Best Place to See the Sky Light Up on the 4th

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South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

The 22-mile-long lake morphs into a giant mirror, reflecting the 2,000 shells that color the night sky on July 4: Gaze up or down, you can't miss the show. For the best seat in the house, station yourself at the Armstrong Pass trailhead-8,700 feet up Freel Peak.