Red, white and booze: The hottest Fourth of July parties in Las Vegas

There’s no better place to exercise your freedom than in Las Vegas, where you can party nearly around the clock. The pools, nightclubs, bars and lounges will be rocking on the Fourth of July – with more crazy, booze-fueled events continuing all weekend long. In true Sin City fashion, the 2014 Independence Day celebration begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. From patriotic pool parties and barbecues to a truly bang-up lineup of DJs appearing in the nightclubs, you’ll barely have time to sleep.

At the pool clubs

For daytime revelers, Drai’s Beach Club at The Cromwell will have Arty on July 4, Helena on July 5 and Bourgeous and Tony Junior on July 6. Warren Peace will also be out there on all three days.

DJ Pauly D at Liquid Pool Lounge

DJ Pauly D at Liquid Pool Lounge

DJ Pauly D is delivering a special birthday set at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria on July 5. Expect to see DJ Shift spinning alongside the “Jersey Shore” star.

Spend July 5 with the “Krew” – i.e., Krewella. Fresh off their 2014 Verge Tour, this energetic trio from Chicago will be headlining Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay.

Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan has a lineup for the holiday weekend that’s sure to make pool party goers sweat: EC Twins on July 4, Carnage on July 5 and Cash Cash on July 6.

On July 4 at TAO Beach in The Venetian, enjoy the All-American Fourth of July BBQ, which will feature a pig roast. The menu will also include Kalua pulled pork with sweet Hawiian buns, Wagyu sliders, sweet and spicy rib tips and mini hot dogs. Eric D-Lux will provide the music. Start partying a day earlier with Pink Cookies on July 3, or come back for more fun on July 5 with Kirill, who will be presenting a fabulous “Las Rageous” event with DJ Politik. And on July 6, rapper Tone Lōc will treat daytime revelers to a special performance.

Spend three days whooping it up poolside at Wet Republic in MGM Grand with this sun-sational lineup: Afrojack with Burns on July 4, Calvin Harris on July 5 and Tiësto on July 6.

DayDream at M Resort

DayDream at M Resort

DayDream at the M Resort is throwing a patriotic pool party on July 4. Revelers can dance to music spun by DJ Sandman, compete in beer pong and sip on the Ultimate Root Beer Float, an alcohol-infused version of the beloved all-American drink.

For some hot fun in sun, Encore Beach Club has planned an Independence Day Weekend extravaganza that includes Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on July 4, Zedd on July 5 and Steve Angello on July 6.

Featuring DJs from Mars along with Mark Stylz, the Ditch Friday party at Palms Pool & Dayclub on July 4 is sure to be a blast. Blonde bombshell Katy Tiz, known for her cover of Rock Mafia’s song “The Big Bang,” will perform on July 5.

Temptation Sunday at Luxor will be holding its Fourth of July blowout on July 6 with host J.Son and guest DJ Morningstar.

At the nightclubs

Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell will begin partying before Independence Day with DJ Reach and EFX on July 3. Come back and hear Ummet Ozcan and Helena on July 4 and Crooked on July 6.

TAO Nightclub at The Venetian will be in full party mode on July 3, thanks to the Snoopadelic Cabaret hosted by Snoop Dogg with DJ Five. On July 4, Khloe Kardashian will celebrate her 30th birthday with sounds provided by Eric D-Lux, and on July 5 listen to a special DJ set by Grammy-nominated DJ, producer and rapper Khaled.

Gareth Emery at Marquee Nightclub

Gareth Emery at Marquee Nightclub

If you’re looking for are a couple of nights that are sure to be a bang, head to Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan. On July 4, Gareth Emery will be manning the turntables, and on July 5, Kaskade’s euphoric sound will be manifested during his signature Summer Lovin’ event.

Full of patriotic pride, Hakkasan at MGM Grand will start its Independence Day festivities on July 3 with Michael Woods in the main room and Crooked in the Ling Ling Club. On July 4, Tiësto will appear with Dzeko & Torres in the main room while MOS will be in the Ling Ling Club. The fun continues with Calvin Harris and Burns in the main room and Eric D-Lux in the Ling Club on July 5 and Dada Life with The Chainsmokers in the main room on July 6.

