South Lake Tahoe staging July 4th parade today; expect delays on US 50 and side streets
The annual July Fourth parade gets underway in South Lake Tahoe this morning, and motorists should expect delays during the patriotic celebration.
The parade runs from Ski Run Boulevard, down U.S. 50 to Al Tahoe Boulevard where it ends at Bijou Park.
It is expected to last from 10-11 a.m., however, other closures will be implemented earlier to allow for preparation. Ski Run Boulevard will be closed from Tamarack Avenue to U.S. 50 starting at 8 a.m. The closure will be in place until about 11.
“We are asking people to use Pioneer Trail to get around that morning and to please be patient as they move through that area immediately following the parade,” Ray Jarvis, South Lake Tahoe Public Works director, said in a press release.
Rolling closures will take place as the parade makes its way down U.S. 50.
The parade will feature floats, live music, dancers, a 20-foot-tall eagle balloon and more. News 4 morning meteorologist Steve Bender will emcee the parade from the grandstand at Champions Plaza.
“We’ll have bleachers at Champions Plaza for people who want to get the best view of the parade, but those seats are first come, first serve,” Chris Fiore, communications manager for the city, said in the release. “If you want the best seats, you’re going to need to get out there early.
New this year, a food truck park will end the parade at Bijou Park. Various food vendors will be present serving up delicious dishes to everyone who stops by. Parade goers planning to attend the food truck park should park in the lots at Lake Tahoe Community College and walk to the park.
The park will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We’ll have tacos, BBQ, and all sorts of desserts,” Fiore said. “The best part, every food truck will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Tahoe Chapter of the American Legion.”
The American Legion has also started a GoFundMe page.