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Las Vegas celebrated the 4th of July in 2021 with a massive New Year's Eve-style fireworks show on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas4th of July fireworks on Las Vegas Strip | 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It's the Fourth of July and Las Vegas celebrated with firework shows around the Las Vegas valley.

Fireworks started at 9 p.m in the Henderson area. There were fireworks at Galleria at Sunset mall, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Lake Las Vegas and M Resort hotel-casino.

There were also fireworks again in downtown Las Vegas at 10 p.m. The Plaza hotel-casino is celebrating both the Fourth of July and its anniversary this year. This was their 3rd night of fireworks.

A New Year's Eve-style fireworks show on the Las Vegas Strip began at 11 p.m. Fireworks were launched from the rooftops of several hotel-casino properties on the Las Vegas Boulevard. Last year's New Year's Eve show was canceled because of the pandemic. This year's fireworks show was more than 8 minutes long and produced by Fireworks by Grucci.

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Las Vegas is bouncing back, but the virus is on the rise too

KGMI 05 July, 2021 - 07:18pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fifteen months after the pandemic transformed Las Vegas from flamboyant spectacle to ghost town, Sin City is back. 

Tourists are streaming in again, gambling revenue has hit an all-time high, the Las Vegas Strip has its first new casino in a decade, and big concerts are starting at a gleaming new stadium. Plexiglass panels installed to separate gamblers at the poker and blackjack tables have largely been removed, the world-famous buffets are reopening, and nightclub dance floors are packed. 

Vice President Kamala Harris was set to visit Saturday for what the White House is calling the “America’s Back Together” tour celebrating progress against the virus. 

But that progress is threatened: Nevada this week saw the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the country, hospitalizations are on the rise again, and the highly contagious delta variant has become the most prevalent form of the virus in the state, adding urgency to the campaign to get more people vaccinated.

Still, in a place where the economy runs on crowds and uninhibited behavior, a return to pandemic-related restrictions and mask requirements seems to be off the table.

Inside the casinos, guests are not required to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated, but employees do not appear to be asking anyone for proof. 

“It seems like everything is opening back up, getting back to normal,” Teresa Lee, a 47-year-old tourist from Nashville, Tennessee, said Thursday as she stood on the Strip, looking out over the fountains in front of the Bellagio casino.

Lee said she is vaccinated and felt safe in Las Vegas because she read about the casinos’ efforts to get their workers and their families vaccinated.

Tyler Williams, a 22-year-old from Eugene, Oregon, said it didn’t feel as if there was a pandemic anymore because “people are everywhere.” He said he had seen hardly anyone with a mask apart from a few foreign tourists and felt no need to wear one himself, because he is vaccinated.

Las Vegas fully reopened and lifted restrictions on most businesses June 1, though many casino-resorts had already returned to 100% capacity before that with approval from state regulators. Visitor numbers, while not at their pre-pandemic highs, have grown by double digits four months in a row.

Shows and fireworks are scheduled for the July 4 weekend, and the new 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium where the NFL’s relocated Raiders will kick off their season this fall was set to host its first major concert Saturday, by electronic dance music star Illenium. It will be followed by a full-capacity show from Garth Brooks next weekend.

Over the past two weeks, Nevada’s diagnosis rate of 190 new cases per 100,000 people was higher than that of Missouri, Arkansas and Wyoming — all states with lower vaccination levels — and the state public health lab found the delta variant in almost half the COVID-19 cases it analyzed.

Also, the number of patients hospitalized with the virus has grown 33% over the past week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though the levels are far below what they were in December, when hospitals were near capacity.

State biostatistician Kyra Morgan said Friday that the spike in cases might be attributable to the full reopening of the state and city in June and that the return of crowds and big events on the Strip could cause the increase to continue.

“If we know anything about COVID, we know that when people are gathering in close proximity to one another in large volumes, that is the recipe for COVID transmission to increase,” Morgan said.

