Las Vegas Strip celebrates 4th of July with fireworks

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Where are 4th of July fireworks in Las Vegas?

A coordinated fireworks show designed by Grucci, the Guinness World Record holder for largest fireworks display, will launch from the rooftops of the ARIA Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, The STRAT Hotel Casino & Skypod, The Venetian Las Vegas, Treasure Island Las Vegas, and ... Condé Nast TravelerWhere to Watch the Las Vegas 4th of July Fireworks 2021

Is the strip doing fireworks 2021?

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

What hotels are doing fireworks in Las Vegas?

Caesars Palace, The Aria, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, The Venetian, The STRAT, and the brand new Resorts World will start the fireworks show at 11 p.m. Resorts World will have their grand opening start at 9 p.m. with a massive party at their AYU Dayclub and a special performance by Miley Cyrus that will be ... vegas.com4th of July in Vegas 2021

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More Las Vegas shows making return to the Strip

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Cast members from “O” celebrate before the show’s reopening performance at Bellagio on July 1, 2021.

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Last week was nothing short of historic for Cirque du Soleil, MGM Resorts and the Las Vegas Strip in general. Cirque reopened its two longest-running production shows in Las Vegas after 16 months away from the Strip stage, “Mystére” at Treasure Island on June 28 and “O” at Bellagio on July 1.

MGM, which operates Bellagio and four other casino properties where Cirque-owned productions are performed, also relaunched the Bruno Mars headlining residency at Park MGM’s Park Theater on July 2 and hosted sold-out comedy shows from Dave Chappelle at MGM Grand Garden Arena over the holiday weekend.

“For the past 16 months, we’ve waited patiently to reignite the heartbeat of Las Vegas with our large-scale shows, sporting events and nightlife, and this weekend marks a major milestone for the full recovery of our city,” Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts CEO and President, said last week. “Millions of people travel from around the world to experience the unique entertainment only Las Vegas offers, and with the return of names like Bruno, Chappelle and Cirque, we are letting them know it’s time to come back.”

MGM’s big events continue this coming weekend with more performances from Chappelle and Mars, USA Basketball training camps and exhibition games at Mandalay Bay starting on July 6, Dwight Yoakam at Mandalay Bay Beach on July 9 and UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10. Beyond its venues, there is, of course, one of the biggest concerts of this or any other year, Garth Brooks at Allegiant Stadium on July 10, not to mention Justin Bieber playing for one night only at Encore Theater at Wynn on July 9.

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But the cavalcade of returning Strip production shows isn’t letting up either. Illusionist Criss Angel’s “Mindfreak” is up next, reopening in his customized, high-tech theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort on July 7. “Tournament of Kings,” the longest running dinner show in Las Vegas with all the medieval mayhem you could ever want, will return to its stadium-style showroom at Excalibur on July 14.

Smaller-scale shows at Caesars Entertainment properties follow those landmark productions, including “Potted Potter” at the Magic Attic at Bally’s on July 18; “Menopause the Musical” at Harrah’s Cabaret on July 22; and the still-very-new “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” at the Flamingo Showroom on August 5. That show, inspired by the phenomenal TV competition series of the same name, made its debut on the Strip in January 2020 before its momentum was chopped by the pandemic shutdown.

“We are so thrilled that ‘Potted Potter’ will continue to enchant and entertain audiences in Las Vegas, as it celebrates 15 years since first being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe,” said that show’s producer, James Seabright, in a recent statement. The Harry Potter-themed satire opened two years ago and quickly struck a chord with audiences of all ages. “To be able to be back up and running and returning to the stage to make audiences laugh again is a thrill for our entire cast and crew.”

Cirque will bring back two more of its blockbusters next month when “Michael Jackson ONE” returns to Mandalay Bay on August 19 and “The Beatles LOVE” comes back to the Mirage on August 26. After that, a wildly popular male revue will be back onstage in a new venue when “Magic Mike Live” opens at the Sahara on August 27.

Coming up quickly in the musical residency world, Usher launches his new show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on July 16, Carlos Santana returns to the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on August 25 and Keith Urban is back at the Colosseum on September 17. Barry Manilow, Gwen Stefani, Sting, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain return to their Strip headlining gigs in the fall and winter and other superstar productions from the likes of Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Cher, and Reba McEntire with Brooks & Dunn are expected to announce comeback dates in the coming months.

There’s a robust roster of production shows still set to return to their home venues that haven’t released performance dates yet, including “KÁ” at MGM Grand, “Opium” at the Cosmopolitan, “Sexxy” at Westgate and “WOW” at the Rio. And there’s another group of shows expected to reopen at different venues, including: Wayne Newton’s long-running musical residency; perennial favorite female and male revues “Crazy Girls,” “X Rocks” and “Chippendales”; hard-rocking musical productions “Tenors of Rock” and “The Bronx Wanderers”; and the comedic “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” and “Friends: The Musical Parody.”

