Sunny skies and fireworks bring upwards of 200,000 people to the South Shore |

Sunny skies and fireworks bring upwards of 200,000 people to the South Shore

Annie Flanzraich

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – After a weekend of booked cruises on the Tahoe Queen and the M.S. Dixie, Austin Sass, director of Aramark Parks and Destinations, wishes every weekend could be the Fourth of July.

“I wish it was like this every weekend and hopefully one day it will be,” Sass said.

Almost every one of the cruises Aramark sent out over the holiday weekend was booked completely, Sass said.

Zephyr Cove’s beach was filled with upwards of 6,000 people on the Fourth of July, the cabins at Zephyr Cove Resort were booked and all 93 recreational vehicle spots were taken.

Sass attributed the bustle to the weather and the fireworks.

“When the temperatures in Reno and Sacramento are what they typically are this time of year, people are going to come up, and especially with the fireworks as this great attraction,” he said.”

Between 200,000 and 250,000 people visited the South Shore during the holiday weekend, estimated El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Les Lovell.

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and Restaurant also benefited from the clear, warm weather, said marketing manager Bryan Davis.

“We had a nice weekend of golf,” Davis said. “You couldn’t beat the weather. It was really light and it made being anywhere outside really nice, so that helped out, too.”

Edgewood hosted a number of weddings over the weekend along with private Fourth of July parties for Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harveys Resort and Casino.

About 600 people attended its Fourth of July beach party and another 75 attended another part inside Brooks’ Bar and Deck.

“We ended up really happy with the way things went,” Davis said. “It was a great party and a great show.”

Busy crowds and a variety of new movies made for a successful weekend at Heavenly Village Cinemas, said owner Jana Harrah.

“A lot of the time the Fourth of July really depends on what movie we have, but we were pleased with it,” she said.

The cinema hosted “Eclipse,” the latest installment in the “Twilight” series, in addition to other movies like “Iron Man 2” and “Shrek Forever After.”

“All the movies were doing really good business,” she said.

Nearby, Puffin’ also did a lot of business with visitors and groomsmen from wedding parties, said employee Chris Foley.

“We were very busy there were tons of people here,” he said. “People were shopping and spending money.”

And at Sugar Pine Bakery, patriotic cakes were selling like, well, hotcakes.

“It was our first Fourth of July; it was just busy enough, but it was crazy,” said owner Katie Schultz.

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