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Smaller Beaches and Bigger Crowds During Holiday Weekend at Tahoe

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Independence Day comes a day early at Kings Beach in 2017. On Monday, the 38th annual fireworks and beach party happens in north Lake Tahoe.

Joy Doyle is the executive director of the family friendly event and says this time around the spectators have less room on the beach.

“People have to sit a little more closely together, it doesn't seem like anybody's minding it at this point in time," said Doyle.

Crowds have less room to spread out as a result of a record breaking winter. More water has filled Tahoe to its natural rim, meaning less room on all beaches around the lake. Jeff Inhofer of California says he doesn’t mind the crowds.

"Things are super condensed as a consequence but whatever, we're friends with everybody so we'll just make a good time out of it," said Inhofer. “Certainly don't want to be on the drought end of things."

Doyle says fewer beaches and more water also won’t affect anyone's view of the fireworks. She says spectators can see the show even away from Kings Beach.

"People in buildings and homes, I mean there's a lot of people who enjoy the fireworks."

Kings Beach state recreation area can hold up to 20,000 people, and Doyle expects the beaches to reach near full capacity during the holiday. Despite the crowds, most spectators say they'll pick a crowded beach with more water in the lake over a depleted Lake Tahoe any day of the year.

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