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Officials seek $25K in donations for Tahoe City fireworks

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

Fireworks exploded over Lake Tahoe as part of the 2013 Fourth of July fireworks show in Tahoe City.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Tahoe City officials are again looking toward the community to help cover expenses to light up the night sky with fireworks this Fourth of July.

The Tahoe City Downtown Association, which puts on the display and associated entertainment, estimates it will cost $40,000, up from last year's expense of $30,635 due to increased fireworks, insurance/permitting and event costs, said Stacie Lyans, executive director for TCDA.

Since March, TCDA has raised approximately $15,000 through business sponsorships and donations from local businesses, residents and past donors, she said.

Yet an additional $25,000 needs to be raised by July 4.

This funding gap will not put this year's event in jeopardy, since TCDA has paid nearly $10,000 toward the expense of the fireworks, which serves as a down payment.

However, if the shortfall isn't covered through additional donations, TCDA will be responsible for covering the bill.

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"If we don't raise the needed funds, we could end with a overall budget deficit as an organization for 2015," Lyans said. "If we can't cover our costs, we will need to re-evaluate executing the July 4th fireworks in future years."

Canceling the show is hoped to be avoided, she added, since it serves as a visitor attraction.

"Tahoe City streets are packed; hotels, shops and restaurants are full; and visitors are happy," Lyans said. "The weeks surrounding July 4th are considered as the busiest and highest revenue generating time of the year in Tahoe City, North and West shore businesses. Plus with recent low-snow winters our local businesses depend on successful summers to survive."

This marks the 70th year of Tahoe City's Fourth of July Fireworks Show, with it scheduled at 9:30 p.m. July 4 lasting between 18 to 20 minutes.

It can be viewed from Commons Beach in Tahoe City, or in other locations. Prior to the fireworks the Bell Bottom Beach Bash will take place, including music, activities for all ages and food vendors.

How to donate

• Visit visittahoecity.org/events/4th_of_july to do so online.

• Write a check to TCDA and mail to PO Box 6744, Tahoe City, CA 96145.

• Note: Donations may be tax deductible under provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.