Celebrate your independence before the fireworks blast off or after they have fizzled (watch them shooting from the rooftops of Caesars Palace on Sunday and at five Station Casinos, the Las Vegas Hilton and Mandalay Bay on July 4). Either way, get your patriotic partying fill at Vegas Seven’s top party picks during the star-spangled holiday with some of America’s most sizzling talent.
Fri 1 Americans love their celebrity culture, so all hail the King of Gossip, the fabulous and informative pink-haired Perez Hilton, who drops in for the weekend kickoff party at The Bank. (In Bellagio, doors 10:30 p.m., $30 cover.) Speaking of gossip, did you hear that Rumor Boutique Hotel is hosting the Matinée Las Vegas Festival, the biggest gay dance festival of the summer? It’s true: Through July 4, five incredible parties will go off at various Vegas venues, all with exceptional DJ talent and hosts. (Rooms start at $129, visit RumorVegas.com/matinee for details.) Alabama-born rapper and ladies man Yelawolf gives an inspiring performance at Gallery. (In Planet Hollywood, doors 10 p.m., men $30, women $20.) If you dig hip-hop, shake your groove thing to the sounds of A-Trak, who is known for being more than just Kanye West’s touring DJ, at XS. (In the Wynn, doors 10 p.m., men $30, women $20.)
Sat 2 There’s no retiring for this heavyweight. Following his UFC 132 bout against Ryan Bader, Tito Ortiz celebrates his (hopeful) victory as he hosts the official after-fight party at Gallery. (In Planet Hollywood, 10 p.m., men $30, women $20.) Fresh from a show with Rihanna, ATL’s “Airplanes” rapper and rhymer B.O.B. hosts at Pure. (In Caesars Palace, doors 10 p.m., men $50, women $30.) Choose from two beloved mega-clubs to get your fists pumping: Tao, with Swedish sensation Avicii (In the Venetian, doors 9:30 p.m., men $30, women $20) or with the maestro himself, Paul Oakenfold, and his prodigy, the up-and-comer Zen Freeman, at Rain (in the Palms, doors 10 p.m., $30 cover).
Sun 3 Here’s hoping you’ve caught the electronica wave, because today is all about the red, white and beats. By day, witness heartthrob Kaskade’s enthralling set at Encore Beach Club (In Encore, doors 11 a.m., men $100, women $40) or one of this summer’s biggest parties, F*** Me I’m Famous, at Wet Republic. (In MGM, doors 11 a.m., men $50, women $20.) Let the funk soul brother, pioneer and producer legacy, Fatboy Slim impress you with his boogy-worthy jams at Marquee Dayclub. (In the Cosmopolitan, doors 10 a.m., men $30, women $20.) Witness early signs of fireworks at Aria’s DJ-ready nightclub, Haze, where German Grammy award-winning trance producer Paul Van Dyk lights up the club. (Doors 10:30 p.m., $50 cover.)
Mon 4 Another chart-topper and this year’s Grammy-winner for his remix with David Guetta of Madonna’s “Revolver,” Afrojack, gives America a taste of his Dutch style at Encore Beach Club. (In Encore, doors 11 a.m., men $100, women $40.) Stay posted at Wynn properties because hipster mogul Steve Aoki brings his revolution to XS. (In the Wynn, doors 10 p.m., men $30, women $20.) Don your sexiest patriotic-themed duds tonight at Jet’s Stars and Stripes Sexy Girl contest where the babe who drops the most jaws leaves with $5,000, thanks to her country’s soft spot for sex appeal. (In The Mirage, doors 10:30 p.m., men $30 cover.)