The biggest party city in the world doesn’t take a rest on two of the biggest party days of the year, New Year’s Eve, and the 4th of July.
Sin City goes all out on the two days, setting off thousands of fireworks that light up the nighttime sky over the Strip even more than usual. (As if the town needed more color, lights and excitement in its night life.)
On each of the two holidays, New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July, fireworks are shot off of the tops of several casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as well as some other locals casinos off of the Strip.
In addition, there are fireworks displays at a downtown baseball stadium and in the nearby suburb of Henderson. There’s even a fireworks show at a beach! Mandalay Bay’s beach, that is.
In fact, the online booking travel site, Travelocity, has put Las Vegas in the top five of the country’s top 4th of July fireworks experiences.
Las Vegas Fireworks on July 4th, 2016
While not as large as the Strip’s New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration (hardly anything else in the world is), there are still a number of fireworks shows in Las Vegas that help celebrate America’s birthday.
Las Vegas Strip Fireworks
(TV footage of the Las Vegas Strip’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks)
Unlike the coordinated, seven-casino fireworks extravaganza held annually on the Strip on New Year’s Eve, Caesars Palace does the heavy lifting on the fourth of July.
Caesars Palace July 4th Fireworks
Caesars has traditionally set off fireworks from the top of one of their towers, beginning at 9 p.m. on July 4th. On occasion, the fireworks display has occurred on the nearest Saturday near the fourth, rather than the 4th itself. This year, however, the 4th occurs on a Monday, so Caesars’ fireworks display will take place on Sunday July 3rd.
For 2016, the Caesars Palace fireworks show will again start at 9:00 p.m., with the fireworks launched from the top of the resort’s Julius Tower. One of six towers at Caesars, this newly remodeled and expanded section of the resort was previously called the “Roman Tower.”
Caesars Palace says the 4th of July fireworks show will last for 13 1/2 minutes.
A professional fireworks company called “Fireworks by Grucci” is in charge of the show again, as they have been in year’s past.
As part of Caesars Palaces’ 50th anniversary celebration, the Independence Day fireworks show will include a block party in the plaza and steps directly in front of the resort.
In 2014, (the first year the Linq promenade was open), Caesars Entertainment (owners of the Linq) held a fireworks display at 9:30. Fireworks were set off behind the High Roller observation wheel.
— Caesars Palace (@CaesarsPalace) January 1, 2016
Mandalay Bay Fireworks
At the far south end of the Strip, Mandalay Bay will continue their annual fireworks tradition. It’s usually part of a concert/beach party held at the resorts elaborate swimming pool area.
Fireworks are expected to go off at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3rd.
As in 2015, the 2016 Fireworks show will feature the group, 311 playing at the Mandalay Bay Beach. And unlike other fireworks celebrations in Las Vegas, this will be a two-night affair of fireworks. Called the “Red White and Boom,” the concert/party will be followed by fireworks after both shows. One is on Saturday, July 2nd, and the other the next day on Sunday, July 3rd. The last tickets I saw started at $57.00
On the extreme, other opposite end of the Strip, The Stratosphere lights up the northern part of the Las Vegas Strip with their traditional pool party and fireworks display. This year, 2016, the fireworks will go off on Sunday, July 3rd, at 9 p.m.
The fireworks are shot off from the top level of the resort’s adjacent parking garage.
Tickets to their July 3rd fireworks pool party at the Elation pool (on the 8th floor), cost $30 plus tax, (so $32.70 total per person I believe).
Tickets for the higher-up and more exclusive Radius Pool on the 25th level are $65.40 each (after tax). Your ticket to the Radius Rooftop Pool and Wet Lounge (as they call it), includes free drinks from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This party is for adults only and is limited to 200 guests.
On the non-pool party side, they also have tickets to get to their levels 108 and 109. This level names are misleading in that they are actually the levels at the very top of the Stratosphere. Level 109, in fact, is the high observation deck which is perched 866 feet above the Las Vegas Strip down below.
July 3rd tickets to the Stratosphere’s Level 107 Lounge also cost $29.99.
In 2015, tickets to watch the fireworks from Levels 108 or 109 at the Stratopshere’s Observation Deck costs $29.99. This included a free open bar from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. And while tickets to the general public cost $29.99, guests staying at the hotel only had to pay $14.99.
Other Las Vegas-area Fireworks Displays
There are other options for those of you willing to venture off of the Strip.
Stations Casinos Fireworks
In the past, the Stations Casinos chain of “locals” casinos has held fireworks at five of their properties: Aliante, Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho, and Texas Station. Last year, the Independence Day fireworks took place at just two Stations’ resorts: Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort.
For this year, only one Stations casino will host a fireworks show.
The Palace Station Hotel and Casino will have a fireworks display on Friday, July 1st beginning at 9 p.m. The show is more to celebrate Stations Casinos 40th anniversary, than it is to celebrate the U.S.A.’s independence, as July 1st, 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Palace Station.
Lake Las Vegas Fireworks
Located about 19 miles east of the Strip, the Lake Las Vegas resort area will shoot off fireworks over the lake at 9 p.m. on Sunday July 3rd.
Las Vegas 51’s Baseball Team Fireworks
Like with many other minor and major league baseball teams, the Las Vegas 51’s ball club typically hosts an after game fireworks display on either July 4th, or after the home game that takes place closest to the holiday.
This year, the 51’s are home on July 4th, playing the Salt Lake City Bees at Cashman Field, which is just a little north and east of Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. and fireworks will proceed after the game.
In addition, there are fireworks displays in North Las Vegas, Summerlin, Henderson, and Boulder City.
In 2016, the city of Henderson, (south and east of the Strip), is hosting their free fireworks show at 9 p.m. on Monday July 4th, at Mission Hills Park.
Downtown Fremont Street Las Vegas Fireworks
It’s sort of hard to see fireworks in the sky, when your view is blocked by a gigantic canopy. This is why downtown Las Vegas does not shoot off fireworks. Instead, the Fremont Street Experience light show goes ballistic, displaying fireworks graphics on both July 4th, and on New Year’s Eve.
Places to Watch the Fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip
A pod on the highest Ferris wheel in the world isn’t a bad place to watch the Strip fireworks below, just be prepared to pay for it. One Vegas news source has reported that ticket prices for the High Roller New Year’s Eve pod packages run up to $5,000. That’s to rent an entire pod, with it stopping for the fireworks show. Drinks are included as well.
You could also pay the fireworks premium to watch the show at rooftop bars at places like the ones atop the Mandalay Bay and the Rio, however the free Las Vegas Strip street view isn’t bad either.
I’ve personally enjoyed a July 4th fireworks show from the pedestrian bridge linking Bally’s to the Bellagio. The pedestrian bridge from The Cromwell to Caesars is a fine spot as well.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip
Each New Year’s Eve, over 300,000 revelers crowd the Strip to party and watch the fireworks display. This year, city official expect 330,000 people to welcome in 2016 on the Strip.
Traditionally, seven different casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have participated in a coordinated December 31st fireworks show.
The tradition continues this year, as Sin City is going to go all out to welcome in 2016. The Stratosphere, Treasure Island, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, Aria, Planet Hollywood, and MGM Grand all shooting off fireworks atop their respective properties on the Las Vegas Strip. Unlike July 4th, when the fireworks go off at 9 p.m., the Las Vegas New Year’s Eve fireworks show starts at midnight.
Just like last year, there will be 80,000 fireworks set off during a fireworks display lasting eight minutes and eight seconds. As is custom, the fireworks show will be accompanied by music. There will be selections from Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson, along with a special nod to Frank Sinatra, in honor of the 100 year anniversary of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birth.