The “Lights on the Lake” fireworks show in South Lake Tahoe is recognized as one of the best Fourth of July fireworks displays in the country. The key to having a great spot to watch the fireworks is having a plan. Showing up to a spot ten minutes before dusk and expecting to get a good seat for the show is a rookie mistake, but I’m here to help you avoid that. For best results, your day should be divided into three parts: daytime activity, early dinner and fireworks. Spend your day sunning on the beach, hiking The Rim Trail, or kayaking to Emerald Bay; but start your activities early and end early to avoid unnecessary rushing around. I know this sounds early, but the grill should probably be fired up and loaded with beef by 5:30pm with an estimated meal time of 6:30. Pig out, drink a beer, pack the lawn chairs, blankets and cooler and get on the road to your fireworks destination.
If you don’t have your destination picked out yet, here are a few tips:
-Nevada Beach and Baldwin Beaches are huge beaches, tons of space and room to spread out. Views from Nevada Beach will be better, but with that, it will most likely be more crowded.
-Lakeview Commons has limited space but has picnic tables, amphitheater-style seating and public grills if you want to make a night of it. Great views of the fireworks from here.
-Kahle Community Park is a good spot to scope out the fireworks especially if your accommodations are on Kingsbury Grade or near Stateline because you won’t have to deal with the post-fireworks traffic (Hint: the trick is to avoid Highway 50).
-While you can’t see the lake at Bijou Community Park, there are still great views of the fireworks. Expect a more local crowd here; Bijou is the spot for disc golf, dog parks, a playground and a skate park. There are picnic pavilions and plenty of open space to play.
Now that you’ve gotten a spot early, you can set up camp and get ready to unwind and relax with your friends and family and wait for the sun to go down and the magic to happen. For more details, head over to the Tahoe South website.