Visitors undaunted by midweek holiday
Dark clouds and scattered showers Wednesday did not dampen Fourth of July celebrations at South Shore.
Out-of-towners flooded in, filling casino hotels, patronizing local businesses and packing the basin’s beaches.
“Last night we had a full house,” said Hector Rubio, director of hotel operation at Horizon Casino Resort. He predicted another full house today and Saturday, adding that the crowds look bigger than last year’s.
“We had a slow start because of weather but once the sun came out we had approximately 500 people out by the pool,” Rubio said. “Of course, the fireworks over the lake were spectacular. We had a viewing from the top of the garage for the guests. It’s been a a great week.”
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Caesars Tahoe were completely booked Wednesday night. Harveys Resort & Casino officials were unavailable for comment.
Some smaller businesses are looking toward the weekend for an increase in tourist attention.
“We don’t look so much at the day as the weekend,” Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe owner Cheryl Cannon said Thursday. “Yesterday was a little quieter because of the weather. Today is busy and on the weekend we are looking to get crushed.”
Chris Carpol, manager at the Riva Grill, said this year’s holiday did not bring in as many beachgoers as last year but tables filled quickly in the restaurant.
Some folks had more to celebrate Wednesday than just independence, as they chose the holiday to exchange wedding vows.
Lakefront Wedding Chapel was not as busy as usual but managed to join a few couples in the bonds of matrimony.
“We had three weddings,” said Lydia Rogers, Lakefront’s wedding coordinator. “It seems to be almost a contradiction between Independence Day and making a lifelong commitment, but we had lovely couples.”
Love’s Lake Tahoe Wedding Chapel performed six weddings on the day of red, white and blue.
“Several of the couples had met on the Fourth of July so it was a significant day because it was their first date,” said the Rev. Chris Fields of Love’s Chapel. “It is a popular day to get married, to a degree.”
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