Las Vegas is full of sensory delights on any day of the year, but the charged atmosphere gets cranked up to an 11 over the 4th of July weekend, thanks to a handful of fireworks displays both on and off the Strip.
Because this is Vegas, after all, there has to be an enormous variety of viewing options. Want to watch the fireworks from a poolside cabana? That’s easy. From a helicopter so they’re at eye-level in the middle of the action? Not a problem.
Or maybe you just want to party at a rooftop club as the show goes off in the background? That can be arranged, too. Below, find all these and a few more stand-out options for celebrating America’s Birthday in Las Vegas.
As a big happy birthday the iconic 13-minute July 4th fireworks show at Caesars Palace will light up the Strip. Guests staying at the hotel get free entry to the viewing party at the Spanish Steps, but another great view of the display can be found across the street at The LINQ Hotel & Casino (especially from their High Roller attraction).
The Caesar’s show also coincides with the weekly Thursday Swim Night pool party at Drai’s Beach Club, which will be kicking as always, this time with the added bonus of the fireworks display.
Truth be told, anyone fortunate enough to be hanging around the vicinity of Caesars will get great views of the fireworks, whether you’re inside the Spanish Steps soiree or camping out atop a parking garage.
The Skyfall Lounge
Want a more upscale drink and dance environment while you catch the Caesars show? This seductive lounge on the 64th floor of The Delano Las Vegas is the place for you.
The lounge opens at 5 p.m., and reservations are usually required to get in. To secure your spot, you can reserve a table for around $40 a person. Which isn’t bad for Vegas.
The Plaza Hotel and Casino
Yearning for the “old” Vegas of Sinatra and Dean Martin? For a slice of true Americana, head downtown to The Plaza Hotel & Casino, which hosts an Independence Day party at its rooftop pool, complete with a classic hot dog eating contest.
Doors open at 5 pm, and the contest begins at 6, culminating with a fireworks show at 9. This is downtown’s only live fireworks show, and the elegant explosions will be set off from multiple locations on the Plaza’s roofs and towers.
Best of all, it’s completely free to attend, but if you want to make a night of it, rooms are going for less than your local Holiday Inn Express.
The enormous 11-acre pool scene at the Mandalay Bay hosts concerts all summer long, but on July 4 the venue is combining its live performances with a fireworks exhibition.
Even cooler, pun intended, is that the stage for the concert is built in the wave pool, allowing guests to dance in the water, a perk you’ll appreciate in a city where temperatures can reach 90 degrees at night.
Red Rock Las Vegas
Seeking a more cultured way to enjoy Independence Day? Head out to the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, about 20 minutes off the crowded Strip in Summerlin.
The resort is family-friendly and offers the same entertainment as the in-town mainstays (a casino, a pool scene, full-service spa, and plenty of bars and restaurants), but enchantingly lacks that “Vegas, baby, Vegas!” frenzy.
On July 4, the resort will have its own fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. Room rates for the holiday weekend are around $300 a night.
Sundance Helicopter Tours
If high flying adventure is what you seek, Sundance Helicopters can arrange for you to watch the fireworks rocket into the sky while you’re in flight with them.
The tour company is the only one to offer helicopter flights over the strip on July 4. Guests can choose either a 40-minute Fireworks Aerial tour with a champagne toast or the Twilight Picnic tour, which lands on a private bluff near the Red Rock Conservatory at sunset, with panoramic views of the Las Vegas skyline.
Las Vegas loves a party and the 4th of July is no exception. The celebration starts early in Vegas with hotel bars, casinos, and pool parties all decked out in patriotic decorations and many resorts compete to host the largest 4th of July fireworks show.
With the upcoming 4th of July 2020 falling on a Saturday, expect the good times to begin on Thursday, July 2nd, with most of the parties, fireworks display, and festivities taking place on Thursday, Friday Saturday, and into Sunday.
July 4th in Vegas is sure to be a phenomenal 4-day party in the sun and under the desert night.
New Year, Same You?
I can sum up New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas in one word: Wild. I certainly mean wild in a good way.
At midnight, the casinos launch a choreographed fireworks display that makes the Times Square ball drop look like child’s play.
Inside, Las Vegas shows are hopping with the hottest entertainment, and nightclubs in Las Vegas are crowded with celebrities looking their best.
If you’re curious about the weather in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve, expect something in the mid-50s. So, pack a sweater or a jacket just in case and keep an eye on the Las Vegas weather forecast to stay up to date.
Each Christmas, the Cosmopolitan transforms its Boulevard Pool into an ice rink with more than 4,000 square feet of real ice for you to gracefully carve. You can also roast smores by the fire pits, catch a holiday-themed double feature, or enjoy warm cocktails between light snow manmade showers that fall twice an hour.
The ice rink is open from mid-November to the first week in January (closed NYE) from 2:00 PM till midnight Monday-Friday, and noon-midnight Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $20 for all-day skating access, plus a $5 skate rental fee. If you don’t plan to skate, you can still visit as a spectator for free.
The Bellagio fountains are a beautiful attraction at any time of year, but they put on an extra-special show around the holidays, featuring performances of classic holiday tunes. Best of all, the show won’t cost you a thing.
While you’re there, step inside the Bellagio to see the Atrium and Conservatory. Both are entirely done up for Christmas with wonderful decorations and lights.
The annual Christmas display at the Bellagio Conservatory will transport you out of the desert into a festive winter wonderland.
Every year, the South Garden is decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, more than 28,000 poinsettias, and a spectacularly-decorated Christmas tree that’s over 40 feet tall. The tree alone is decorated with more than 7,000 LED lights and 2,500 ornaments.
The North Garden is home to the ice queen, decorated in couture gown made of red and white roses, silver palmetto leaves, hydrangeas, and orchids, and her elves, soldiers, and polar bear guardians.
Live holiday performances run nightly from 4:30-6:00 PM at the Victorian Gazebo in the South Garden.
Ok. Here’s the deal. Las Vegas looks like a war zone on July Fourth with countless fireworks being shot off from parks, streets, and backyards all over the valley. It’s quite the spectacle, especially if you’re watching from an elevated vantage point or happen to be flying into McCarran at the time. Is this do-it-yourself approach legal? Well, mostly yes, but barely.
Assuming that you are likely heading into town as a visitor for the holiday, it’s probably best to stick to the script and enjoy one of the many wonderful shows provided for you.
However, if you’re anything like me, you won’t listen to convention and do your own thing. I always recommend asking the locals for suggestions. So, find a local bar or diner and jump in. I find it much easier to be direct with my intent and questions in these situations.
Ask straight-up questions and you’ll likely get straight-up answers.
One thing is for sure, Las Vegas knows how to throw a celebration. Whether you find yourself soaking up the rays poolside on July 4th or lacing the skates up around Christmas. You are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime on your Sin City vacation.