Get ready to look up and be awed, NorCal adventure seekers! Travel North Tahoe Nevada is gearing up to paint the night sky with the 2nd annual SkyShow this Fourth of July. This isn’t your average fireworks display, though. The SkyShow is a drone-powered spectacle that puts community safety, inclusivity, and environmental sustainability front and center.
This free-to-attend SkyShow will light up the evening from 7-11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, at the Ridgeline Ballfields, conveniently nestled next to Incline Middle School. And get this – there’s not just one, but two light shows! A laser show, crafted to perfection by Summit Creative with synced tunes by DJ Mark Sexton, will get the party started at around 9:30 p.m. Then, as the clock ticks closer to 10 p.m., the night sky will be set ablaze with the main event – the Incline Village Crystal Bay SkyShow, orchestrated by the maestros at Verge Aero.
The inaugural SkyShow last year, brought to life by the IVCB SkyShow Coalition, wowed over 5,000 spectators with the first and largest commercial drone show ever to grace the skies above Lake Tahoe. This year, the organizers are cranking up the wow factor even more. The evening’s lineup is chock-full of pre-show entertainment, family-friendly activities, a food and beer garden, and the mesmerizing laser and drone shows. The viewing area has been spruced up to offer spectators the best spot to take in the 250 drones and lasers illuminating the Sierra summer sky.
An alarming 19,500 fires were sparked by fireworks in 2018 alone, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and nearly 30% of these firework-related blazes occur on the Fourth of July. The SkyShow aims to snuff out this risk in North Tahoe by swapping traditional fireworks for drones, striking a balance between celebrating and preserving our most precious asset, the land.
“Travel North Tahoe Nevada is proud to be a part of the July Fourth SkyShow. Our goal is to foster sustainable travel and visitation,” says Andy Chapman, President/CEO of Travel North Tahoe Nevada. “This event is an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to celebrate the holiday in a way that protects Lake Tahoe and leaves the town in a better state than before.”
However, to keep this eco-friendly spectacle soaring in the coming years, additional funding is needed. Partners such as Travel North Tahoe Nevada and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, along with other generous donors, have already collectively pledged $111,000. The SkyShow’s expenses cover everything from music and entertainment to the drone and laser show, logistics, safety and security personnel, traffic control, event permits and insurance, and local advertising.
Want to join in supporting this incredible event? Head over to http://www.ivcbskyshow.org/ to donate or learn more. You can also check out stunning images from the 2022 SkyShow on their website. So, mark your calendars, folks! Let’s celebrate the Fourth of July the NorCal way – with sustainability and adventure intertwined.