By Steve Beauregard (Updated July 1st, 2017)
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 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.)
Each Fourth of July (in this year’s case, July 2nd), fireworks are shot off from casinos on the Strip, Fremont Street downtown, as well as on top of two other locals casinos off of the Strip.
Fireworks over Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Fireworks on July 4th 2017
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.
These include fireworks shows on the Strip, downtown, in locals casinos off the strip, a fireworks display at the downtown baseball stadium (on July 4th only), 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
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.
In 2017, Caesars Palace is the only Strip resort scheduled to hold a fireworks show. In years’ past, there have been fireworks shot off at Mandalay Bay’s beach and from atop the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, but those two resorts have discontinued the shows.
Caesars Palace July 4th Fireworks
Caesars Palace’s Independence Day fireworks show will be as follows:
Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 at 9:15 PM
Fireworks will be set off from the top of one of their towers, (likely the Julius Tower). In previous years the show began at 9 PM, however a representative from Caesars Palace told me this year’s show will begin at 9:15 p.m. Caesars website says they will start “around 9.” To be safe, I’d make sure I had my viewing spot before 9 PM.
Caesars Palace’s annual 4th of July fireworks show typically lasts 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 believed to be handling this year’s production as well.
(Here’s a view of the 4th of July Fireworks as seen from the Voodoo Lounge at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino)
July 4th Las Vegas Fireworks Viewing Spots
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.
The Vortex, for example, is a lounge atop the casino portion of the Linq and directly across from Caesars Palace. It has arguably one of the best views of the show. However tickets to get into the Vortex on July 2nd, will run you $204.46 (after taxes and fees). It does include a buffet-style meal and open bar. There is a $10 discount if you have a Total Rewards Card. The party starts at 7:30 PM.
A little south, at the Paris Las Vegas, you can pay $85 to watch the fireworks from atop the Eiffel Tower Experience. The price includes a souvenir picture and glass of champagne.
I’ve personally watched the fireworks from the pedestrian bridge between Bally’s and the Bellagio and found it to have great views as well.
(You can get more information about the fireworks festivities at the Caesars Palace Blog or at the Caesars Palace website here: Caesars.com)
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 usually does not shoot off a lot fireworks. Instead, the Fremont Street Experience light show goes ballistic, displaying fireworks graphics on both July 4th, and on New Year’s Eve.
The Plaza in downtown Las Vegas
However in 2017, Fremont Street will have a fireworks display, when fireworks are shot over the top of the Plaza Hotel & Casino on Saturday July 1st, at 10:45 PM. The short program will last four minutes.
It’s not fireworks related, just an FYI: this year on Monday July 3rd, 2017, Fremont Street will host a free concert by Ann Wilson, one half of the duo that made up the band Heart. The concert will run from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Other Las Vegas-area Fireworks Displays
There are other options for those of you willing to venture off of the Strip.
Red Rock Casino and Green Valley Ranch Fireworks
Red Rock Casino Resort Shoots off 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. Starting in 2015, the Independence Day fireworks took place at just two Stations’ resorts: Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort, while in 2016, only one Stations casino hosted hosted a fireworks show.
This year, that changes, as once again, two different Stations casinos will provide free fireworks displays.
Both the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson, and Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Summerlin, will have fireworks shows beginning at 9 PM on July 4th. The display will last 9 minutes at each casino.
Lake Las Vegas Fireworks
Located about 19 miles east of the Strip, the Lake Las Vegas resort area has an annual fireworks display that will continue this year. The fireworks will be shot off over the lake beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday July 2nd. The shows is accompanied by a performance by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra.
Lake Las Vegas is home to a July 4th fireworks display
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 play on Tuesday, July 4th, against the El Paso Chihuahaus. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. and fireworks will proceed after the game. Most seats for this game cost $16, or $19.50 after fees.
In addition, there are fireworks displays in North Las Vegas, Summerlin, Henderson, and Boulder City.
In 2017, the city of Henderson, (south and east of the Strip), is hosting their free fireworks show at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4th at Heritage Park. (In previous years, it was held at Mission Hills Park). Entertainment and festivities began at 6 p.m.
July 4th Strip Fireworks in Years’ Past
Below is a look at two Strip casinos who have held July 4th fireworks shows in the past, but who have stopped in 2017.
Mandalay Bay Fireworks
At the far south end of the Strip, Mandalay Bay, in years’ past, has shot off fireworks as part of a concert/beach party held at the resorts elaborate swimming pool area.
Fireworks have gone off at 8:30 p.m.
