(South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.) “Lights on the Lake,” the largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the west, continues the tradition at the “Best Lake in America,” (USA Today) with enough dazzle to fill South Shore’s night sky for 25 minutes.
The arrangement of color, light and sound over Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada backdrop has mesmerized millions of viewers for more than three decades. Now in its 34th year, the holiday tradition will soar and burst with sky rockets timed and synchronized to a soundtrack of familiar songs by pop legends and today’s biggest stars of rock ‘n roll and country music.
Holiday visitors can expect fireworks bursts of unusual and whimsical shapes such as jellyfish, stars, butterflies, and smiley faces. The best viewing spots for the 9:45 p.m. show around South Shore’s beaches include: Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach area, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Edgewood Tahoe (www.edgewoodtahoe.com), and on the lake aboard M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen Paddlewheelers (http://www.zephyrcove.com/) or private boat rentals. The program is simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. (http://www.krltfm.com/).
“Lights on the Lake’ is a tradition that brings generations of families to Tahoe South annually for the world class display,” said Nancy McDermid, chairwomen of the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority, which sponsors the event. “Every year there’s surprises in the sky – whether it’s a cluster of new multi-shaped rockets or a segue into new songs.”
With South Shore early bookings at a premium, advance reservations are highly recommended. Personalized itineraries via Utrip as well as ‘Featured Trips’ are available at tahoesouth.com.
With July 4 on Saturday there are plenty of activities lined up prior and throughout the holiday weekend:
- Race the Lake of the Sky (http://www.racethelakeofthesky.com), the premier flat water standup paddleboard race in the country, is June 27-28 at El Dorado Beach. This family-friendly event attracts some of the world’s best athletes. It is known as the must attend flat water SUP race in the nation.
- Legendary rock n’ roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith perform Friday, July 3, at Harveys Outdoor Arena. (https://www.caesars.com)
- The Rolling Chrome and Tahoe Thunder Car and MC Show at Heavenly Village, July 3-5. Trophies, poker run, sidewalk sales, 50’s music, $40 entry. Open to all.
- Heavenly Village’s Free Summer Concert Series features jazz-rock fusion with The Bumptet on Friday, July 3, and Brass Band favorites Tuba Lupa on Saturday, July 4.
- The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival (http://valhallatahoe.com) celebrates summer in old Tahoe fashion with a season long series of performances and comedy at the Boathouse Theater, outdoor concerts, festivals, and cultural events. July 1-7 features Artist in Residence John Holland.
- Outdoor art and craft sale and show at South Tahoe Middle School, July 2-5.
For real time updates on events, promotions, packages, individual personalized itineraries via Utrip, and “Featured Trips” visit www.tahoesouth.com.