Updated June 18th, 2021
Unlike you and I, the biggest party city in the world doesn’t take a day off on the 4th of July.
Sin City goes all out on Independence Day, setting off thousands of fireworks that light up the nighttime sky over the Strip even more than usual. Last year’s show was cancelled of course, but in 2019, over 320,000 people visited Las Vegas during the holiday.
Each Fourth of July (or the closest weekend to), fireworks are shot off from casinos on the Strip, Fremont Street downtown, as well as at some off-Strip casinos.
This year, on the Las Vegas Strip, fireworks will be shot off on Sunday, July 4th at 11 PM.
Other displays in Las Vegas include fireworks shows at the Plaza Hotel Casino downtown, in locals casinos off the strip, at the new baseball stadium, and in the nearby suburb of Henderson.
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 Strip July 4th Fireworks Date & Time 2021
Sunday July 4th, 2021: 11 PM
In year’s past, Caesars Palace did all the heavy lifting on the fourth of July. In some years they were the only casino to launch fireworks.
However in 2021, seven casinos are joining forces in a coordinated show, in which fireworks will be shot off from the top of their respective resorts.
The Strip casinos launching July 4th fireworks this year are as follows:
- Aria Resort & Casino
- Caesars Palace
- Planet Hollywood
- Resorts World Las Vegas
- The Strat
- Treasure Island
- The Venetian Hotel & Casino
Caesars Palace’s fireworks are set off from the top of one of their towers, the Julius Tower. Not to be outdone, the Strat is lighting off their fireworks from the top of their 1,149 foot tower. In past years, the show has typically lasted for 13 1/2 minutes.
A professional fireworks company called “Fireworks by Grucci” has been in charge of the show for many years and is handling this year’s production on the 4th as well, per Grucci’s website.
July 4th Las Vegas Fireworks Viewing Spots
With fireworks being lit up from Aria on the more southern end of the Strip to the Strat on the north end, almost anywhere along with Strip will offer good viewing of the aerial display above.
One of the better spots is the steps near the Purple Zebra bar, right in front of Caesars Palace, but expect it to be jam packed. With fireworks being lit at both Treasure Island and the Venetian, a spot on the Strip between these two resorts should give you plenty of bang for the buck.
Other than having a free viewing spot on the Strip itself, several casino bars and lounges provide fantastic views of the fireworks, but for a steep price.
I’ve personally watched the Caesars fireworks from the pedestrian bridge between Bally’s and the Bellagio and found it to have great views as well.
Most casinos will have some sort of viewing parties and drink specials. In addition, right across the street from Caesar Palaces’ fireworks show, the Linq Promenade has had (in years past), a family-friendly pre-fireworks party, including a sunset parade of lights at 8 PM and a “Lights at the Linq” dance show.
Many of the bars and restaurants along the Linq Promenade will have drink and food specials on the 4th. We’ll update this as soon as plans are announced.
The Strat Fireworks
On the far northern end of the Strip, the Strat Hotel & Casino shoots off fireworks from the top of their tower, making these fireworks perhaps the most visible in the valley. The Strat will also illuminate their tower in red, white and blue starting at dusk.
To view this show from the tower, tickets are priced at $40.
Las Vegas Fireworks Viewing Parties
* A great, (but pricey) viewing spot is directly across from Caesars at Margaritaville attached to the Flamingo Hotel & Casino. This bar sets right on the Strip.
Their fireworks viewing party costs $135 per person, and includes an open bar, appetizers, and guaranteed seating. Reservations can made through Eventbrite.com. (I didn’t see a link on Margaritaville’s website as of this update).
* The Paris Casino’s Beer Park, which overlooks the Strip and the fountains of Bellagio, is always busy on the 4th, and true-to-form, reserved seats for 7/4/21 sold out in mid-June. (Tickets started at $107.99 for two people with $100 of that being food and beverage credit).
* Clubs like Ominia at Caesars Palace and Drai’s at the Cromwell have great Strip views, however neither has any sort of special viewing party (as of this update).
July 4th Concerts & Shows on the Las Vegas Strip 2021
Wanting more than just fireworks to pack into your Vegas Independence weekend? The Strip entertainment scene is busier than usual on the 4th, with a plethora of concerts and shows. Many are already sold out, but tickets can be found here via Ticketmaster. (I am an approved Ticketmaster & Vegas.com affiliate and may receive a commission when you purchase show tickets).
The three big ones are as follows:
Bruno Mars at Park MGM – Bruno Mars will perform 9 PM shows on Saturday July 3rd, as well as at 9 PM on the 4th. His other July dates include the 9th and 10th, as well as concerts on 7/23 and 7/24/21.
Miley Cyrus at Resorts World – Billy Ray’s little girl helps open up this $4.3 billion brand new resort on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip with a nighttime concert at the hotel’s Ayu Dayclub on the 4th. The show will be broadcast on the massive 100,000 square foot LED screen on the side of the resort. Three hundred dollars gets you in the door (No, the $300 is not a misprint). Tickets can be found here: ZoukGroupLV.com (they are the nightclub company that operates the dayclub.)