State and local officials said that almost all the new cases and hospitalizations involve unvaccinated people and that the best way to attack the problem is by getting more shots in arms. Nevada has fully vaccinated 45% of those 12 and older, well below the nationwide level of 55%, according to the CDC. 

“We are a state of skeptics when it comes to vaccines,” Morgan said. “We have a lot of anti-vaxxers, frankly, in the state of Nevada.

State and local officials, who in May went so far as to hold a vaccine clinic at a strip club, said they are trying to find more ways to persuade people, including the launch of a cash raffle.

Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who took the unprecedented step of shuttering casinos for 11 weeks last year when the pandemic started, said Thursday he will ask for help from the COVID-19 response teams that the Biden administration is dispatching to boost testing and vaccinations in communities with outbreaks.

Sisolak’s office did not respond to questions about whether he is considering reimposing mask mandates or other restrictions, but Las Vegas-area officials say they are following the CDC’s guidelines, which say it is safe for fully vaccinated people to go mask-free.

“At this this point, there is no discussion about increasing restrictions to the business and social life here in Clark County,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, chief health officer in the Las Vegas area. “Getting better numbers in immunization is the solution for this problem at this point.”

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A new law that went into effect last week could limit how Indiana's governor responds during a state emergency.

The law, which went into effect on July 1, allows the Indiana General Assembly to call itself into special session during an emergency, giving them more power to intervene in mandates and restrictions the governor puts forth. Holcomb has filed a lawsuit questioning the legality of the law, citing part of Indiana's constitution that says the governor is the only person allowed to call the legislature into a special session.

Lorraine is responsible for setting up 10 firework shows in three days, including two on Friday and Saturday and six on Sunday.

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Las Vegas neighborhood shows its patriotism on 4th of July

KTNV Las Vegas 05 July, 2021 - 07:18pm

This year, there’s plenty of options to watch fireworks and have fun with your family.

Some neighborhoods are also throwing their own kind of celebration, even though they don’t have parades.

Residents living close to Craig Road and Rainbow Boulevard decided to embellish their homes with patriotic flags.

David Galbreath has seen how his neighborhood has changed over the last 17 years. He walks around it every day and wanted to bring that sense of community to the rest of the neighborhood.

“A whole bunch of us neighbors decided we needed to know everybody else, so we all decided that we would put all of them together and we put it in and we want people to know that we're here," shared Galbreath.

Last Thursday, several homes already had the flags and residents said this is bringing also a sense of pride and joy for this country.

"Because I'm free to do so, I am free to do so. Only in America. God Bless America," said Ricky Valdez.

For others, it's also a reminder that you're not alone and that a helping hand could be as close as next door.

“I've lived in a different neighborhood and I didn't know my neighbors, and I met these guys in the first day and then I met Liza the next day and then Dave, so yeah, that's been really great, because I've only lived here in this place a year and a half," shared Geri Hunt, a Marine veteran.

While the differences at each house may stand out, folks here say the diversity in the neighborhood is what makes them strong.

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Las Vegas resorts look to build on leisure traveler momentum

Las Vegas Sun 05 July, 2021 - 07:18pm

Tourists ride escalators to Planet Hollywood and the Miracle Mile Shops on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday, April 17, 2021.

In the video clip, the woman walking through a Las Vegas resort tells viewers that “it’s time to go places normal has never been.”

Normal — at least in a pre-COVID-19 sense — would seem to be an attractive development as Las Vegas continues to rebound from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, but that’s not what MGM Resorts International is attempting to sell in an ad campaign launched last month, about three weeks after all COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in Clark County.

The “it’s time campaign” is highlighted by the short video clip, which began playing on platforms such as Hulu, Roku, among other spaces, on June 21.

According to Sarah Moore, MGM vice president of marketing, it’s part of a larger “rallying cry” to help drive visitation back to a city that welcomed about 42 million tourists in 2019 but only about half of that last year.

