South Lake Tahoe fireworks fun on the Fourth of July |

South Lake Tahoe fireworks fun on the Fourth of July

Autumn Whitney

One of South Shore’s biggest Fourth of July attractions is its 35th annual “Lights on the Lake” fireworks show, which takes place Monday, July 4, at 9:45 p.m. It is scheduled to last 25 minutes.

“The show offers eye-popping light arrays that transform Tahoe’s night sky into 25 minutes of dazzling technicolor bursts of multi-colored orbs, exploding stars, butterflies and smiley faces,” according to a press release from Weidinger Public Relations.

Accompanied by patriotic anthems and splashes of red, white and blue, the fireworks draw in thousands of visitors every year. Follow along with the program by tuning in to local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

“We expect a terrific show and a lot of people,” Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority’s Mike Frye said. “It’ll be great Americana.”

LTVA is partnering with Zambelli Fireworks for this year’s display. New to Tahoe, the East Coast-based company previously produced firework displays for Northern California spots like Monterey Bay and Capitola, according to Frye.

“Zambelli shoots the largest water barge show in the United States in St. Louis, on 40 to 60 barges,” Frye added.

According to a news release, “Lights on the Lake” was featured in travel publications such as Travel + Leisure and Budget Travel, among others. Because of the event’s popularity, LTVA suggests arriving on the beach early to claim a spot for the show.

“Lights on the Lake is more than a holiday custom for us, it’s a family tradition,” said Nancy McDermid, chairwoman of sponsor Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority, in the release. “Every year we meet families whose parents brought them to Tahoe for the July 4 holiday and they are continuing the tradition, bringing their own kids and grandchildren. It’s a show that brings memories that carry on and last a lifetime across multiple generations.”

Top spots to watch the fireworks shoot over South Shore include Nevada Beach, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Timber Cove Marina and El Dorado Beach.

“When you think of fireworks over Lake Tahoe, people come from very far away to be here, and do so for years so they can see this show. It’s spectacular to see fireworks blinking over the Sierras,” Frye said.

For more information, visit Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority’s website at

Tribune news editor Adam Jensen contributed to this article.

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