You might think that Vegas has enough lights in the sky, but the city celebrates the 4th of July every year with spectacular fireworks displays and celebrations, lighting every corner of the Las Vegas Valley. It's also prime pool season in July so the 4th is a great time to hit up one of the city's many pool clubs where the hottest DJs are sure to be spinning.
July 4th is all about the fireworks and if you're visiting Las Vegas for the holiday you'll want to know where to see the displays and where to find other all-American entertainment.
Fireworks locations can vary from year to year but typically you'll find them at several locations around town.
The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
The hotel will be launching fireworks from their property at 9 p.m. on July 4. The fireworks display by Grucci will launch from various locations including the top of the tower.
The center Strip will light up at 9:15 p.m. when Caesars Palace puts on their July 4th firework display. While visible from in front of the property, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas and also from The LINQ promenade, guests on the High Roller will have a bird's-eye view of the experience.
The sky above Mandalay Bay Beach will light up with fireworks accompanied by performances by 311. Guests will be treated to 311’s hits, classics and rarities on July 3 & 4. The band also will play their Blue Album in its entirety July 4. Both shows will be followed by fireworks over the Las Vegas Strip. Doors open at 8 p.m. and performances start at 9 p.m.
The Stations Casinos properties, which are local casinos across the valley, will shoot off fireworks displays from their Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson and their Red Rock Resort in the northwest at 9 p.m. on July 4.
For a more small-town 4th of July experience, try Boulder City's Damboree celebration. There's a pancake breakfast, games, a parade, and of course, a large fireworks display at 9 p.m.
The City of Henderson also holds an annual 4th of July celebration with live music, games, activities and a fireworks show at 9 p.m.
Fremont Street Experience
You can watch virtual fireworks on the Viva Vision canopy July 3 and 4 at the Fremont Street Experience. The festivities include performances from patriotic band, Madison Rising, on July 3 and July 4 from 9:10 p.m. – 10:40 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage. The visual fireworks and patriotic images – set to some of America’s favorite songs – will be shown overhead following each regular Viva Vision show between 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
For the best view of fireworks in Las Vegas, visit one of the many spots around town that offer views overlooking the Strip and valley. Try Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay, Ghostbar at the Palms or Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub at the Rio. For restaurants with a view, there's Alize at the Palms or the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris.
Another great attraction that will offer plenty of views of the fireworks is the High Roller observation wheel at The Linq. The High Roller will offer special 4th of July packages and will be lit up in red, white and blue for the holiday. Book a private 30-minute cabin experience for up to 30 people for $1,500 or a private 30-minute cabin experience complete with Sky bar and private bartender for up to 25 people for $2,800. There will also be a special Happy Half Hour admission for $65 that includes in-cabin open bar. General admission on July 4th is $50 for adults, $40 for youth ages 13 - 17 and free for 12 and under.
Fireworks at the Stratosphere take place at 9 p.m.
Tower Party at the Stratosphere
Enjoy the July 4th Stratosphere fireworks from indoor or outdoor observation areas on the 108th and 109th floors of the Stratosphere Tower. Party includes a DJ and two free drinks between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission for guests is $14.99 and $29.99 for non-hotel guests. Tower thrill rides are $5 each or $49.99 for unlimited rides.
Level 107 Lounge party at the Stratosphere
Enjoy the fireworks from a table or booth inside the Level 107 Lounge on the 107th floor of the Stratosphere Tower. Admission for guests is $14.99 and $29.99 for non-hotel guests. Cocktails, food and bottle service are available for additional fee. DJ sets are planned between 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. and 11 p.m. - 4 a.m. You must be 21 to attend this party.
Radius Rooftop Pool & Wet Lounge at the Stratosphere
Experience the fireworks up close at this VIP Party at the Stratosphere's rooftop pool. "Pin Up" star and Playboy's 2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair will host the party. There will be a DJ and other live entertainment plus an open bar (call drinks) from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Admission is $49.99. You must be 21 to attend this party.
8 Pool at the Stratosphere
This July 4th party starts at 6 p.m. on the 8th floor pool deck and includes entertainment from Vegas' favorite Zowie Bowie from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Drinks and food are available for purchase. Admission for guests is $9.99 and $19,99 for non-hotel guests. A limited number of cabanas are also available for rental.
