North Lake Tahoe visitors and residents alike are constantly on the hunt for those picture-perfect panoramic views of the lake that often land our mountain paradise in national print and online lists of vacation-worthy spots. Hunting for these locations reaches an all time high pre-Independence Day.
Here’s a breakdown - the elite group of beaches, pools, patios, and decks that are sure to leave anyone breathless whether soaking up the fourth of July sun or viewing an award-winning fireworks show.
Start the Fourth of July weekend early with a July third Fireworks Show and Beach Party at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. King’s Beach is one of the lake’s longest beaches, but fills up in summer, so make sure to get there early to score the best spot. If you are looking to watch the fireworks from the comfort of a restaurant deck check out Jason’s Beachside Grille in King’s Beach with killer views and great food.
Another great location just up the hill is Mellow Fellow Gastropub in Crystal Bay. Beer-tenders are constantly rotating the selection of 40 draught craft beers to sip while playing one of their outdoor patio party games (think giant Jenga® and cornhole among others). The food menu is outstanding – complete with warm soft pretzels and gourmet local sausages.
For activities on July fourth, Tahoe City and Incline Village offer up everything from an ice cream eating contest to a family fun zone. On the evening of July fourth, both Commons Beach in Tahoe City and the Village Green in Incline Village will light the sky with fireworks.
The Tahoe City Street Fair and Fireworks will set up a July Fourth Fun Zone, located in Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co.’s parking lot, complete with a dunk tank, bean bag toss, putting green and more. For a more relaxing experience, try Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge. Home to the largest deck on Lake Tahoe, Sunnyside is accessible by boat, foot or car.
Sitting only 100 feet above the shoreline, Christy Hill Lakeside Bistro in Tahoe City is a romantic, fine dining restaurant with spectacular lake views, perfect for dinner pre-fireworks.
The party continues Saturday, July 5 as Billy Ray Cyrus heats up the Village Green with a live outdoor concert to benefit and tribute fallen American Hero, Michael Landsberry. This concert is 1 of 25 events held across the three-day weekend by the Red, White and Tahoe Blue festival.
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