“We know this is the right time to get back to what makes us innately human — to come together and share experiences,” Moore said. “We’re back at 100% capacity now, so it’s an important time to celebrate.”

In some areas, Las Vegas has come close to a return to business levels witnessed before the pandemic.

In May, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 2.9 million people flocked to the city, a month-over-month increase of 12% from April.

Also last month, about 3.5 million arriving and departing passengers passed through McCarran International Airport, a 600,000-person jump from April.

Still, both metrics remain below figures for the pre-pandemic month of May 2019.

While the Strip and downtown Las Vegas are busy places on weekends, slow-returning feeder segments like the convention industry and international travel remain heavily affected by the aftershocks of the pandemic.

According to LVCVA statistics, weekend hotel occupancy in Las Vegas in May was about 88%, not far from the May 2019 figure of 96%.

But weekday occupancy is a different story. Hotels in the Las Vegas Valley were only 63% full in May, off from 88% during the same month in 2019.

That’s largely because conventions have yet to fully return to the city, though the World of Concrete trade show last month did return to the Las Vegas Convention Center to much fanfare.

Michael Massari, chief sales officer for Caesars Entertainment, said he is excited about convention bookings for the company’s 300,000-square-foot Caesars Forum meetings facility.

Caesars Forum, which sits just east of the Strip between East Flamingo Road and Sands Avenue, was scheduled to open in 2020, but those plans were altered by the pandemic.

The facility had hosted a number of small events — usually only up to 50 or 100 people depending on the COVID-19 restrictions that were in place at time — in recent months, but was able to host its first small convention, with about 1,200 attendees, in June.

“That kicked off what will be a pretty solid calendar (for Caesars Forum) for the next year or two,” Massari said. “People’s desire to meet has never been higher and their understanding of why they meet face-to-face has never been better. A year of going without face-to-face gatherings, I think, really solidified that in people’s minds.”

In fact, Massari said, Caesars wrote more new contracts for events during the 12 months after the onset of the pandemic in Las Vegas than in any other 12-month period in the company’s history.

“Customer demand for future meetings never waned,” Massari said. “We were still a little concerned by companies saying things like they’re only going to send seven people (to a convention) when they used to send 10, but I think we’re going to have a good remainder of the year.”

For now, as convention business trickles back, it’s the leisure traveler who will have to carry the day. After all, convention business in the city is still so low, the LVCVA hasn’t even started to track attendance, something it stopped doing during the height of the pandemic last year.

“There’s pent-up demand out there,” Moore said. “People are excited to be back out there. What we’re doing is deeply rooted in consumer sentiment.”

According to the most recent state casino gaming win figure, pent-up demand seems to be a very real thing.

In May, according to Nevada gaming regulators, casinos pulled in $1.23 billion, an all-time record.

Casinos on the Strip won $655.5 million in May, up nearly 27% from the same month in 2019.

Like MGM, Wynn Las Vegas has also made a push to enhance leisure travel bookings, possibly also sensing the time is right to pounce.

The company, which has the Wynn and Encore resort towers on the north side of the Strip, recently launched an online booking service that provides “fully planned” and “near-inclusive” group vacation packages.

The service touts a collection of “never too late to celebrate” group getaway packages for up to eight people.

The packages, which include a two- or three-night stay at Wynn or Encore, start at $3,600. They include transportation to and from McCarran International Airport.

“After 15 months of separation, we are making it as easy as possible for our guests to relax and reconnect with loved ones,” said Marilyn Spiegel, president of Wynn Las Vegas. “We’ve had a lot of interest in these curated experiences. We’re at the top of the market, but the top of the market has responded very well recently. We’re very close to being sold out every weekend.”

For those who haven’t traveled to Las Vegas, there’s also plenty to see for the first time.

Resorts World, the $4.3 billion megaresort on the Strip’s north end, opened last month, as did the $1 billion Circa Las Vegas property downtown late last year.

There’s also Allegiant Stadium, which will welcome fans to football games and concerts this summer and fall, and the Convention Center’s $1 billion expansion, which features a sleek underground people-mover transportation system.

