July in Las Vegas: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

The Strip at dusk, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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July in Las Vegas, Nevada, can be uncomfortably hot. However, the pools are huge centers of activity with long days of music, cocktails, and tanning. 

Evenings are warm but it is a dry heat so you'll enjoy an evening stroll out to dinner or just looking at the lights as you hop from casino to casino or bar to bar in Sin City. Hit an indoor or outdoor nightclub or watch the water, music, and light show at the fountains in front of the Bellagio.

Las Vegas Weather in July

July is the hottest month in Las Vegas, with an average high of 104 F and an average low of 81 F. The city also gets an average of .39 inches of rain—the most of all the summer months. The humidity hovers around 24 percent; the surrounding desert gives the air that baking-in-an-oven feeling.

While it's cooking outside, you probably won't be exploring the Strip (although the casinos and hotels tend to crank the air conditioning during the sweltering summer months). A way to try to keep cool is to go visit your hotel's pool. Some pools in Vegas are famous like the MGM Grand, known for its many pools, waterfalls, and lazy river, or the Mandalay Bay with its sandy beach-bottom and its 1.6-million-gallon wave pool.

If you plan to go out for a walk, your best bet is to venture out in the morning while the sun is low in the sky or after it has set. The nights are still warm so if you find yourself walking around at midnight you might still work up a sweat. 

What to Pack

Since it's the height of summer, you will want to bring your usual summer staples. That can mean sundresses, skirts, shorts, and light-weight shirts. A pair of denim jeans might be too uncomfortable. If you plan on spending most of your evening in a casino or two, then a pair of jeans might be OK since the temperatures in casinos are usually set at a cool 68 F. 

If you decide to walk the Vegas Strip, bring sneakers, it is a longer walk than you may think. Also, make sure you wear sunscreen if you sit by the pool or walk along the Strip during the day. Of course, don't forget a bathing suit, sunglasses, and pool slippers or sandals.

For most dining and shows, casual attire is acceptable. However, if you intend on making reservations for one of the more expensive restaurants like Joel Robuchon or Guy Savoy, then you might consider a suit, dinner jacket, and cocktail dress.

July Events in Las Vegas

If you're not poolside in Vegas in July, then you should be indoors. There are some events (mostly indoors) that you should not miss if you are in town. Check out the fireworks for July 4th and then any other day of the month you should consider seeing a show that Vegas is known for like Cirque du Soliel or a comedic or magic act.

  • July 4th Fireworks:  If you're in town during Independence Day, venture out for the Fourth of July fireworks display over the Strip. This is one of Sin City's most popular holidays, and you will need to go early to find a good spot and camp out before the show starts.
  • Cirque du Soleil: Cirque is part of the fabric that makes Las Vegas. Acrobatic feats amaze, excite, and are a feast for the eyes. There is usually a half-dozen shows to choose from.
  • Comedy Shows: Comedy is king in Las Vegas. If you're a comedian in Las Vegas, it can make your career, like Penn & Teller, who have been performing on the Strip for more than 20 years. Other major heavy hitters of Vegas acclaim include Jerry Lewis and Don Rickles, to name a few.
  • Magic Shows: Penn & Teller are comedic magicians, but for major master illusionists you might want to check out Vegas' mainstay, David Copperfield, Mindfreak by Criss Angel (and Cirque du Soleil), or Mac King's comedic magic show at Harrah's.
  • Family Shows: Blue Man Group mixes fantastic musical feats with blue paint and crowd interaction, which makes for a fun night for all audiences. The Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur wows and dazzles the young at heart.

July Travel Tips

  • Drink plenty of water. When you are at the pool enjoying those boozy beverages makes sure to drink water alongside that drink. Dehydration is a bad way to ruin a vacation. 
  • If you are planning a trip, then you might want to research a reliable "best of" list for shows, nightlife, restaurants, or attractions in Las Vegas. Vegas is for all budgets, too. Whether you're a high roller or a family of six, no matter your budget, you can find posh, full-service suites and really great deals on hotels, food, and other activities.
  • While it can get brutally hot along the Strip, there are many areas you can visit nearby that have more pleasant temperatures. You can drive up to Mt. Charleston, or take a dip in Lake Mead, a man-made lake that sits behind the Hoover Dam. 

To learn more about whether you want to visit Las Vegas in the summer, check out when is the best time to visit.