All along Lake Tahoe on the 4th of July some of the best firework displays on the west coast will shoot into the night sky. Along with the lights, the community is encouraged to come to picnic on the beach to meet new faces and hang with old friends alike.
Holiday weekend visitors can expect the fireworks show to explode into unusual and whimsical shapes such as jellyfish, stars, butterflies, and smiley faces around 9:45 p.m. “Lights on the Lake” is sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. 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.
The fireworks are visible from all over town. Below are some of the sweet spots to get a front row seat.
- The Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II: South Shore’s two Mississippi paddle wheelers offer a unique opportunity to view the light show from the water. Board the Tahoe Queen for a Dinner Dance Cruise or the M.S. Dixie II for a Fireworks Cruise. Both feature live entertainment and fantastic views of the evening’s display. Log onto www.laketahoecruises.com.
- Nevada Beach: Located about two miles east of the Nevada casinos on Elk Point Road, Nevada Beach is the ideal setting for a family barbecue at the beach. A wide, sandy shoreline leads down to the sapphire waters of Lake Tahoe. Charcoal barbecues and picnic tables dot the beach. The view across the lake to the West Shore and Desolation Wilderness is unsurpassed. And the view of the fireworks display is one of the best in town.
- Regan, Timber Cove Marina and El DoradoBeaches offer front row seating that fills up fast.
- Bijou Community Park: Set back from the shoreline and boasts a skate park, disc golf course, dog park, golf course, and playground to keep the whole family entertained while holding your ideal viewing spot.
- The Tallac Historic Site: Off Emerald Bay Road, has an east-view perspective with nearby Baldwin Beach and its picnic tables. For the more adventurous, the top of Mount Tallac offers a bird’s eye view of the fireworks extravaganza, but don’t forget your headlamp for the trek back down.
- Edgewood-Tahoe: A Fourth of July favorite is Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course’s 4th of July Celebration. This setting offers front-and-center viewing of Lights on the Lake from Edgewood’s private beach and an all-you-can-eat buffet. Watch the fireworks show front and center from the beach to the south of Edgewood Tahoe’s clubhouse. Edgewood will be offering only a limited amount of tickets to the event.
- Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach: Corner of Hwy 50 and Lakeview Ave.