If there is a cloud of doubt about the Las Vegas recovery, it’s likely centered on the state’s ominous recent rise in coronavirus cases.

On Thursday, state health officials reported 543 new cases and 11 deaths, which continued a recent trend of positivity rate increases.

Though there have been many positive signs of economic recovery, the momentum in Las Vegas could be tempered, according to Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, by “scary test percentages and low vaccine percentages.”

While uncertainties remain, Moore said the time is now for MGM — and Las Vegas — to do what it seems to do best.

“Here at MGM, we exist to entertain, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do,” Moore said.

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Kamala Harris visits buzzing Las Vegas as it recovers from crippling COVID lockdown - News Chant USA

News Chant USA 04 July, 2021 - 04:57pm

The VP touched down to search out Sin City again to one thing like its regular self, with revelers streaming in once more, playing income hitting an all-time excessive, the Strip getting its first new on line casino in a decade, and large live shows beginning at a gleaming new stadium.

During a speech to union staff on the Carpenters International Training Center, Harris touted the White House’s deliberate $1.2trillion infrastructure bundle, which she vowed would nice ‘good union jobs’.

‘This year not solely will we have a good time our independence,’ Harris stated in feedback reported by the Las Vegas Sun. ‘We will have a good time our nation’s resilience, as a result of this year America is coming again collectively, as a result of this year America is getting again to work.’

However, she warned that America’s recovery might be stunted by the unfold of COVID-19 among the many unvaccinated, who she stated made up the ‘overwhelming majority’ of individuals being hospitalized or dying.

She additionally criticized the tempo of the vaccination rollout in Nevada, which has seen 45.17% of individuals aged 12 and over receiving two doses, in comparison with 47.6% of the inhabitants as an entire.

‘If we need to continue to grow our financial system, we additionally must get extra people vaccinated,’ she stated. ‘Frankly, we gotta do higher in Nevada,’ she added, ‘guys, we gotta do higher in Nevada.’

The state arrange a cell vaccination clinic outdoors the middle, which Harris promoted.

‘The backside line is that getting vaccinated is protected,’ she stated. ‘It is the final word act of solidarity.’

The go to – a part of President Biden’s America’s Back Together tour to have a good time the nation’s progress in opposition to COVID – contrasts from an earlier go to to Las Vegas in March when Harris met with volunteers packing emergency meals containers.

Fifteen months after the pandemic remodeled the town right into a ghost city, it is rapidly recapturing its regular buzz. Vegas is amongst US cities buzzing as July 4 vacation journey exceeded pre-COVID figures from 2019, with greater than 2.2 million Americans taking to the skies, and a complete of fifty million headings off for the lengthy weekend. 

President Joe Biden talked up his bipartisan infrastructure bundle and extra plans for investing in households and schooling throughout a go to Saturday to a Michigan cherry farm.

He additionally pitched his immigration plans when chatting with two {couples} from Guatemala who have been selecting cherries.

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer greeted Biden’s noon arrival in Traverse City, which is internet hosting the National Cherry Festival, an occasion that attracted Presidents Herbert Hoover and Gerald Ford previously.

As they toured the cherry farm in close by Antrim County, Whitmer advised reporters she hadn’t spoken to Biden about any infrastructure initiatives for Michigan particularly.

‘I’m the fix-the-damn-roads governor, so I speak infrastructure with everyone, together with the president,’ she stated. In current flooding, she stated the state noticed ‘under-invested infrastructure collide with local weather change’ and the freeways have been underneath water.

‘So this is a vital second. And that´s why this infrastructure bundle is so essential. That´s additionally why I acquired the president rocky highway fudge from Mackinac Island for his journey right here,’ she stated.

Plexiglass panels put in to separate gamblers on the poker and blackjack tables have largely been eliminated, the world-famous buffets are reopening, and nightclub dance flooring are packed.

