Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
1156 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
(530) 544-5050 • 1-800-AT-TAHOE • FAX (530) 544-2386

June 5, 2002

Contact: Melissa Racer
Weidinger Public Relations


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(SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.) - Independence Day will take on special significance this year as Americans celebrate their patriotism and pride. Those looking to observe the holiday in the serenity of natural outdoor beauty are heading to Lake Tahoe for its annual "Lights on the Lake" event.

America's largest alpine lake will mirror the sparking skies of South Lake Tahoe as one of the largest pyromusicals west of the Mississippi entertains those relaxed on the beach or perched high atop the mountains.

The free, 30 minute fireworks display will be launched from a floating dock on beautiful Lake Tahoe beginning at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. Pattern shells and parachute shells will dance to a variety of computer-synchronized patriotic music, broadcasting on KRLT FM 93.9 and KOWL AM 1490. The grand finale will have more than 2,000 shells and pyrotechnical fountains.

The M.S. Dixie II at Zephyr Cove is offering up-close-and-personal vantage points from the paddlewheel boat when it anchors to the fireworks-launching dock. The Fireworks Dinner Cruise includes a four-course dinner with wine service, the four-hour cruise, live music and parking fee. Cost is $149 per person. For reservations, call 775-588-3508.

Hornblower's Tahoe Queen will also be offering evening cruises. This cruise includes a glass of champagne, a four-course dinner with wine and entertainment by the Steve Walker Band. Cost is $109 per person. Boarding begins at 7 p.m. for this three-hour cruise. For reservations, call 530-541-3364.

And the entertainment continues through the weekend with a variety of shows. At Caesars Tahoe, the legendary Smokey Robinson will be performing with the Jeff Leep Orchestra on July 5-6. The Improv at Harveys will have headliner Ralph Harris and featured comic Mike Preminger entertaining audiences with their comedy. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! - A Tribute to the Beatles starring Rain continues its hit production at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. And at the Horizon Casino, the enormously popular Carnival Cabaret - a high-energy production combining the best female-diva impersonations, comedy and dance - continues to delight audiences.

The event is sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Gaming Alliance - Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Bill's Lake Tahoe Casino, Harveys Casino Resorts, Caesars Tahoe and Horizon Casino Resort - along with Embassy Suites Resort Lake Tahoe, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, and radio stations KRLT-FM and KOWL-AM.

For more information about this year's pyrotechnic spectacular or lodging packages, please call 1-800-AT-TAHOE, or visit

Editor's Note: Slide images and b-roll of the fireworks display are available by calling 775-588-2412 or emailing a request to

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