Amazing to Behold

Fire in the Sky

The Lights on the Lake July 4 Fireworks Display  is shot off of barges in Lake Tahoe with the magnificent Sierra as a backdrop and it’s consistently rated as a national Top 5 show.

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Time to Celebrate Our Nation

There are some elements that make Lights on the Lake July 4 Fireworks Display a totally unique experience and why it’s continually rated as a Top Five display by a number of media sources. There is the sheer magnitude of size and scope with shells shot up to 1,000 feet in the night sky from three barges illuminating the  surface of 37 billion gallons of sapphire blue Lake Tahoe water and the 10,000’ granite peaks of the mighty Sierra Nevada. Added to the spectacle are hundreds of boats ringing the display’s safety zone and the mirrored reflection of cascading and shimmering shells on the surface of the lake.  

The fireworks went on for nearly half an hour, great pulsing strobes, fiery dandelions and starbursts of light brightening both sky and water.

Sol Luckman American Writer

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More Viewing Options

You have options to view Lights on the Lake. Located about five miles from the shoot site, El Dorado Beach / Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe offers free access, amphitheater style seating and public toilets. An adventurous and incredibly scenic location to watch from is the huge boulders about 15 / 20 minutes up the trailhead in Van Sickle Bi-State Park. Flash lights and / or head lamps are needed to see the trail clearly and to clamber up on the boulders. 

Regardless of where you watch from please pack out any items you pack in. There simply aren’t enough trash containers in improved locations to hold all the visitor trash and there aren’t any trash receptacles in many sites. 

Lights on the Lake Fireworks Lake Tahoe

Lights on the Lake Fireworks Display


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Things to Do in Lake Tahoe During Summer

When the snow melts, Lake Tahoe fills and the sandy beaches glisten in the sun. That’s when it’s time to trade in your snowboards for paddleboards and snowshoes for hiking boots. Get ready to wander in Lake Tahoe.

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