4th of July in Lake Tahoe
  • Why Lake Tahoe this 4th of July?

    Why do so many people flock to Lake Tahoe on the 4th of July? Could it be the sandy beaches, food and drink specials, community events and fireworks shows? We think so. What sounds better than spending the 4th of July with friends on a nice sandy beach, mingling with the crowds till the sun recedes and the fireworks shows begin?

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    Come for the action, stay for the fireworks!

    The July 4th fireworks extravaganza is one of the most popular Independence Day celebrations in the West with 100,000 plus onlookers. The event has received national media exposure in USA Today, Travel & Leisure and ForbesTraveler.com as one of the nation’s top Fourth of July festivities. This annual family tradition is choreographed to music and broadcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. The fireworks are launched from offshore barges and can be seen from all corners of town. South Shore offers convenient access to viewing areas via public transportation, paved bike trails, and nearby park and walk venues.

    Fireworks shows by regionStudy up on Lake Tahoe regions

    Kings Beach Fireworks
    The Kings Beach fireworks and deck party is held at the North Tahoe Event Center. For information call 530-546-9000.

    Incline Village Fireworks
    Viewing is easy from any of the beaches as the barge is usually off Incline Beach. Pick your favorite spot and spend the day with family, friends or neighbors and then stay for the most spectacular fireworks sponsored by the Red, White and Tahoe Blue committee. It is one of the favorites on the lake. For more info, call (775) 298-1010.

    Tahoe City Fireworks
    On Commons Beach in downtown Tahoe City. Arrive early to picnic, meet friends and neighbors and stay for the spectacular fireworks. Call 530-581-6900 for info.

    Truckee 4th of July Fireworks
    Donner Lake, West End Beach. Dusk. Purchase tickets from Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District. www.tdrpd.com or 530-582-7720

    South Lake Tahoe — Lights on the Lake
    The Lights on the Lake fireworks show is full of great vantage points. We have a few extra creative places to view this show:

    For the water bound: South Lake Tahoe’s Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II, both offer dining/viewing packages.
    For the landlocked: Nevada Beach State Park has a soft, sandy shoreline equipped with barbecues and picnic tables.
    For the super-seat-savers: Regan and El Dorado Beaches offer front-row seating that fills up fast.
    For families: Bijou Community Park is set back from the shoreline and boasts many amenities such as a skate park, disc golf course, dog park, golf course and playground.
    For east bay viewers: The Tallac Historic Site, off Emerald Bay Road, has an east-view perspective with nearby Baldwin Beach and its picnic tables.
    For the best view: For the more adventurous, hike to the top of Mount Tallac for a bird’s eye view of the fireworks extravaganza, but don’t forget your headlamp for the trek back down.

    Learn more about Tahoe Beaches

    With the clarity of Hawaii and the white sands of Florida, Lake Tahoe tops them all with beautiful mountains and towering evergreens. Nothing says summertime like a boat or jet-ski rental out on the crystal-clear blue water. Check out our beaches map.

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