When to go: June 30
Since Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, Caesars Palace is getting the party started early with a fireworks celebration on Saturday, June 30, at about 9:20pm. Get an up-close view of the show with a private party at the Venus European Pool Lounge (a topless pool, by the way). Tickets start at $99 and include drinks. Yes, swimming is allowed.
By the way, you can stop by earlier in the day at the Caesars Palace Spanish Steps where rum samples will be handed out by Captain Morgan himself (2-3pm) and a foosball party will unfold (1-5pm) with carnival games, a live DJ, drink specials and bocce ball -- because there couldn't possibly be a more all-American game than bocce ball.