4th of July Tahoe Fireworks are back as Lawsuit Settles
I’m incredibly happy to report the end of the Lake Tahoe fireworks lawsuit and the continuation of the 4th of July and Labor Day fireworks shows!
The fireworks displays were under threat of shutting down because of a 2013 lawsuit filed by two Tahoe residents which challenged the ability of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority (LTVA) to conduct the fireworks displays without a permit. LTVA has put on the events for decades, and also operates an extensive, next-day cleanup program that captures the fireworks debris as well as cans, bags and other trash that makes its way into the Lake.
The LTVA and the plaintiffs were able to reach a settlement that will provide for enhanced oversight and cleanup, allowing for continued fireworks shows and maintaining the quality of Tahoe’s beaches.
I had recently addressed a crowd of Lake Tahoe business owners, public officials, and concerned citizens regarding the economic harm facing the area, if the annual 4th of July and Labor Day fireworks shows were to shut down.
Generations of families have built memories around these fantastic fireworks shows and local businesses depend heavily on these blockbuster holiday weekends. Countless jobs and even entire businesses would have been on the line with an estimated three-to-ten million dollars in direct losses for the community.
I’m so pleased that we were able to find a solution in the community, instead of the courtroom. Holiday fireworks are such a critical part of this region and this economy. The second I heard they were under attack I stepped in and worked to keep them alive. I look forward to the biggest and best shows ever this summer.