With the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, you’ve still got time to plan for a long holiday weekend stay at The Ridge Tahoe.

Check out the beach, rent a kayak, Jet Ski or ski boat, or explore the vast network of dozens of hiking and biking trails nearby. When the sun goes down, spirits go up for a weekend of nonstop action including concerts, fireworks and shows.

Don't miss the fireworks in Lake Tahoe this Fourth of July. Photo: Kurtis Rix.

Don’t miss the fireworks in Lake Tahoe this Fourth of July.
Photo: Kurtis Rix.

Here’s what’s on tap:

Get your red, white and Tahoe blue colors going and spread some patriotic cheer Friday morning with a Fourth of July parade in South Lake Tahoe. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. The parade route starts at Les Schwab Tires and runs to the American Legion Post #795. There is a barbecue at the American Legion following the parade.

Head over to the Heavenly Village from 5 – 9 p.m. Friday, July 4 for a free concert featuring Tahoe’s favorite jam rock band Deep Fryed Mojo. Don’t forget your boogie shoes as you dance into the sunset.

Ready for fireworks? If you’re staying at The Ridge Tahoe you can avoid the traffic by taking a shuttle bus down to Stateline to enjoy the nationally acclaimed annual “Lights on the Lake,” Fourth of July fireworks display.

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, Edgewood Tahoe or on the lake aboard M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen paddlewheelers.

Holiday visitors can expect the fireworks show to burst into fantastic 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.

Saturday night action at Tahoe South features comedy by the legendary Sinbad at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa and Abbacadabra, billed as the “Ultimate ABBA Concert” at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. If that’s not enough, there’s an all-night pool party Sunday at MontBleu’s Onsen Beach & Nightclub.

Do your July 4th holiday plans include 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.