The 4th of July brings to mind four things to me: patriotism, fireworks, friends/family and homemade ice cream. Growing up in rural Texas, my family held a giant annual 4th of July party, which consisted of grilling out hot dogs and all of our family friends bringing their favorite homemade dessert. The kids would run around, dropping blackcats into ant beds, lighting those colored smoke bombs and grow worm things, basically wreaking havoc until the sun went down. Once that happened, sparklers were lit and all the lawn chairs filled up quickly for the fireworks show in the front pasture. The older kids would place the fireworks on a piece of plywood, ignite the fuse and run back to the dirt driveway. With four or five pieces of plywood spread out, there would be a consistent stream of fireworks, ranging from small to large, for about 20 minutes.
Now, that nostalgic image of the 4th of July, while holding sentimental value, pales in comparison to the breathtaking image of Lake Tahoe on the 4th. South Lake Tahoe’s “Lights on the Lake Fireworks” show, which was named as one of the best celebrations in the U.S. by the Today Show and listed in the top five by the American Pyrotechnics Association, will take place tomorrow, July 4, at 9:45 p.m. Choreographed music will be simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. The 25-minute fireworks extravaganza is visible throughout town, but a few prime viewing spots include: Lakeview Commons and El Dorado Beach, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Bijou Community Park, Edgewood Tahoe, and on the lake aboard the M.S. Dixie II or Tahoe Queen.
Need a way to spend your morning or afternoon before the show or during the rest of your trip? The Heavenly Gondola is open daily from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for sightseeing, hiking, dining, summer tubing, and other activities.
*A friendly reminder, there is an alcohol ban in effect at all public beaches and dogs are only allowed at dog-friendly beaches (Nevada and Kiva) and are required to be on leash while on the sand. Also, fireworks are not permitted in El Dorado County, so enjoy the professional show and don’t attempt your own.
There are also a ton of fun activities and events going on in town beyond just the 4th, like MontBleu’s Red, White & Boom party on July 5 that features renowned DJs and the Summer Jazz in the Park and Music on the Lawn at the Tallac Historic Site on July 7 and 8. Visit the Tahoe South website for a full rundown.
Where is your favorite place to watch the fireworks over Lake Tahoe?