Celebrate July 4th 550 feet in the sky. The High Roller observation wheel is offering a variety of special July 4th packages that start at 7 p.m., go 30 minutes and include:
The LINQ Promenade
Celebrate July 4th starting at noon on the LINQ Promenade. There will be lots of family-friendly activities including face painting, balloon animals and a special ice cream trike throughout the day and evening. Also that evening Daniel Parks will give a special concert that will conclude with the Nellis Honor Guard performing a flag ceremony and the Caesars Palace fireworks at 9:15 p.m. The final performance of the night will be an LED drum line immediately following the fireworks.
Eiffel Tower Experience
Secure an elevated spot to watch the Caesars Palace fireworks when you purchase the tower's July 4th package. For $79.50 guests get one drink and access to the Eiffel Tower beginning at 8:45 p.m. From there you'll get a great view of the Caesars Palace fireworks show that will start at 9:15 p.m.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
Guests can enjoy a July 4th party on the Margaritaville 3rd floor patio for $125 per person. The party includes a patio view of the Caesars Palace fireworks and an open call brand bar with heavy appetizers. The party goes from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4.
Friday, July 3
Saturday, July 4
Sunday, July 5
Tacos & Tequila at Luxor Hotel and Casino
On July 4th, restaurant guests can enjoy a holidy combination a domestic beer and the choice of one of the following for $18:
Trevi Italian Restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars
From July 2 - 5 Trevi will offer:
Rhumbar at The Mirage Hotel & Casino
Rhumbar will feature a new drink for the holiday weekend, The Patriot. The Patriot ($12) is a mixture of American Harvest vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, blue Curaçao and egg whites, garnished with stars made of Angostura bitters. The bar will also host extended happy hour specials from 2 to 6 p.m. Rhumbar's resident DJ will spin from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday - Thursday.
Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Cabo Wabo will offer drink specials July 3 - 5 and a live music performance from Shawn Eifferman on July 4. Their featured drink will be the Fiesta Firework daiquiri ($19) which includes layered strawberry daiquiri, piña colada and blue curacao.
The Deck at Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa
The Deck pool will feature drink specials for 4th of July. Specialty cocktails will include the Tropical Mule and Coconut-Lime Margarita and guests may ‘make it a large’ by adding an additional shot to any cocktail for an additional $4. Partiers can celebrate the holiday with friends and order one of Aliante’s 58-ounce pitchers for $30 or a beer bucket special priced at $36 for six beers. The pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through the holiday weekend, with day-passes available to non-hotel guests for $20 per person.
Serendipty 3 is rolling out the BBQ specials for July 4th starting with the Maple Bacon Cronut Sundae for $17.76. So they take Bourbon and burnt sugar ice cream, butterscotch and maple walnut sauces topped with two fresh fried maple bacon cronuts, fresh whipped cream, candied bacon sprinkles and maple glazed bacon strips. Mouth watering yet? Then try the PBR BBQ Feast for 2 at $60. It includes:
PBR Rock Bar
For $15, guests can enjoy many of the restaurant’s specialty burgers or hot dogs, plus a 16-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon draft beer on Saturday, July 4. Diners can sit outside on the renovated patio’s picnic-style tables for a traditional Fourth of July vibe.
Rockhouse will be celebrating Fourth of July with a Hot Dog and a Cold One deal — a Rock Dog and a 16-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon on draft served for 50 percent off. The Rock Dog is a 100 percent beef foot-long hot dog with bacon, onion, tomato, jalapenos and cheese.
Wet Republic is doing the holiday the only way they know how -- wet. Their new signature cocktail is delicious, refreshing and, most of all, super wet. The WET White and Blue is full of Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Blue Curacao, Minute Maid Lemonade, a splash of Sprite and a drop of Grenadine in the bottom of the glass. That's how we stay wetted at Wet Republic.
Tom’s Urban inside New York-New York is celebrating red, white and blue all month with its All-American Summer Menu featuring food and drink specials. Starting on July 1, guests are invited to indulge in American-inspired specials such as fried dill pickles, bacon jalapeño mac & cheese and Backyard Cheeseburger Sliders. In addition, guests will be able to imbibe with specialty cocktails including Fire Cracker, Watermelon Pimmp, Melon Cooler and more. The specials are available July 1 - 31.
Las Vegas is known for its raucous pool clubs. During the summer you’ll discover no shortage of hot parties (both in temperature and popularity) making big splashes in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Although each one offers a slightly different experience, expect to be enveloped in an adult-oriented water playground of fun where the alcohol flows freely, the music pounds out from the speakers and scantily clad bodies dance the afternoon away. If you’re considering bringing a book or basking in a tranquil setting, think again. Pool clubs are loud and often rowdy. Here are some other things you should keep in mind.