But that progress is threatened: Nevada this week noticed the best rate of latest COVID-19 circumstances within the nation, hospitalizations are on the rise once more, and the extremely contagious delta variant has turn out to be probably the most prevalent type of the virus within the state, including urgency to the marketing campaign to get extra individuals vaccinated.

Still, in a spot the place the financial system runs on crowds and uninhibited conduct, a return to pandemic-related restrictions and masks necessities appears to be off the desk.

Inside the casinos, visitors aren’t required to put on masks if they’re absolutely vaccinated, however staff don’t seem like asking anybody for proof.

‘It looks like every little thing is opening again up, getting again to regular,’ Teresa Lee, a 47-year-old vacationer from Nashville, Tennessee, stated Thursday as she stood on the Strip, searching over the fountains in entrance of the Bellagio on line casino.

Lee stated she is vaccinated and felt protected in Las Vegas as a result of she learn concerning the casinos’ efforts to get their staff and their households vaccinated.

Tyler Williams, a 22-year-old from Eugene, Oregon, stated it did not really feel as if there was a pandemic anymore as a result of ‘individuals are in all places.’ He stated he had seen hardly anybody with a masks aside from a number of overseas vacationers and felt no must put on one himself, as a result of he’s vaccinated.

Las Vegas absolutely reopened and lifted restrictions on most companies June 1, although many casino-resorts had already returned to 100% capability earlier than that with approval from state regulators. Visitor numbers, whereas not at their pre-pandemic highs, have grown by double digits 4 months in a row.

Shows and fireworks are scheduled for the July 4 weekend, and the brand new 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium the place the NFL’s relocated Raiders will kick off their season this fall was set to host its first main live performance Saturday, by digital dance music star Illenium. It might be adopted by a full-capacity present from Garth Brooks subsequent weekend.

Over the previous two weeks, Nevada’s prognosis rate of 190 new circumstances per 100,000 individuals was larger than that of Missouri, Arkansas and Wyoming — all states with decrease vaccination ranges — and the state public well being lab discovered the delta variant in nearly half the COVID-19 circumstances it analyzed.

Also, the variety of sufferers hospitalized with the virus has grown 33% over the previous week, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the degrees are far under what they have been in December, when hospitals have been close to capability.

State biostatistician Kyra Morgan stated Friday that the spike in circumstances may be attributable to the complete reopening of the state and metropolis in June and that the return of crowds and large occasions on the Strip may trigger the rise to proceed.

‘If we all know something about COVID, we all know that when individuals are gathering in shut proximity to at least one one other in massive volumes, that’s the recipe for COVID transmission to extend,’ Morgan stated. 

State and native officers stated that the majority the brand new circumstances and hospitalizations contain unvaccinated individuals and that one of the simplest ways to assault the issue is by getting extra pictures in arms. Nevada has absolutely vaccinated 45% of these 12 and older, properly under the nationwide stage of 55%, in accordance with the CDC.

‘We are a state of skeptics when it involves vaccines,’ Morgan stated. ‘We have loads of anti-vaxxers, frankly, within the state of Nevada.

State and native officers, who in May went up to now as to carry a vaccine clinic at a strip membership, stated they’re looking for extra methods to influence individuals, together with the launch of a money raffle.

Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who took the unprecedented step of shuttering casinos for 11 weeks final year when the pandemic began, stated Thursday he’ll ask for assist from the COVID-19 response groups that the Biden administration is dispatching to spice up testing and vaccinations in communities with outbreaks.

Sisolak’s office didn’t reply to questions on whether or not he’s contemplating reimposing masks mandates or different restrictions, however Las Vegas-area officers say they’re following the CDC’s pointers, which say it is protected for absolutely vaccinated individuals to go mask-free.

‘At this this level, there isn’t any dialogue about rising restrictions to the business and social life right here in Clark County,’ stated Dr. Fermin Leguen, chief well being officer within the Las Vegas space. ‘Getting higher numbers in immunization is the answer for this drawback at this level.’

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