Sunday’s fireworks could be the last for Labor Day
August 28, 2008
Make sure to grab a spot to watch the Labor Day Fireworks Extravaganza, because this could be the last show.
The contract with Pyro Spectaculars Inc. expires this year and will be up for review.
John Packer, Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority chairman, said the fireworks originated from the Labor Day Lake Tahoe event that used to occur during the late 1990s. To celebrate the holiday, the South Shore hosted a fishing derby, paddlewheel races and a fireworks show to entice visitors to the lake.
The only Labor Day activity that remains from the event is the fireworks, so the TDVA and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority are evaluating the show’s effectiveness to boost occupied room rates, Packer said.
The TDVA contributes funds to the LTVA for fireworks shows, such as the July 4 pyrotechnic display.
LTVA Executive Director Carol Chaplin said all factors should be considered when reviewing the fireworks, such as room rates and how it enhances the visitors’ experience. Because the contract expires this year, it’s timely to evaluate the budget.
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School schedules represent one reason it’s difficult to attract overnight stays during the holiday weekend. Between Douglas and El Dorado counties, schools begin on three different dates, with the Douglas schools starting before Labor Day.
And it’s not just at the lake – Fallon students were back in school by mid-August, Chaplin said.
“We used to target the soft Labor Day weekend, but school schedules make it tough,” Chaplin said. “It makes the whole month soft.”
Despite the soft weekend, fireworks will light up the sky Sunday night.
The Labor Day Fireworks Extravaganza begins at 8:30 p.m. Sunday and is choreographed to a simultaneous musical broadcast that can be heard on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.
Here are a few of the best vantage points:
Nevada Beach: Located about two miles east of the Nevada casinos on Elk Point Road.
Regan and El Dorado beaches: Located right where Highway 50 meets the lake.
Bijou Community Park: Set back from the shoreline on the corner of Johnson and Al Tahoe boulevards.
Baldwin Beach: Located about 5 miles down Emerald Bay Road and backed by the Tallac Historic Site.
Tallac Historic Site: The Valhalla Arts & Music Festival will host a holiday barbecue at Tallac Vista off Emerald Bay Road. For more information, log onto http://www.valhalla-tallac.com.
The Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II: South Shore’s paddlewheelers offer views of the light show from the water. The Tahoe Queen has a Dinner Dance Cruise, and the M.S. Dixie II has a Fireworks Cruise. Both feature live entertainment. For more information, check out http://www.laketahoecruises.com.