Independence Day Roundup: See you on July 4th! Or the 7th! Whenever?

If you’re completely thrown off by July 4 falling on a Wednesday this year, we don’t blame you. Independence Day hasn’t hit hump day since 2007. We’re not sure what you did back then, but this year, the celebration starts early and ends late. 


Pack your blankets and lawn chairs and kick off the festivities at Red, White, & Tunes hosted by the Springs Preserve. The whole family can wave their stars and stripes to music by the UNLV Community Band (8-10 p.m., $5 for adults, $3 for kids 5-12, under 4 free, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.,

Retreat to Lake Las Vegas for their Fireworks Spectacular. The show starts at 9 p.m., but arrive early for BBQ and live music at The Village. (6-10 p.m., free entry, 1600 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy.,

SUNDAY, July 1

Stock up on snaps and sparklers from the Raiders Booster Club’s Firework Sale. Through July 4th, the Las Vegas Raider Nation will set up shop at Craig and Losee selling Phantom Fireworks. Proceeds will support HELP of Southern Nevada continue their work in assisting those in need. (Lowe’s Shopping Center, 2630 E. Craig Rd.,


Addicted to the fast life? Fast cars and fireworks are going down at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s annual Night of Fire. On the itinerary is a 76-lap NASCAR Super Late Model race, BIGFOOT, the original monster truck, and a jet car burn; fireworks aren’t enough, so they’re blowing up a car. (Gates open at 5 p.m., adults $15 in advance and $20 day of, $8 for kids 6-14, under 6 free, tickets and full schedule at

For the traditionalists, head up to North Las Vegas for their annual Independence Day Jubilee at the James Seastrand Park. There will be food and libations for the adults, and a kids corner and teen zone for the family. Watch the fireworks and dance the night away to the sounds of Franky Perez and Sleepy Brown. (6-9:30 p.m., $4, 6330 Camino Elderado,


If you can crawl out of bed early enough, make your way down to Boulder City at 7 a.m. The Rotary Club will start off the 64th Annual Damboree Celebration with free pancakes at Bicentennial Park. During the parade, the Boulder City Veteran’s Flying Group will make a flyover as they march down to Broadbent. There will be food and festivities throughout the day. And at the end of the night, round up the family, kick back and enjoy the fireworks. (Parade starts at 9 a.m., spectators are free,

Next door, the city of Henderson is hosting their 4th of July Celebration at Mission Hills Park. There’s music for everyone’s ears with performances by country group The Randy Anderson Band and nine Clark County high schools in a Battle of the Bands. Stay all night for sports, arts & crafts, and fireworks to finish off a concert by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra. (Event starts at 6 p.m., 551 E. Mission Dr.,

No matter what side of town you call home, head West to the city’s largest and most popular Fourth of July parade. With 18 years under their belt, the Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade invites everyone out for another year of celebration. More than 35,000 people come out every year for the live performances, Macy’s style balloons, and fancy floats that will wow your socks off. It’s one of the most impressive events in town and best of all, it’s free. (starts at 9 a.m.,

Don’t want to fire up the grill? Join the guys at Slidin’ Thru as they serve up sliders at the Providence Pyrotecnico Fireworks Show. This one is nearly 16-minutes long and is considered one of the most creative SFX firework displays in the country. Have a picnic on the grass or come for the many activities at Knickerbocker Park. You can shoot some hoops in the basketball game or hit the dog park with the pups but don’t forget to bring a book.  Donate your favorite novel or maybe a fun fantasy. The Providence Master Homeowners Association will be collecting new and used books for Spread the Word Nevada all night. (free, 10695 Dorrell Ln.,

Today, Independence Day is all about the locals. Stay off-strip for the Station Casinos’ We Love Locals Fireworks Blast. Pyrotechnics will be visible from all parts of the city as premiere fireworks company Grucci of New York launches stars & rockets from the rooftops of Aliante Station, Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station and Red Rock Casino. Word on the street is there are a lot of top secret vantage points around town. Find your best neighborhood spot to enjoy the show. (show starts after 9 p.m.,


If you missed the Fourth of July, don’t worry about it. It’s never too late to celebrate in Vegas — Caesars Palace will be postponing their fireworks this year until the July 7. So don’t be the guy that shows up to the party too early. .. Gather around the fountains. Fireworks launch at 9:15. Take this opportunity to kiss that person you like—or do you only do that on New Year’s? (3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702.731.7525.)

For our picks of the best 21-and-up party places for the Fourth, click here.