Both in 2015 and 2016, the Mandalay Bay fireworks show included a performance by the group, 311, who played at the Mandalay Bay Beach. And unlike other fireworks celebrations in Las Vegas, theirs is usually a two-night affair of fireworks. Called the “Red White and Boom,” the concert/party has been followed by fireworks after both shows. Tickets last year started at $57.00
Stratosphere Fireworks (Discontinued in 2017)
On the extreme, other opposite end of the Strip, The Stratosphere, has, in the past few years, lit up the northern part of the Las Vegas Strip with their traditional pool party and fireworks display. In 2016, the fireworks went off on Sunday, July 3rd, at 9 p.m.
The fireworks were shot off from the top level of the resort’s adjacent parking garage.
Last year, 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 ran at $65.40 each (after tax). Tickets to the Radius Rooftop Pool and Wet Lounge (as they call it), included free drinks from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This party was for adults only and was limited to 200 guests.
On the non-pool party side, in 2016 they also had 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 last year also cost $29.99.
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. To welcome in 2017, city official estimated that 330,000 watched the NYE fireworks on Las Vegas Strip. The city spent $500,000 on their NYE’s fireworks show this year.
(Below is information we published before the December 31st, 2016 fireworks shows. As of this writing, no plans have been announced for the 2017/2018 New Year’s fireworks show, but we will update this article when plans are formalized)
Traditionally, seven different casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have participated in a coordinated December 31st fireworks show.
The tradition continues this year. The Stratosphere, Treasure Island, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, Aria, Planet Hollywood, and MGM Grand will all shoot off fireworks atop their respective properties on the Las Vegas Strip. 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. Musical selections include songs from David Bowie, Prince, and Emerson Lake and Palmer. Of course, they’ll also play “Auld Lang Syne.”
Fireworks over the Las Vegas Strip
Places to Watch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip
For free? You can enjoy the fireworks from the Strip, as the road will be closed to traffic beginning at 5 PM on New Year’s Eve.
Also, any of the pedestrian bridges along the Strip act as good, free vantage-points in which to see the NYE fireworks display.
I’ve personally enjoyed the 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.
Those of you who don’t mind to pay a little (or a lot), to gain a good vantage point have plenty of options.
The Roman courtyard area out in front of Caesars (near the Bellagio side) will have a party area reserved from 10 PM to 12:30 AM on New Year’s Eve.
Prices start at $149 per person, and includes a premium open bar, space heaters, seating areas and a dessert bar. The VIP cabana type package (they call it the VIP “Living Room”) package runs $2,000 and includes seating for 8 with your own space heaters and bottles of both Belvedere and Dom Perignon.
Brand new this year is a party on top of the casino part of the Linq, overlooking the Strip.
It’s so new, the name of the club, “Clutch” isn’t even on the Linq website yet. However the club is actually part of the the Vortex area, which is the outdoor space on top (the 5th floor) of the casino part of the Linq Hotel and Casino. The space, d overlooks the Strip and promises wonderful views of the fireworks.
Your $200 ticket gets you a D.J., open bar, “late night bites” and a party from 10:30 PM to 1 AM.
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.
The High Roller will also sell individual tickets to ride, at $450 per person. For that hefty price, you’ll get a pre-party with open bar and D.J., before boarding a pod, which will also have an open bar and champagne toast at midnight, (but no bathroom – be warned.)
Places like the new Beer Park at the Paris Las Vegas have an elevated outdoor patio that offers great views. The cover charge of $125 gets you entrance, and an open bar from 9 PM to Midnight. (A champagne toast at midnight too). More elaborate reserved seating/drink packages at the Beer Park on New Year’s Eve run up to $2,000 per person.
The Level 107 Sky Lounge atop the Stratosphere charges you $269 on New Year’s Eve. It includes a 2 hour open bar. This is a different party than the Stratosphere’s “Stargaze NYE” party, which takes place on the observation deck. Tickets for this party start at $338 per person.
NY-NY Hotel and Casino
At the NY-NY Hotel and Casino, you can pay $187.20 for their “New Year’s Eve Bridge Bash” on the outdoor bridge section of the resort. This ticket price gets you an open bar from 8 PM to midnight.
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 (for $150 a ticket), however the free Las Vegas Strip street view isn’t bad either.
Miscellaneous Fireworks Tidbits
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.
Photos courtesy of InSapphoWeTrust, David Stanley, 8 News Now, and Michael Cortina, and ertuncaysmile via Flickr).