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Kids, Puppies and Fireworks, Oh, My!

Family-friendly fun for Independence Day

While fireworks are the main event for most Fourth of July celebrations, there’s a wealth of things to do around the Valley and beyond during what for many will be a three-day weekend. We round up the best activities and fireworks displays for the under-21 set.

Caesars Palace

Marking its 50th anniversary, Caesars is planning its largest Independence Day celebration ever with a spectacular 13½-minute fireworks display shot off from the Julius Tower at 9:10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. The best views will be from the fountains in front of the casino.

Mandalay Bay

Part of a two-day beach party at Mandalay Bay, fireworks are scheduled for both Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, following concerts by the rock band 311. The party is held at the resort’s elaborate beach and swimming pool area. Tickets are $57 to $64, and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. each night.

Stratosphere Tower

At the other end of the Strip, Stratosphere Tower will light up the sky with fireworks launched from the top floor of its garage on Sunday, July 3, at 9 p.m. The party, featuring live music by Yellow Brick Road, starts at 5 p.m. at Stratosphere’s Elation pool on the 8th floor. Tickets are $30 plus tax.

Palace Station

Locals-oriented Station Casinos is kicking off its 40th anniversary at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 1 with a traditional fireworks show at Palace Station, which opened as a 5,000-square-foot casino on July 1, 1976. The show, produced by Grucci’s of New York City, will begin a monthlong celebration of Station Casinos’ history.

Cashman Field

Take in a minor league baseball game and fireworks presented by the Orleans and Gold Coast casinos on Monday, July 4, at Cashman Field, following the Las Vegas 51s’ game against the Salt Lake Bees. Game time is 7:05 p.m. If you miss that show, there’ll be another one on July 8 following a doubleheader against the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Adopt a Pet

The Animal Foundation is once again hosting its pet adoption event at its shelter, 655 N. Mojave Road. In honor of the Fourth, it’s $7 to adopt a dog or cat, which has been checked out by local veterinarians, spayed or neutered, current on all vaccines and implanted with a microchip to help find them if they get lost. The special rate applies to any animal that has been at the shelter at least four days, and all fees are waived for pit bulls and rabbits. It’s a great deal compared to the usual $105-250 for a dog or $25-50 to adopt a cat from the shelter. Plus, you get the good feeling of providing a loving home to an animal and helping the nonprofit Animal Foundation in its goal to become a no-kill shelter by 2020.

Yankee Doodle at the Pool

Continuing a tradition, the City of Las Vegas is hosting the all-ages Yankee Doodle at the Pool water party at its aquatic centers on July 1. The cost is $2 for ages 4-17, $3 for ages 18-49, $2 for seniors (50+), and free for kids under age 3. The times vary by pool location. Participating pools include Baker Pool, 1100 E. St. Louis Avenue; Carlos L. Martinez and Darrio J. Hall Family Pool at Gary Reese Freedom Park, 889 N. Pecos Road; Doolittle Pool, 1950 N. J Street; Garside Pool, 250 S. Torrey Pines Drive; Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road; and Pavilion Center Pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive.

Mission Hills Park

Celebrate Independence Day in Henderson with live entertainment and a traditional fireworks display at Mission Hills Park, 551 E. Mission Hills Drive. Bring a blanket and enjoy a night of family fun on Sunday, July 3, from 6-9 p.m. Shuttle service will run from Foothill High School, 800 College Drive, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Lake Las Vegas

If you want to escape the city lights, take a 20-mile trip to Lake Las Vegas for the resort’s annual fireworks display at 8:40 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. There will be live music, kids’ activities and barbecue stations set up in Monte Lago Village starting at 3 p.m. The Henderson Symphony Orchestra performs at 7 p.m.

Summerlin

For the 22nd year, the Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade will wind its way through the heart of the master-planned community. This year’s event boasts 70 participants, including the giant, inflatable balloon characters popular in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Parade festivities start at 8:30 a.m. on the Fourth at Hills Center Drive.

Boulder City

The 68th annual Damboree starts at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Bicentennial Park, followed by a parade at 9 a.m. Festivities continue with a flag-raising ceremony and national anthem at Broadbent Memorial Park, 1100 Colorado Street, along with food, games and entertainment. Then it’s over to Veterans Memorial Park for more fun and games at 6 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Mesquite

Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite has its Fourth of July with Rockets over the Red Mesa. The event starts at 6 p.m. and features food, a vendor village and a performance by the 32-piece Nevada Pops Orchestra and ends with fireworks.

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