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Five Independence Day hot spots off the Strip to spend Fourth of July weekend

Whether you want to take a short trek across town for a patriotic-themed party or you are looking to enjoy the Fourth near home, here are five places around the Valley to celebrate ‘Merica starting this weekend through Tuesday.

Boulder City

Go “A World Away for a Day” to the 69th Annual Damboree Celebration on Tuesday with festivities beginning at 7 a.m at Bicentennial Park with the Rotary pancake breakfast. The city parade starts at 9 a.m. starting at Colorado Street and meandering past vintage antique stores, a classic ice cream confectionary and hundreds of people decked out in their best red, white and blues. Be sure to arrive early to find parking and a shaded spot to watch the floats. The parade ends at Broadbent Memorial Park, where you can find a coin toss at the pool and contests as well as food and drinks before heading over to Veteran’s Memorial Park. The large community gathering starts at 4 p.m. with plenty of grass to lie out and watch sparks fly overhead during the 9 p.m. fireworks show. 7 a.m.–10:30 p.m., July 4, free, various locations in Boulder City, bcnv.org

Henderson

On the southeast side of town, the Backyard pool area at Green Valley Ranch Resort is the most convenient spot to view the namesake’s Independence Day Tuesday celebration fireworks show at 9 p.m. For a whopping nine minutes, the fireworks can be viewed anywhere within proximity of the hotel. 9 p.m., July 4, the Backyard, $20–$25, greenvalleyranch.sclv.com

While over at Heritage Park (the event was previously held at Mission Hills Park), enjoy entertainment and festivities that include cornhole, face-painting, henna tattoos, bounce houses and a Ferris wheel. The park hosts its own fireworks show at 9 p.m. as well. 6 p.m.– 9 p.m., July 4, free, 350 Racetrack Rd., Henderson, cityofhenderson.com/henderson-happenings/events/special-events/fourth-of-july-celebration

Lake Las Vegas

The Montelago Village of Lake Las Vegas offers live music, a sidewalk sale, water activities, game booths and barbecue stations during Lake Las Vegas’ Annual Independence Day Celebration. Festivities in the Village begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday and end with live music performed by tribute band Southern Stue beginning at 6 p.m. The Lake Las Vegas fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. 2 p.m.–10 p.m., July 2, free, 30 Strada Di Villaggio, Henderson, lakelasvegas.com/events/llv-annual-independence-day-celebration–july-2-2017

For those over 21, watch the fireworks on the water on the La Contessa Yacht. Offering sunset cruises featuring a DJ, party favors and hors d’oeuvres, the fireworks cruise docks at 8 p.m. and tickets are $50 per person. 8–9:30 p.m., July 2, 10 Costa di Lago, Henderson, lakelasvegas.com/events/july-2nd-fireworks-cruise-july-2-2017

And for those wanting to bring their young ones, viewing fireworks from the water is still an option. Reservations for Las Vegas Water Sports Fireworks Paddle are still available and offer paddleboarding, kayaking, tandem kayaking or electric pedalboating during the show. Tickets for the two-hour event range from $75–$135 for rentals, and include glow sticks and LED neon lights. Afterward, there’s music on the tiki torch–lit beach at Reflection Bay. 8–10 p.m., July 2, Reflection Bay Golf Club, 75 Montelago Blvd, Henderson, lakelasvegas.com/events/fireworks-paddle-july-2-2017

Downtown

Wanting to splash into Fourth of July weekend? Go for a night swim on Saturday at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, and munch on watermelon, baked beans, apple pie and barbecue chicken at a poolside barbecue buffet while listening to ’80s tribute band Flashbax. At the end of the night, check out Fremont Street fireworks, blasting off from the Plaza Hotel & Casino at 10:45 p.m. The show is set to last approximately four minutes, so be sure you’re ready to take it all in. 7 p.m., July 1, free entry 21+, $25 per person for all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet, Plaza Hotel & Casino

If you plan to be around the Downtown area all weekend, on Monday, Ann Wilson of the band Heart plays a free concert at the Fremont Street Experience from 9–11 p.m. Free, July 3, vegasexperience.com/calendar/free-concert-ann-wilson-heart/

What’s more patriotic than watching America’s favorite pastime? Come to Cashman Field by 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday to enjoy a Las Vegas 51s Baseball Game to watch the triple-A minor league team take on El Paso Chihuahuas, followed by postgame fireworks, which start after the ninth inning. 7:05–10 p.m., July 4, $16–$19.50, milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t400

Summerlin

Downtown Summerlin hosts its 23rd annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade on Tuesday. More than 70 parade floats, organizations and teams march through the community. The main parade begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Hills Center Drive and Hillpointe Road and ends at the entrance of the Trails Village Shopping Center on Trailwood Drive. 8:30–11 a.m., July 4, free, begins at Hills Center Dr. and Hillpointe Rd., summerlin.com/events

Later that day, the rocket’s red glare shines over Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa’s Independence Day celebration on Tuesday at 9 p.m. for a nine-minute fireworks show. Wherever you choose to celebrate the red, white and blue, Fourth of July weekend is bound to pack a punch. 9 p.m., July 4, free, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa sclv.com/Corporate/Newsroom/2017/2017-Fireworks

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