So you’ve come to Vegas to celebrate the good ole U.S. of A, have you? Well get ready, because you came to the right place. There’s no such thing as red, white and gloom, and in this town we’ve already started celebrating. Big shock there, huh? We’ve got a list of parties, drinks, food specials and more but let’s talk about where you can see the real show. It just wouldn’t be the 4th without a crescendo of oohs and aahs, perfectly timed to an impressive display of cracks, booms and sizzles. Get ready to crane your necks toward the sky because Vegas is in full celebration mode and there are plenty of great places to catch fireworks. Happy 239th Birthday ‘Merica, you sure look good for your age.
The Stratosphere, Caesars Palace and Mandalay Bay will set the sky on fire at around 9 p.m. It’s going to be over the top no matter where you see it from, but we recommend you get as high as possible (literally – not figuratively). For $79.95 per person, the Eiffel Tower Experience in the Paris is giving guests a VIP view of the fireworks from the tip top of the Strip. The package includes early access at 8:45 for whatever it is you can do in a standing room only venue: schmoozing, taking photos, awkwardly inhaling someone’s aftershave. Oh, and it includes a free drink.
If you’ve got an extra $1,500 lying around, The High Roller observation wheel at The Linq has special 4th of July packages that will let you reserve a private cabin for 25 to 30 of your closest friends. Before you think it’s going to cost you major dolla dolla bills, that’s about $50 to $60 each. Now, head to the bar and start making friends. July 4th Happy Half Hour admission will set you back $65 and includes an in-cabin open bar, while regular admission is $50 for adults and $40 for youth.
If you like piña coladas (yeah, it’s now stuck in our heads too), or any type of booze for that matter, then Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is hosting a 3rd floor patio party on the 4th. Tickets are $125 per person and you’ll be able to wet your whistle with an open bar and appetizers. Space is limited so call ahead.
It’s hard to beat the view from an outdoor patio above the 50th floor but that’s exactly what you’ll get at the Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub in the Rio and Ghostbar at the Palms. Guests will be living the high life in these ultra swanky lounges with premium views of all the fireworks festivities on the Strip.
If payday isn’t until next Friday, we’ve still got you covered. Pack a turkey sandwich and climb your way to the top of any of the parking garages on the Strip, and you’ll get a bird’s-eye view for free.
Not to be outdone, the local casinos are getting in on the action too. Green Valley Ranch, on the east side of town and Red Rock Casino on the west side of town, are also launching their own fireworks shows. In honor of the nation’s 239th birthday, the casinos have brought in a fancy-schmancy group from New Yawk to knock your patriotic socks off. If you’re one of the lucky guests staying at the properties this weekend, we highly recommend you watch the shows poolside with a cold drink in your hands. That’s right, go on and double-fist, you’re not driving.
A good ole slice of Americana is what you can expect at the 67th Annual Boulder City Damboree Celebration. You may not be able to gamble in this small town, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to party. The Independence Day festivities start at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Bicentennial Park, followed by a parade that is infamous for starting top-notch water gun fights in the streets of Boulder City. There’s lots of stuff to do around town during the day including games, booths, food and a flag raising ceremony. The party moves to Veteran’s Memorial Park at 6 p.m. where you can spread a blanket out under the stars and soak in all kinds of red, white and beautiful fireworks at the 9 p.m. show.
Here’s your chance to blend in with the locals at Mission Hills Park. Can you believe that people actually live here? The City of Henderson’s celebration is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes live entertainment, local high school groups selling concessions, activities for the kids and of course, a traditional fireworks display. The event is free and you won’t even have to worry about parking. A shuttle service runs continuously from Foothill High School to the park after 5:30 p.m.