Bigger is better. At least when it comes to fireworks. Tahoe South’s (tahoesouth.com/) “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, August 2012) over the extended holiday weekend.
With last year’s designation by USA Today readers as “Best Lake in America” and Yahoo.com touting Tahoe as 2013s seventh best lakeside vacation destination worldwide, the July 4 holiday gets a four-day weekend extension.
“Summer enthusiasm for attractions, events and new renovations/improvements has launched with a successful start,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.
With the Sierra Nevada and lake as a backdrop, the 25-minute display is choreographed by Pyro-Spectaculars to hit rock/pop songs along with traditional favorites, including Dave Matthews Band, FUN, Toby Keith, Steve Miller, Elton John, Adele, Ray Charles and Whitney Houston.
The show begins at 9:45 p.m. The best viewing spots around South Shore’s sandy beaches, include Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach area, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Bijou Community Park, Edgewood Tahoe (EdgewoodTahoe.com) or on the lake aboard M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen Paddlewheelers (zephyrcove.com/).
Holiday visitors can expect the fireworks show to burst into unusual and whimsical shapes such as jellyfish, stars, butterflies and smiley faces. “Lights on the Lake” is simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490 (krltfm.com/).
With July 4 on Thursday there are plenty of activities lined up throughout the weekend:
Stand Up Paddleboard racing at Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach, Wednesday, July 3, 5:45 from 8 p.m. Contestants take to the lake with longboards for an evening of skill and balance along the shore of Lake Tahoe (tahoesouth.com/events/).
The July 4 holiday wouldn’t be complete without classic cars and hot rods. Rolling Chrome/Tahoe Thunder Car Show revs up the RPMs, July 4 to 7, at Heavenly Village.
There’s nothing like live music to build on a car show. The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series (theshopsatheavenly.com/events.php) continues on Friday, July 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. with holiday jams from Connor Bors and Groovebox.
Red, White and Boom, the post-July 4 party blowout at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa (montbleuresort.com/) brings renowned DJs to one stage on Friday, July 5. Guests include famed DJs Donald Glaude and Eric Lobe.
Ever wonder what creatures are native to Lake Tahoe? “Wild Things,” a stage presentation featuring animals that make Tahoe their home, takes place at Taylor Creek’s Lake of the Sky Amphitheater on Friday, July 5 (fs.usda.gov).
The Bard meets the Three Stooges, Friday to Saturday, July 5 to 13, at the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival with the Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (valhallatahoe.com/). In 97 minutes guests will be exposed to all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays by three actors. Expect fast-paced, witty, physical comedy.
The festival continues through the holiday weekend with Summer Jazz in the Park and Music on the Lawn on Sunday, July 7, and ZOOM is on Monday, July 8, at the Tallac Historic Site’s Boathouse Theatre. This zydeco-heavy band is where “swamp pop” meets New Orleans blues, funk, southern rock and Mardi Gras Jazz.
Comedy siblings the Wayans Brothers, Shawn and Marlon, come to MontBleu Theater with more than a little ribbing and rivalry on Saturday, July 6 (montbleuresort.com). Expect twice the laughs with this dynamic comedy family duo.
Paul, John, Ringo and George fans take note, The Fab Four, an acclaimed Beatles Tribute Band, will take to the stage on Saturday, July 6, at the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe (harrahslaketahoe.com/).
For real-time updates on events, promotions, packages, conditions and events in Tahoe South, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is on Facebook at facebook.com/TahoeSouth, Twitter at twitter.com/TahoeSouth, YouTube at youtube.com/LTVA. For Tahoe South information call 1-800-288-2463 or visit tahoesouth.com.