Some of those shows will see action beyond Las Vegas this summer. “Friends” will open at the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Atlantic City on August 1 as the first production in the “Vegas Boardwalk Live” series, which will also feature “Tenors,” “The Bronx Wanderers” and hypnotist and comedian Anthony Cools, formerly a resident at Paris Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue sees fewer Fourth of July calls in 2021

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Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire near Durango and Alta drives late Sunday night. Two people were displaced and the cause remains under investigation.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas Fire & Rescue said it received fewer calls on the Fourth of July this year within the city of Las Vegas than it did in 2020.

According to a tweet early Monday morning from the department's account, LVFR had 427 calls for service on July 4, as compared to 438 calls on the same day in 2020. The department received 118 calls for fires on July 4, down from 146 calls in 2020.

FIREWORKS UPDATE FOR 4th of JULY: @LasVegasFD had 427 calls for service in the 24 hour period of July 4 compared to 438 in 2020. Fire calls were 118 compared to 146 in 2020. 1 minor injury, 1 house fire in garage-undetermined. This is for @CityOfLasVegas proper (green area). pic.twitter.com/1gfkNVr7Pn

The department said there was only one major house fire on the Fourth of July. Fire crews arrived around 10:15 p.m. Sunday night to a home near Durango and Alta drives after a vehicle caught fire in the garage of the home. The fire spread into the residence and destroyed the garage and a vehicle, displacing at least two people and leading to an estimated $60,000 in damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

LVFR investigates a fire at 8344 Pendragon Circle. on July 4, 2021.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Las Vegas Valley lit up on Sunday night to mark the Fourth of July holiday.

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‘It’s good to see the lines’: Vegas, crowds welcome each other on busy 4th of July

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It’s the first major holiday weekend since COVID-19 restrictions on capacity, gatherings and crowd sizes were lifted across the state in June.

Gaming and tourism industry insiders were expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors to descend on Las Vegas for what promised to be the busiest holiday weekend since before the pandemic.

Judging by early afternoon crowds gathered at McCarran International Airport’s bustling baggage claim on Friday, it appears they won’t be disappointed. Outside, lines of folks waiting for an Uber or Lyft were visible, but the lines didn’t appear excessively long.

Arriving passengers inside seemed ready to have a good time, some stopping to snap selfies at an Instagram spot with a ”What happens in Las Vegas only happens in Las Vegas” backdrop, and others waiting for luggage gazed up at an overhead LED screen playing an advertisement showcasing newly opened Resorts World Las Vegas, followed by one touting the return of Cirque du Soleil’s “O.”

And why wouldn’t they be? It’s the first major holiday weekend since COVID-19 restrictions on capacity, gatherings and crowd sizes were lifted across the state in June, and Fourth of July falls on a Sunday, setting up an optimal three-day weekend.

“In a way, it’s really New Year’s Eve as it’s the beginning of the post-COVID-19 world,” UNLV hospitality professor Amanda Belarmino said.

She expects the holiday weekend to be significant for all U.S. travel destinations, but particularly Las Vegas. She said this weekend could draw the city’s biggest crowd since 2019.

“U.S. consumers are engaging in a surge of traveling and spending, and I would expect this weekend to be incredibly busy,” she said.

It’s also a weekend of firsts in Las Vegas. Not only is it the first major holiday in the state since the pandemic without COVID-19 restrictions, but also the first concert at Allegiant Stadium with Electronic Dance Music performer Illenium and first Fourth of July weekend for the Las Vegas Valley’s three new resorts.

The weekend also marks the return of entertainers such as Dave Chappelle and Bruno Mars. It was the chance to see Mars perform that propelled Rockville, Maryland, residents Rick and Jenny Levine to fly to Las Vegas for the weekend. They gushed about Las Vegas while waiting for their luggage to round the corner at a baggage claim carousel at the airport’s Terminal 1.

The couple is staying at Park MGM this weekend, where they’ll attend Mars’ Saturday night concert. That’ll allow Jenny Levine, 60, to cross off that item from her “bucket list.”

She and Rick Levine, 61, have visited Las Vegas every few months since 2017, when they came for a family wedding. Before then, she said, she was skeptical of Las Vegas. That impression changed on that first trip. “Well, I came for her wedding, and I’m like, ‘I’m hooked,’ ” she said.

Now, she said, she and her husband love the restaurants, hotels, activities and energy.

Tourist Kris Mummel won’t forget her visit here anytime soon. It marked her first time flying, first time in Las Vegas and soon-to-be first time zip lining.

“Oh, I got to touch a palm tree,” she added. “Never seen a palm tree before. Didn’t know they had ’em out here. I was like, ‘Oh, look at the trees!’ ”

Mummel, a 58-year-old resident of Mattoon, Illinois, and her partner, Vince Trimble, stood in the middle of The Linq Promenade on Friday evening and pointed their phones up at the zip liners overhead. That was their next stop.

The two, who are staying at the Sahara Las Vegas, said they decided to come to Las Vegas because it was time for a vacation. They said they needed a break from working, redoing their pond and building a beach at their country home.

