according to officials.
“Fire season is here and forest vegetation is drying out, especially on the east side of the Tahoe National Forest,” said Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Steve Eubank. “If you are visiting the forest over the holiday weekend, leave your fireworks at home.”
Possessing or discharging fireworks in Truckee is a misdemeanor, according to the town’s municipal code.
Fireworks are not permitted in any portion of unincorporated Placer County, according to county code, which encompasses all of the California portion of Tahoe’s North Shore.
Alcohol banned at Nevada Beach
The U.S. Forest Service will enforce a ban on all forms of alcoholic beverages at Nevada Beach on July 4, from 10 a.m. to midnight. Vehicles or individuals with ice chests and other containers entering the beach will be searched.
The prohibition applies to the beach-picnic area, and does not apply to the campground.
Nevada Beach is one of the most popular areas to view the annual fireworks display, and attracts up to 10,000 people each year. The temporary July 4 ban on alcoholic beverages at Nevada Beach began after 1998 to reduce the number of serious alcohol-related law enforcement incidents such as fights and vehicle accidents. Since that time, such incidents have significantly decreased at Nevada Beach.
For more information on Nevada Beach, or other National Forest lands and locations for viewing the display, call (530) 543-2694.
– Staff Reports