Vegas prepares for an explosive 4th of July weekend

Fireworks, parties on the Strip

People watch fireworks over Caesars palace from a pedestrian bridge over the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, July 4, 2010.

People watch fireworks over Caesars palace from a pedestrian bridge over the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, July 4, 2010. Photo by Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun.

You might think that Vegas has enough lights in the sky, but the city is celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks displays and celebrations all weekend long, lighting every corner of the Las Vegas Valley.

If you’re headed to the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace lights the sky with a rooftop fireworks display Sunday night at 9:15 p.m.

Guests at Mandalay Bay can check out Mandalay Beach, which is celebrating with a fireworks display and concert by Mystic Roots at 9 p.m. on July 4. Admission is $25 and doors open at 8 p.m.

If you aren’t on the Strip, Stations Casinos is putting on a nine-minute fireworks show at five of its resorts, covering most areas of the valley: Aliante Station, Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station and Red Rock Resort. The display also celebrates the company’s 35th anniversary. It starts July 4 at 9 p.m, giving you a few options for wherever you may be.

If you want to catch some fireworks early, The Village at Lake Las Vegas celebrates on July 3, with a live DJ, face painting and a performance from the Henderson Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra plays at 8 p.m., with the fireworks show starting at 9 p.m.

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s “Nights of Fire” event starts July 3 at 5 p.m., featuring NASCAR racing and fireworks. Tickets run $15 for adults and $6 for children.

The Las Vegas 51s baseball team will have fireworks after their game with the Colorado Sky Sox on July 3. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

The City of North Las Vegas is holding their Independence Day Jubilee Saturday, from 6 – 9 p.m. at James Seastrand Park, located at 6330 Camino Eldorado Boulevard. The Prince cover band Purple Reign plays and there will be plenty of food and ice-cold beer. Admission is $2 per person.

The City of Henderson starts the festivities at Basic High School July 4 at 6 p.m, featuring live entertainment. The highlight of the evening will be the 18-minute fireworks show, which kicks off at 9 p.m.

If you’re looking for something different, a very traditional 4th of July party is just a 30-minute drive away from the Strip in Boulder City. The small-town feel of the 63rd Annual Damboree 4th of July Celebration is sure to give you a case of nostalgia, with festivities starting at 10 a.m. July 4 at Broadbent Park, including food, drink, games and contests, followed by live music and a fireworks show at Veterans’ Memorial Park. Fireworks start at 9 p.m., with live music starting at 7 p.m. and continuing at 9:45 p.m.

Located just 45 minutes south of the Strip, Primm Valley Casinos celebrates July 4 with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

If you want something to do before and after the fireworks dazzle you, one of these patriotic parties in some of Vegas’ best nightlife spots and cultural venues is the place to be.

The El Cortez in Downtown Las Vegas is celebrating on Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. with a classic car show, live bands and pizza.

McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon in the Rio is hosting “Red, White and Booze” Saturday night. It starts at 8 with “Happy 2 Hours,” featuring an all-you-can-drink cocktails for $15. At 10, it’s open bar until 1 a.m., at $20 for ladies and $30 for guys. Guests can also partake in red, white and blue Jell-O shots for $2, or join the chugging contest for the chance to win a BBQ.

Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub celebrates July 4 with $4 regular shots, $4 draft beers and by giving any woman in a red, white or blue bikini their first drink for free. They’ll also be debuting two specialty drinks: “Sweet as Apple Pie” and “Give Me Cotton Candy.”

“Married to Rock” star Josie Stevens will be appearing at Posh nightclub Saturday night, hosting a swimsuit contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes.

Stratosphere’s Level 8 Pool is hosting a July 4th pool party from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy $3 shots, $8 food specials, bikini blackjack and poolside games with no cover charge.

PBR Rock Bar & Grill at Planet Hollywood is partying from June 30 to July 4, with drink specials like red, white and blue daiquiris and $5 Washington Apple shooters. Expect a live DJ throughout the weekend and their famous BBQ.

Tacos and Tequila at the Luxor is serving the 100-ounce Flagpole Daiquiri all month long. The drink is made up of three patriotic colored components: strawberry daiquiri (red), piña colada (white) and coconut banana (blue). It costs $35 and refills are $25.

Rhumbar at the Mirage is celebrating the 4th with DJ A+ spinning for their patio party. They’ll be serving up their signature Pink Sugar cocktail and the patriotic Sparkling Cosmopolitan.

Azure Luxury Pool at The Palazzo hosts the appropriately named “Red, White and Azure” party, with American BBQ classics Saturday and Sunday. It costs $15 to get in and the BBQ features Kobe beef burgers, ribs, hot dogs and more. The pool will be decked out in red, white and blue while DJs spin throughout the weekend.

The Springs Preserve celebrates on July 2 with “Red, White and Tunes.” From 8 p.m. to 10, enjoy some music from UNLV’s band, snow cones, hot dogs and more. Gates open at 7, and admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-17. The Springs Preserve is located at 333 South Valley View Blvd.

If you want to cool down, The Resort on Mount Charleston is about an hour away from the Strip, 20 degrees cooler and an entirely different experience from the Vegas Strip altogether. They’re offering a BBQ Buffet from noon to 4 p.m. on July 4, along with $2 draft and $3 well drink specials while you’re up there enjoying nature’s splendor.


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  1. Jim at 10:40 am

    Serisously forget dealing with the traffic down at the strip and head out to the Moapa Travel Plaza and put on your own show! It’s totally legal to bufy and shoot off fireworks out there. They have every firework known to man (well like 99% of them). Take the I-15 North just past Vegas.