Las Vegas is a city of spectacle year-round, but visit Sin City over July 4 and you'll be treated to an extra special show in the sky in honor of America's Independence Day. Despite the scorching hot temperatures of Las Vegas in the middle of summer, this holiday is one of Sin City's most popular events and often brings even larger crowds out to the Strip. Therefore, you should scope out the best spot in advance to ensure you don't miss a single colorful explosion of light.
In 2020, the City of Las Vegas has officially canceled all summer events. However, the firework displays are usually hosted by privately-operated casinos like Ceasars Palace, the Plaza Hotel, and the Mandalay Bay. As of June 19, only the Plaza Hotel has announced that it will still host a fireworks display, beginning at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.
Watching the Fireworks From the Strip
Because only one casino has confirmed their fireworks display for 2020, the best place to watch the fireworks would be along the strip in front of the Plaza Hotel. Fireworks will be launched from multiple spots on the hotel roof and the streets will be closed to vehicles.
In normal years, you would be able to view multiple shows from different casinos, so you'd have more viewing options. However, with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, it would be wise to keep away from the crowds. Consider going down the block near the Main Street Station Hotel, where you'll be able to get a good view of the Plaza's 2020 show.
When fireworks are going off from the other casinos along the Strip also, the best spots to watch include the patio at Cabo Wabo Cantina or high above on the Eiffel Tower. Or, if you want to splurge for the best views, the suites at The Cosmopolitan have sweeping views over the Caesars Palace fountain.
The High Roller at The LINQ is another fabulous spot to see the festivities, but seats are expensive and tend to sell out fast. If you want to have a meal with a view of the fireworks, try the Beer Park at the Paris Casino. Many people also line up on the pedestrian bridge between Bally's and the Bellagio, but you'll need to arrive early to claim a good spot.
The Fremont Street Experience
All shows and concerts at this venue have been canceled for the summer of 2020. Fremont Street typically has a digital fireworks display on its giant canopy on Independence Day in addition to hosting live music and a dance party spun by a local DJ.
Fireworks in the Suburbs Around Las Vegas
In 2020, the city of Henderson, just 20 minutes southeast of the Strip, will be hosting a fireworks display on July 4, while adhering to social distancing rules by encouraging residents to stay at home. Fireworks will be set off from four different locations in the city, maximizing the viewing potential. If you're not from Henderson, the Green Valley Ranch Resort usually hosts a fireworks display also, although that has not been confirmed for 2020.
West of Vegas, you can typically find a fireworks show at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Summerlin, but that also has not been confirmed for this year. Or, a 30-minute drive from Las Vegas will bring you to Boulder City, which usually hosts its Damboree Celebration. In 2020, the fireworks have been canceled for this event but the pancake breakfast is still on at the Senior Center of Boulder City, which will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. on July 4.
Sporting Event Fireworks
The Minor League Baseball season has been suspended for 2020, but sometimes Las Vegas' local team, the Aviators, play at home on July 4 and a fireworks display follows the game at Cashman Field. Seats are relatively affordable and offer direct views of the fireworks. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 14 miles northeast of the Strip, usually hosts their Night of Fire for Independence Day, which at showcases stock car and skid plate racing before a fireworks show. However, this year's event has been canceled.