Lake Tahoe offers several places to view spectacular firework shows. Show organizers are required to clean-up spent firework shells that fall into the lake.
Boaters can see all the shows at once or pick one and get in close. Bring blankets and warm close on the boat.
Stateline Nevada: “Lights on the Lake” is one of the biggest shows in the nation. Best beaches are Nevada, Reagan, El Dorado, and Edgewood-Tahoe Golf. Mount Tallac provides a unique perspective. Fireworks begin at 9:45pm. Check for simultaneous music broadcast on KRLT FM 93.9.
Tahoe City: Commons Beach.9:30pm. Fireworks choreographed to music!
Kings Beach: Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Limited tickets for the recreation area. “Beach Party” starts at 4pm, fireworks at 9:30pm. July 3, Friday.
Incline Village: The “Red, White, and Tahoe Blue Festival” will have a fireworks display near Incline and Burnt Cedar beaches at 9:30pm. Beaches are open only to residents and guests.
Donner Lake, Truckee: West End Beach is an all day party with music (tickets required). Fireworks at 9:30pm. Visible from all around Donner Lake and Donner Summit.
*Personal possession of fireworks of any kind is illegal in the Lake Tahoe Basin.*
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