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Fireworks, music and recreation at North Lake Tahoe’s July celebrations

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NORTH LAKE TAHOE NEWS RELEASE — Between three fireworks displays, a beer and bluegrass festival, a late-night DJ party, local music, a gourmet dinner event, and a host of boating, hiking and biking options — North Lake Tahoe is serving up a weekend full of activities fit for everyone this coming 4th of July.

Catch any of three lakeside fireworks displays at Kings Beach, Incline Village, or Tahoe City by night. And enjoy some uniquely Tahoe experiences by day. Watch a parade of historic wooden boats on Tahoe’s West Shore, attend bluegrass concerts and taste microbrews at Northstar, or take a front-row seat to the best of Tahoe’s homegrown musicians at Squaw Valley’s Made in Tahoe festival.

Tahoe’s array of outdoor recreation options are also in prime summer shape, including the warming Lake Tahoe water for swimming, wakeboarding and boating, the downhill thrills of Northstar’s mountain biking park, and the area’s endless hiking trails.

Here is a sampling of 4th of July weekend events in North Lake Tahoe. For a full list of events, go to www.gotahoenorth.com:

• Fireworks and Party in Kings Beach, July 3

Kick the afternoon off with a beach party starting at 2:00 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center deck that includes a DJ, live music, food, beer garden and vendors. Then, at approximately 9:30 p.m. the skies light up with a dazzling fireworks display over Lake Tahoe. The fireworks are free to the public.

• Red White and Tahoe Blue on the 4th of July

Incline Village’s Independence Day festival since 2007, Red, White and Tahoe Blue has 28 events in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, including a parade and concerts and one of the nation’s best fireworks displays, at Incline Beach!

• Fireworks at Tahoe City

Fireworks begin at dusk on Commons Beach in downtown Tahoe City, but can be viewed from various locations around the Northwest shore. Arrive early to picnic.

• Fourth of July Boat Parade on the West Shore 

Join the parade of Tahoe Maritime Museum members’ boats, led by boats from the museum’s collection, leaving Commons Beach at noon on a cruise down the West Shore to Obexer’s Marina, Homewood.

• Vote 4 Funk DJ Festival, July 4 and 5

Hacienda Del Lago will host a two-night DJ festival featuring DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5), Love and Light, The Gaff and Pleasuremaker. Dance the night away with funk, hip-hop, reggae, Latin and bass beats. Homegrown event organizers Rambo Productions throw an all-out party at the lakefront location beginning at 9:00 p.m. each night.

• Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival at Northstar California, July 6

Over 30 local and regional breweries will be on tap and live bluegrass will be playing from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Village at Northstar. This family-friendly event also includes special children’s treats and activities on the Village rink.

• Made in Tahoe Festival, July 4, 5, and 6

A vendor village of local artisans, businesses and organizations is backed up by live performances by some of Lake Tahoe’s most popular musicians, including Jelly Bread and Matt Reardon.

• Homewood Mountain Resort Farm to Peak Dinner, July 6

For the foodie traveler, Homewood Mountain Resort offers a unique dining experience. The first in a two-part series this summer, The July 6 Farm to Peak dinner welcomes guest chefs Breana Greene and Kellan Hori to create locally-sourced meals served atop Homewood’s slopes overlooking Lake Tahoe. For reservations, visit SkiHomewood.com/FarmToPeak or call 530-584-6849.

In any spare time, grab some beach time and relax in the midst of the pristine blue waters. Lake Tahoe is home to 51 public beaches, to explore each of them, download the Tahoe Beaches app on your iPhone or Android Phone.

For more information on 4th of July events, go to: http://www.gotahoenorth.com/events

For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit www.gotahoenorth.com. And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals,” tab, which is updated daily. North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village.

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