Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day, celebrated in the hot summer Tahoe sun at Inclince Village in Nevada. Beer pong and beach umbrellas. Bikinis and boats. A day for families and friends to get together and relax. Some started the day at 5am to secure a spot on the busy beach, seeing it all the way through to a barbeque scented dusk.
Two blondes in bikinis sit on the beach with jet skis in the water in front of them; A young boy in a lifejacket and an adult’s hat dances in the soft sand, showing off to his family and friends.
A young man in boardshorts with a beer in hand chats to relatives, all lined up in beach chairs looking out to Lake Tahoe.
Pulled up at the designated boat parking sign, two couples swap lifejackets and jet skis.
Paper stars printed with the American flag hang from the top of a beach umbrella, blowing gently in the warm breeze.
A grandfather in an American flag shirt stands at the edge of Lake Tahoe looking at boats packed full of family.
Wearing American flag shorts and speedos, a group of young friends socialise in the shade, the sparkling Lake Tahoe behind them with traces of snow still visible on the distant mountains.
Two friends chat and laugh in the shade, watching the beach volleyball; A grandmother buys her grandson a snow cone, both showing their patriotism in American flag hats and shorts as they stand beneath a fluttering flag.
The American flag flies amongst the pine trees.
A child’s American flag flip flops in the sand.
Three different types of transport on the sparkling Lake Tahoe, a yacht, a motor boat and jet skis; A man in American flag boardshorts take a photos of a bikini girl posing with a man in an American flag one piece lycra suit.
Two police officers have a talk with a group of young men about the dangers of swimming in a “boats only” section of the beach.
Crushed empty PBR beer cans lie abandoned on the sand.
Friends sit around the edge of the beach volleyball court in the sun while two guys throw a ball in the air behind them.
As the sun sets people the length of the beach begin barbecuing, preparing to wait another few hours at the beach to see the fireworks, the golden beach now filled with towels, friends, drinks and barbecue smoke.
A young couple, dressed now for the cooler evening, soak their feet at the edge of Lake Tahoe as the sun sets, the golden light catching in a smoke from barbecues the length of the beach; After a hot crowded beach day, a man takes a few minutes at dusk alone on a yacht at the water’s edge, American flag at the top of the mast glowing in the setting sun.