Carry proof of ID
Pool clubs are just like nightclubs. Upon entry you’ll have to show a doorman that you’re of legal age (21 or older). A driver’s license, passport or government-issued identification card is usually acceptable.
Don’t bring a cooler
Leave all beverages and snacks in your room. Although it may seem like a handy and cost-saving idea to pack some supplies for the afternoon, don’t bother. You won’t be allowed to bring them past the door. Generally speaking, all refreshments must be purchased at the pool club.
Expect to have anything you do bring (especially purses, bags and backpacks) searched
This won’t happen at every pool club, but it’s common at the ones that accommodate a large number of revelers. Security personnel at the door will examine every nook and cranny within your belongings. Not even the TSA goes to such extremes! The goal behind this is to keep illegal drugs out. So among the items prohibited and typically confiscated are over-the-counter medications (such as a bottle of Tylenol), vitamins or anything in pill form. An array of liquids – ranging from contact lens solution and eye drops to hand sanitizer – are also banned. Of course, sharp objects and anything that looks like a weapon will be taken from you. You may even have to give up things like a pack of gum or wet-naps.
The line for guests to purchase general admission tickets can be long, especially on weekends. Clearly, you’ll want to spend your day socializing by the pool – not waiting to get in. Plus, those who arrive at the beginning can spread their towels and lay claim to prime spots on the deck or near the water’s edge. At some dayclubs you’ll even be rewarded for showing up when the doors open with a lounge chair at no cost.
Avoid the line entirely by reserving a cabana
Procuring seating in advance – whether it be a chaise lounge, daybed, lilypad, cabana or bungalow – will speed up your entry at the pool clubs. In addition, if you’re traveling in a group of guys, you really need to make some sort of VIP arrangement to expedite your entrance…or get some ladies to join you while you wait in line! Although pricey, cabanas, in particular, are great because they come equipped with luxuries like a flat-screen TV, a mini fridge stocked with bottled water and a safe for your valuables – all of which will make your afternoon more enjoyable and worry-free.
Be mindful of money
Since you’re trying to limit the number of possessions you bring to the pool club, what should you do about cash? You can’t get it wet and you won’t want to leave it unwatched with your other things. Waterproof armbands, wallets or small pouches worn around the neck are a few ideas. Instead of coins and notes, credit and debit cards are handy when you want to run a tab. At some pool clubs, ATMs are in the bars or just a short stroll away inside the casino. At others, like Wet Republic in MGM Grand, there are banks of lockers for guests to use. And it works to your benefit to patronize the pool club located in your hotel because then you can just charge everything to your room.
Keep yourself hydrated with water
It’s no secret that the heat in the desert can rise to uncomfortable levels. In fact, the average summer temperature in Las Vegas is 106° F. Taking a few seconds throughout the day to sip water will pay off by lowering your risk of passing out or suffering from heat stroke.
Bring sunscreen and apply it regularly
If you forget, most pool clubs do sell it. Get one with an SPF of at least 30. The best sunscreens have zinc oxide or titanium dioxide listed among their active ingredients. Be sure to reapply it often if you’re swimming or sweating a lot. Those who aren’t careful are sure to regret it later – due to a painful, unsightly sunburn.
Wear a hat and sunglasses
A hat with a wide brim is a good choice. You’ll look mysterious. All the Hollywood stars do it – especially the fair-skinned ones like Anne Hathaway and Nicole Kidman. You’ll also want to protect your eyes, as too much sunlight can lead to vision problems and dizziness. Wraparound shades or sunglasses that have UV coating are your best bets.
Wait until later to get hammered!
Got big plans for the evening? If you don’t hold back a little at the pool clubs – particularly when it comes to drinking – you won’t be going out later. You’ll be passed out in your room instead. Have fun and enjoy a few cocktails, but wait until the sun sets to get really slammed in Las Vegas’ world-class nightclubs.
Two more bonus tips…
For the ladies: Put on your trendiest, most stylish swimwear…the sexier the better. You’ll want to look your best and strut your stuff when you’re poolside. Behind their dark sunglasses, men will be taking notice – and perhaps buying you drinks!
For the gentlemen: If you’re at one of the city’s “European” pool clubs, which means that tops are optional for women, don’t gawk or leer or resort to catcalling. And don’t try to take any photographs with a camera or your cell phone. You’ll not only be paid a visit from security, but you may also be asked to leave.