The couple are among the 300,000 expected to visit Las Vegas over the long weekend.

Neither the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority nor the airport provided visitation projections, though a McCarran airport spokesman said the number of airplane seats coming to Las Vegas is within 5 percent of the total around Fourth of July 2019.

In 2018 and 2019, about 330,000 people visited Las Vegas during Fourth of July weekend and spent more than $235 million, according to the convention authority.

“We have long viewed Fourth of July weekend as an important weekend for the destination now that we’re fully reopened with the return of beloved live shows, concerts and an array of ‘Only Vegas’ experiences for our visitors to enjoy,” spokeswoman Lori Nelson-Kraft said Friday. “To top it all off, we’re thrilled to be hosting a spectacular fireworks show that will light up the skies Sunday night from one end of the famed Las Vegas Strip to the other.”

Several Strip hotel-casinos are set to launch from their rooftops Sunday night, with Plaza lighting up the downtown skies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Station Casinos will have its own fireworks shows at 9 p.m. Sunday at Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch resorts.

If tourists hadn’t heard the “Vegas is back” message, then they’d see it on the Strip — literally. A political ad on a digital billboard at the corner of Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard showed “Vegas is back. America is back. Thanks Biden/Harris. Thanks Democrats.” It displayed while Vice President Kamala Harris visited union workers several miles away on Saturday afternoon.

Some visitors on the Strip Saturday felt the sentiment. Shekeya McCallister was out with five friends for the weekend on her fourth visit to the city.

“I know a lot of businesses had to close and some stayed closed, so it’s good to see the lines,” McCallister, a Texas native, said. “I saw the new hotel that opened; it’s very nice. Hopefully it’ll stay strong.”

The group arrived Thursday and are staying at an Airbnb while they explore the Strip, ride ATVs and attend the Megan Thee Stallion concert at Omnia Nightclub in Caesars Palace.

The group said it was special to get together for a girl’s trip since they’re from across the country.

“So far, despite the weather, it’s been very adventurous,” McCallister said. “I’ve never been to a concert here before, and to go with a group of girls is fun, too.”

Around the Strip on Saturday afternoon, tourists wandered into air-conditioned casino floors with dozens of full tables and chiming slot machines. Groups cheered while crossing pedestrian bridges, took pictures with showgirls and waited for fountain shows. Wedding parties posed in front of the crystal chandeliers at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Dozens of guests waited to get into the Flamingo pool as the temperature passed triple digits. Caesars Palace patrons were slowly working through the line to enter the Bacchanal Buffet.

Still, some tourists said they didn’t feel it was overcrowded. Chris and Kay Spence, of Arkansas, arrived Saturday morning with their two teenage sons to spend the week in Southern Nevada. The couple said they didn’t have trouble at the airport or any other points while traveling.

Kay Spence, who’s visited Vegas three times, said it wasn’t the only vacation she and her family took in the last year and a half — but it was their first time back to Vegas. Compared to previous visits, she said it seemed less rowdy.

“It’s a little less busy, but that’s nice,” she said.

Josh Swissman, founding partner at The Strategy Organization consulting firm, said earlier this week that he thinks a confluence of vaccinations, lifted restrictions, pent-up demand, the holiday itself and the three-day weekend are the recipe for an “extra, extra busy” weekend.

Then factor in the return of nightlife, entertainment and day clubs and the June 24 debut of the $4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas megaresort, not to mention the openings in recent months of Circa and Virgin Hotels Las Vegas and their pool complexes.

It’s an invigorating mix. Rick Levine said he and his wife considering retiring in Las Vegas. In the meantime, they’ll enjoy their stay and figure out a place to watch fireworks on Sunday. Maybe they’ll just watch from their hotel room, he said.

“How many cities (are there) where people come to the city for Fourth of July knowing it’s going to be 105, 110 degrees? Not many places,” he said.

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer McKenna Ross contributed to this report.

If you plan to travel by air this summer, pack your patience, as inclement weather could continue wreaking havoc on flights.

Las Vegas continued its comeback in May as visitation grew by double digits over the previous month.

“Typically, going into a holiday weekend, drivers can expect gas prices to increase,” said AAA Nevada spokesman Sergio Avila. “That includes here in Las Vegas and Nevada as a whole.”

Las Vegas resorts are preparing to welcome a flood of visitors for what many say will be a milestone event in the city’s rebound.

Observers have said the north Strip property could initially siphon guests from competitors but also boost tourism overall to Las Vegas.

A local couple hasn’t pieced together why their Crockfords luxury hotel room reservation fell through at the newly opened Strip resort.

It’s unclear whether more rooms, a hotel tower, food and beverage or something else will be added to the $4.3 billion resort and when it will be built.

Passenger volume at McCarran International Airport continued its rise in May, but it is still far from pre-pandemic levels.

Check out the scene from the opening night of Resorts World Las Vegas on the Strip.

With the luck of dragons and lions behind it, Resorts World Las Vegas is ready to achieve even greater heights for the resort that opened its doors Thursday night.

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