If there’s one place to celebrate the Fourth of July right, it’s Tahoe South. Recognized as the home of one of the best fireworks displays in the country, Tahoe South hosts “Lights on the Lake” on Monday, July 4. Be prepared to listen to the latest rock and pop hits while your eyes dazzle with visions of red, white and blue during the 9:45 p.m. show. The best viewing spots for the display include South Shore beaches like Lakeview Commons, Timber Cove and Nevada Beach among others.

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Lights on the Lake | Courtesy: First Tracks Productions

The Fourth of July isn’t the only day to celebrate the birth of America; due to the Monday holiday, there is a whole weekend of festivities before the rockets even reach the air. Check out a few of the options below.

Live at Lakeview returns Thursday, June 23. This eclectic gathering of locals with fresh beats, a beer garden and resident vendors offers a great taste of the South Shore culture and spirit. The fun kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m. at Lakeview Commons.

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Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival | Courtesy: Sean Riley Photography

For an even bigger slice of the South Shore culture pie, the Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival hosts performances at the historic Boathouse Theatre, outdoor concerts on the lawn and various events through the Fourth of July weekend. The Heifer Belles plays July 3 as part of the Music on the Lawn series and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” plays July 1-3.

Get in the Independence Day spirit with the Fourth of July Parade that honors our country’s veterans and features the UC Berkeley Marching Band. The best place to catch the parade is along Hwy 50 from the “Y” area at Hwy 50 and 89 through Bijou Community Park.

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Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena | Courtesy: Harveys

A bevy of performers descend upon Tahoe South during the holiday weekend with the likes of Nick Swardson at MontBleu, July 1; Mark Mackay at MontBleu, July 2; Slighty Stoopid with special guests at Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, July 2; Heather McDonald, July 3; Decadence – Come Away to the Cabaret at MontBleu, July 3.

The Beach Retreat & Lodge will also celebrate the Fourth with music, DJs and a very special appearance/performance by Alex Ramon, a famed magician. This beach party is open to the public.

Of course any Independence Day celebration should end with “Lights on the Lake” becuase it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks!


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