Las Vegas still hosts several July 4th events to keep the whole family happy. From little town celebrations to world class fireworks show Las Vegas has something for everyone this holiday. Stations casinos, a locals’ casino chain, hosts fireworks shows at several of their properties. Aliante Station, Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station and Red Rock Resort will all have 9-minute firework shows beginning around 8:45 pm – 9 pm Monday July 4. Positioned around town, where ever you are coming from you are bound to be close to one of these casinos. There is no need to go inside unless you want to make a night out of it, but position yourself outside in the special viewing sections designated in each of the casino’s parking lots and enjoy the show. Green Valley Ranch Resort has special viewing areas located near their pool if you want to combine some club time with the show. If you decide to watch in your car the shows will be synchronized with music that you can tune into on 96.3 FM, 105.7 FM and 102.7 FM.
If fireworks aren’t your thing, an event hosted every year at the Springs Preserve might be a good fit for you. The Springs Preserve will celebrate our Independence Day this Saturday July 2, with an evening concert from our local university. Your encouraged to bring low back chairs or blankets to enjoy the show. Ticket information can be found on their website at www.springspreserve.org . Visiting the Springs Preserve also allows you to contribute to the “green” cause by choosing activities that benefit the environment, or support companies whose missions are eco-aligned. One of the best all around eco family destinations in Las Vegas is the Springs Preserve. Pathways wind in and around water efficient landscaping and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified buildings. This means an extraordinary effort went into the construction of the facility. Construction waste was kept to a minimum, recycled products were used in the building material and several energy efficient systems were installed to maximize cooling in the summer and warming in the winter. Even the building’s positions were calculated to take advantage of sun and shade seasonally. The structures covering the parking lot are the park’s solar panels producing electricity from Las Vegas’ ample supply of sunny days.
Summerlin, a planned community far west in Las Vegas will host its 15th annual Patriotic Parade from 9 to 11 a.m. on July 4. The parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Drive in The Trails Village of Summerlin. Participants will travel south on Hills Center Drive toward the Village Center Circle roundabout before heading west on Trailwood Drive. The parade will end at the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane.
For a small town traditional celebration, venture back in time and visit Boulder City, a city just east of Las Vegas and Henderson. Celebrations begin at 9 am and run all day long in various locations. Events include a parade at 9 am and a fireworks show at 9 pm. A list of locations and events ca be found at www.bcnv.org/Damboree.
No matter how you celebrate, celebrate safely. The police have set up several check points throughout town. Since you can only take part in one of these exciting holiday celebration choices, be around next year to attend another one.