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Thousands Celebrate Independence Day A Day Early in North Tahoe

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Some people couldn't wait to celebrate Independence Day. Thousands of people went to Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe on Thursday to celebrate a day early as the North Tahoe Business Association hosted a beach party complete with a fireworks show.

"A lot of people are here," said Harry Traback of Homewood, California. "Lot of food, lot of different things."

"This is our third time coming out," said Georgy Pike of Carson City. "We love the deck party, it's fun. Last year, they didn't do a deck party, and we kind of missed out. This year, we're glad it came back."

People had a chance to compete in different events, starting with a sand castle building contest. Then, things got a little messy during the watermelon-eating contests. People were also judged on how their outfit reflected the spirit of the holiday in patriotic costume contests.

Of course, many waited hours for the main attraction... the fireworks!

"We've been coming to the Kings Beach fireworks show for about the last 12 years," said Bill Poland of Carnelian Bay. "We wouldn't miss this for the world because it's a great display of patriotism, and our love for our country."

By the time nightfall hit, everyone was in place to watch a spectacular show full of different colors and sparkles.

This fireworks show was completely funded by grants and donations from different organizations and individuals.

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