Fourth Brings Big Crowds, Loads of Fun

July 6, 2011

The north shore of Lake Tahoe witnessed one of the biggest crowds ever to descend upon the area during a Fourth of July celebration. The large number of people and the extra traffic around town, did little to stop all the fun and excitement.

When it comes to holiday festivities, the town of Incline Village literally almost had it all going on this go-around. From live music to barbecues to fireworks to a helicopter hovering over the beach, visitors were able to enjoy non-stop events and activities.

It started off with a dance and ended with a bang.

On the Thursday before the big weekend, residents and tourists alike flocked – and boogied – to the street dance at a local popular Mexican restaurant. It was all down the Incline hill from there in terms of exciting events.

Folks lined the streets on Saturday to cheer and show their pride as their fellow classmates, friends, family members, countrymen and women strolled down Tahoe Boulevard in the “America the Beautiful” parade. It was on to live music, great food and drink at the Village Green. The evening was topped with a fabulous “Beer and Brat” celebration (many called it the “Beer and Hotdog” celebration to make it more fitting.)

Sunday brought in a heart-warming, and heart-stopping, performance by the California Air National Guard. Pararescuemen dropped from a HH Pave Hawk Helicopter hovering just above the waters off Incline Beach into the lake in a mock recovery mission. It was an awe-inspiring tribute to the men and women who served  – and continue to serve – this great country.

Independence Day brought just about everyone down to the shores of Lake Tahoe as the beach was filled to the mackinaw gills with towels, blankets, tents, umbrellas, canopies, and people. Those that were able to last into the night – or came back to the sand or nearby Village Green – were again treated to a beautiful fireworks display. (The reflection off the calm waters of the dark lake may make Tahoe one of the most elite locations to host the annual pyrotechnic show.)

The holiday weekend was nothing short of a huge success. Despite the extra large crowds, there was little to complain about. Perhaps a few tiny inconveniences, but in the end, nothing but huge smiles and enormous pride were had by all.

Note: Another fabulous Fourth of July holiday is behind us, but plenty of summer fun – Tahoe style – still ahead. Feel free to call Goldfish Properties to find out more about our great vacation rentals. (800) 948-7311


Fourth of July – Tahoe Style

June 28, 2011

There may be no better place on earth to spend the Fourth of July holiday than Lake Tahoe. The warm temperatures and crystal clear waters set among the giant pine trees and towering granite mountains is reason in itself to celebrate. Throw in a weekend of fantastic events and it’s no wonder more and more people will be honoring this great country by showing off their red, white, and Tahoe blue.

Happy Birthday America!

While it may be an Independence Day celebration, the residents on the north shore have an extended weekend of fun activities planned. Actually, thanks to some local merchants the holiday party gets kicked off even before the weekend.

On Thursday, there will be a “Star Spangled Street Dance” held in the parking lot of La Hacienda. The event, sponored by the Optimist Club, features live music, a dunk tank,  an “Uncle Sam Relay,” and lots of tasty food and cold beverages.

The All-American fun continues Saturday with a pancake breakfast at Incline’s main firehouse at 8 am. At 10 am, the town will host its “America the Beauty Parade,” which will run through the center of town to the Village Green. Later that afternoon, the excitement turns toward the sky – and while not for an early fireworks display, something just as amazing.

Pararescuemen will drop from an MC-130 and parachute down into the waters off Incline Beach. A HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopoter will then swoop down and hover over them – and a mock survivor – until they are safely brought aboard (mock survivor included).

On Independence Day, there is a whole slew of family events planned throughout the north shore. It all reaches its crescendo that evening with the annual fireworks show at Incline Beach. (For a complete list of events, visit http://redwhiteandtahoeblue.com/events.html.)

Tahoe City has its 65th annual fireworks show that evening as well. The bright lights can be seen from Incline Beach across the lake, so keep an eye out for a nice double feature. Neighboring community Kings Beach launches its pyrotechnic display the day earlier on Sunday evening – thus there will be plenty of eye- and ear-popping sulphuric enjoyment for all.

In the end, while extremely exciting, it’s not the pomp and circumstance that matters each and every Independence Day. It’s more about the quality time spent with friends and family and remembering all the men and women who have made the Red, White, and Blue so great. That in itself is reason enough to celebrate.

Have a great and safe Fourth of July.