Illenium at Allegiant Stadium – The popular EDM artist Illenium plays the very first concert at the new(er) Allegiant Stadium, near Mandalay Bay. This show takes place Saturday, July 3rd at 8 PM.
After closing during the pandemic, everyone from comedians to magicians to male strippers are back on the stage, welcoming crowds.
Other popular shows taking place all weekend include: The Blue Man Group at the Luxor, Terry Fator at the NY-NY, and always-popular Cirque shows Mystere at Treasure Island, and Cirque du Soleil show “O” at the Bellagio.
Mandalay Bay 4th of July 2021
At the far south end of the Strip, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino has often had a fireworks show, but that doesn’t appear to be the case this year.
In past years, they took place on Mandalay Bay Beach, the resort’s elaborate and spacious swimming pool/beach area. Fireworks were launched after the traditional July 4th beach concert.
This year’s July 4th beach concert will feature Sublime with Rome on Sunday, July 4th, 2021. Ticket prices are $55.96 as of this writing. This is for general admission, standing room only, and can be found at the Ticketmaster link here:
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, however that’s now stopping one Fremont Street hotel from hosting a fireworks show again.
As part of their 50th anniversary celebration, the Plaza Hotel & Casino’s Independence Day celebration will have three nights of fireworks!
July 2nd, 3rd & the 4th – 10 pm
The best viewing spot for these fireworks are at the Plaza’s rooftop pool area. In past years, they had a big fun free party on the patio, (with patriotic $12 red/white and blue frozen drink specials).
I’m unsure as to whether or not there is an entry fee this year. I’ll update this section if and when prices are announced.
In addition to the real fireworks, virtual fireworks are always part of the Fremont Street Experience light show during the Independence holiday weekend with a ballistic, patriotic display shown on the giant screen above the crowds.
Other Las Vegas-area Fireworks Displays
There are other options for those of you willing to venture off of the Strip.
Red Rock Casino & Green Valley Ranch Fireworks 2021
The Stations Casinos chain of locals casinos annually holds a July 4th fireworks show, and they will continue that tradition this year. In past years, Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho Casinos have had fireworks shows and pre-parties, however that is not the case this year.
As in years past, this year both the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson, and Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Summerlin, will have fireworks shows.
The display will last ten minutes at each casino.
Green Valley Ranch – 9 PM on July 4th, 2021
In years past, GVR has concerts leading up to the fireworks show and a pool party open to the public. However the last show in 2019 was a party reserved for invited guests only.
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa – 9 PM on July 4th, 2021
Those not staying at Red Rock can catch the show from the resort’s south parking lot.
Lake Las Vegas Fireworks 2021
Located about 19 miles east of the Strip, the Lake Las Vegas resort area usually hosts an annual fireworks display. It’s on their official calendar, however an exact time for this year’s show has yet to be announced.
In past years, fireworks were shot off over the lake on July 4th at 9 PM.
Patriotic Music During the Fireworks
In recent years, four different Las Vegas radio stations have played patriotic music during the displays. These include Sunny 106.5, 95.5 The Bull, 93.1 (the Mountain) and Real 103.9.
Las Vegas Aviators/Summerlin Fireworks on July 4th
Summerlin is usually home to two different July 4th fireworks displays.
There’s the show at Red Rock Station (see above), along with fireworks at the town’s new impressive minor league baseball stadium: Las Vegas Ballpark.
Like with many other minor and major league baseball teams, the Las Vegas Aviators ball club typically hosts an after game fireworks display on or near Independence Day.
This year, the Aviators play at home against Sacramento, on Saturday July 3rd, 2021. Game time is 7:05 PM, and the fireworks will take place after the game.
The city of Henderson, (south and east of the Strip), has often had a free fireworks show that annually takes place at 9 p.m. on July 4th at Heritage Park. Plans for 2021 have yet to be announced as of this update.
Water Park Fireworks
Cowabunga Bay – the popular east-side Sin City waterpark – has fireworks every Saturday night. In the past, they have had fireworks on the 4th, however they have yet to announce plans for this year.
On the opposite end of the valley, Wet n’ Wild waterpark has what they call their, “Red, White, & Wild” party starting at 8 PM. Theire will be fireworks when it gets dark.
Miscellaneous Fireworks Tidbits
* The weather for July 4th is typically hot (go figure), with an average daily high of 103.5 degrees. While temps during the fireworks show at nighttime will be cooler course, those are partially offset by all of the buildings and bodies trapping heat on the Strip.
* In 2014, (the first year the Linq promenade was open), Caesars Entertainment (owners of the Linq) held a July 4th fireworks display at 9:30. Fireworks were set off behind the High Roller observation wheel.
* In 2018, to celebrate their 20 year anniversary, the Las Vegas Philarmonic performed a “Star Spangled Spectacular” at the TPC Summerlin Gold Course, after which a fireworks display by Zambelli, (“The first family of fireworks”), took place.