A Vegas Fourth: Fireworks in the sky, stars on stage

The Strat Hotel, Casino & Skypod will be one of seven resorts in Las Vegas to blast fireworks on July 4. Photo Credit: LVCVA

Las Vegas is tempting tourists to forgo languid backyard barbecues and traditional community parades and venture to the desert for the Fourth of July.

The Strip-wide fireworks that were canceled on New Year's Eve because of Covid-19 concerns will be ignited from seven resort rooftops at 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.

The Aria Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Resorts World, the Strat Hotel, Casino and Skypod, Treasure Island and the Venetian will participate in the show, featuring Fireworks by Grucci. No plans to close the Strip to motor traffic for the event have been announced.

It's the first time the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has presented fireworks for Independence Day, which at the height of summer heat is not normally a particularly busy holiday for the city.

"Las Vegas is a city built on hospitality and entertainment, and we are thrilled to welcome visitors back from around the country," said Kate Wik, chief marketing officer for the LVCVA. "The excitement throughout the destination is palpable, and we know the pent-up demand to visit is real."

Live entertainment, with 100% capacity, has resumed, and that weekend will feature a number of stars and productions, including:

• Illenium, July 3, the first concert performed in the new Allegiant Stadium. "Trilogy" will be a three-set concert commemorating his previous three albums.

• Grammy award-winning superstar Bruno Mars at Park MGM, July 3 and 4.

• Dave Chappelle at MGM Grand Garden Arena, July 2 and 3.

• Magician Shin Lim at the Mirage, starting July 1, kicking off a multiyear run for the "America's Got Talent" winner.

• "O," the latest Cirque du Soleil production to resume, at Bellagio, starting July 1.

• Questlove, July 1, at Gatsby's Cocktail Lounge in Resorts World; followed by DJs Brody Jenner and Devin Lucien, July 2; Karma and DJ Shift, July 3, and DJ E-Rock, July 4.

• Miley Cyrus at Ayu Dayclub at Resorts World, July 4.

Other fireworks on the Fourth of July weekend will include the Plaza Hotel & Casino all three weekend nights, with packages available; Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa on the west side; and Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino and Lake Las Vegas at 9 p.m. July 4 in Henderson.


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