Twice a year South Lake
Tahoe pulls out all the stops to put forward a fireworks extravaganza
that swells your heart with patriotism and pride. Both Labor Day and
July Fourth have become traditional party days here in the basin, with
the 4th signifying the beginning of high season and Labor Day marking
the end. The fireworks are typically launched from several barges
(including the original M.S. Dixie) moored just off the South Shore at
Stateline. By far the two best places onshore to watch the show are
Edgewood and Lakeside Beach. Edgewood has traditionally been rented out
by the major casinos, but this year tickets are available for a buffet
dinner (Filet Mignon, Roasted Salmon, and much more). Click here to view available ticket options.
Nevada Beach is another prime spot and Regan Beach** is also good, but
not as close as some would like. Once you get past Regan Beach they are
too far away in my opinion and once you pass Nevada Beach on the Nevada
side there are hills blocking the view. Of course the best option is to
be on a boat directly under the fireworks. If you're on a boat be sure
to bring warm clothes. It probably won't be too cold at the end of the
show, but several hours later, when you are finally getting your boat
out of the water, it will be.
**There is currently construction going on in the Regan Beach/El Dorado
Beach area. Not sure how it will affect things.
Fireworks Photography Tips - The quick version is simple -Use a tripod,
remote release or timer, ISO 100, bulb 2-4 seconds, f8 or f11. You can
find a much more in depth version here.
All the images on this site, however, are taken with a point and shoot.
Having had many I can tell you that some take decent fireworks
pictures, while others just won't.
Labor Day also features the annual race between the M.S Dixie II
and the Tahoe Queen. The race has lost a little bit of flavor recently.
It used to be between two local companies competing bitterly with each
other. Nowadays, both boats are owned and operated by Aramark.