With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday, you have more opportunities to celebrate America’s independence. Ridge guests can take advantage of The Ridge’s many amenities such as the fully equipped health club, play tennis, sit poolside, get a massage at Elevation Spa and enjoy dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Then prepare for a weekend of nonstop action including concerts, fireworks and shows.

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.

Tahoe South has one of the best fireworks display in the country. Don't miss it. Photo: Kurtis Rix.

Tahoe South has one of the best fireworks display in the country. Don’t miss it.
Photo: Kurtis Rix.

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, and on the lake aboard M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen Paddlewheelers or private boat rentals. The program is simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

Tahoe South offers more than fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July, here are a few other events you won’t want to miss:

— Legendary rock n’ roll Hall of Famers, Aerosmith perform Friday, July 3, at Harveys Outdoor Arena.

— 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 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.

What are your favorite holiday activities while staying at The Ridge Tahoe?

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.