Surrender at Encore has scored a firecracker of a lineup with Ne-Yo on July 3, Dillon Francis on July 4 and Morgan Page on July 5.

Martin Solveig at XS

Martin Solveig at XS

Independence Day weekend debauchery is taking over XS at Encore with the sexy nightclub showcasing Martin Solveig on July 4, Steve Angello on July 5 and Fedde Le Grand on July 6.

1 OAK at The Mirage will have its fabulous weekly Flashback Friday party on July 4 with a special performance from rap icon Too Short. On July 5, the celebration continues with comedian and rapper Nick Cannon, who will do an exclusive guest DJ set.

Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will have Throwback Thursday with DJ Hope on July 3, followed by DJ Koko on July 4 and a performance by R&B/pop artist SoMo (aka Joseph Somers-Morales) on July 5.

Spend July 4 listening to the stellar sounds of Jermaine Dupri in Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas, and then return on July 5 for more fun with Konflikt.

DJ Drama at Chateau Nightclub

DJ Drama at Chateau Nightclub

On July 4, Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas will observe both Independence Day and UFC International Fight Week by having a UFC Expo event hosted by the UFC’s Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez with Combat Lifestyle’s Tracy Lee. The scene will shift on July 5 when DJ Drama comes to rock the decks with DJ Koko.

The Dukes of Hazeard will take over Haze Nightclub at Aria on July 3. On July 4, as part of the big ​Fight Night and Fourth of July weekends, the club will welcome MMA ring girls Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer. The gorgeous ladies will host a pre-fight party, and then resident DJ Loczi will set the night on fire with music for dancing. On July 5, DJ Pauly D’s birthday celebration, which will start in the afternoon at Liquid Pool Club, moves into Haze at night, where there will be a Red, White & Bikini Contest with $5,000 in cash prizes.

At the bars and lounges

As if the spicy food isn’t enough to set your weekend on fire, Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor is having a weekend-long fiesta from July 4 – 6. Priced at $15, fiesta goers can satisfy their food and drink cravings with the “Americano” combo, which includes either a matador burger or Sonoran hot dog, served with chorizo fries and a Coors Light. For truly nationalistic party animals, T&T’s 100-ounce frozen flagpole daiquiri (it has flavors in the colors of red, white and blue swirled together, thus creating a patriotic appearance) will be sold all weekend long for only $35.

PBR Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

PBR Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

PBR Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has been designated the official party host for the 2014 UFC International Fight Week that runs from July 1 – 6. So while you observe Independence Day, you can also partake in lots of UFC fun. Luke Rockhold, a former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion who is currently ranked No. 5 in official UFC middleweight rankings, will appear at the bar on July 2. On July 5, UFC 175 fans can watch Weidman vs. Machid, which will be broadcast on nearly 50 HD TVs and two projection screens. Admission ranges from $25 – $75, depending on the package you purchase. PBR Rock Bar will also treat fans to a free showing of “The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Edgar vs. Penn” on July 6.

The Irish love independence as much as Americans do. Share the spirit at Rí Rá Las Vegas, which is located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place in Mandalay Bay. This pub has décor that hearkens back to 19th century Ireland. The Black Donnellys, who perform a fun selection of folk and traditional Irish songs, are appearing July 1 – 6, 8 – 13 and 15 – 20. If you get hungry, Rí Rá is also featuring its Yank Burger (three-quarters of a pound of all-American beef, topped with American cheese and smoked bacon on a toasted sesame seed bun) for the Fourth of July.

Michael Grimm and his band at Ravello

Michael Grimm and his band at Ravello

Michael Grimm is kicking off a three-week engagement at Ravello Lounge in the M Resort on July 4. Come see the season five winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” up close and in person.

Show your patriotism by ordering special red, white and blue mojitos (all made with Montecristo Platinum rum) at Rhumbar in The Mirage from July 4 – 6.

Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo has a drink special that would even be appealing to Uncle Sam. Get $5 Firehouse Double Barrel Ale (DBA) drafts on July 4, 5 and 12.

Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will be celebrating the Fourth of July with their the “El Americano” daiquiri, priced at $19. It’s layered with flavors of strawberry (red), piña colada (white) and vida loca (blue).


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