Where to Watch the 4th of July Fireworks in Las Vegas

It's going to be an explosive Independence Day weekend.

Rockets Over the Red Mesa
Rockets Over the Red Mesa | Photo by Joe Buglewicz, courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau
Rockets Over the Red Mesa | Photo by Joe Buglewicz, courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

After a relatively quiet Fourth of July last year, Las Vegas is moving past the pandemic with a series of explosive celebrations in 2021. It doesn't hurt that Independence Day falls on a Sunday this year, allowing us to make the most of the holiday weekend—at least for those who don't have to get up early Monday morning. Yes, we're honoring our country's birthday this year, but we're also celebrating something more: the resilience and determination of the American people. So get ready for a full-scale holiday weekend blowout with fireworks in and around the Las Vegas Valley.

Palace Station
Photo courtesy of Palace Station

Off the Strip
Thursday, July 1
Think of this as a taste of what's to come. Palace Station is looking ahead to Independence Day and celebrating the 45th anniversary of Station Casinos with a fireworks show at 9 pm. The casino resort is just west of the I-15, which means most hotel rooms on the Strip should have a great view of the show.

Henderson
Friday, July 2–Sunday, July 4
The Cowabunga Bay is staying open until 9 pm this Independence Day weekend with fireworks going off on three straight nights at 8:45 pm. The waterpark will be decorated in red, white, and blue with a DJ, food trucks and as usual, more than 25 slides and attractions to check out (at least until the fireworks start). General admission is discounted to $27.95 after 4 pm. 

Summerlin
Friday, July 2–Saturday, July 3
The Las Vegas Ballpark will have fireworks two nights in a row following games between the Las Vegas Aviators and Sacramento River Rats. Both games begin at 7:05 pm with tickets starting at $18. However, the show should also be visible to those in or near Downtown Summerlin and the Red Rock Resort.

the plaza fireworks
The Plaza

Downtown
Friday, July 2-Sunday, July 4
The Plaza's annual July 4th fireworks show expands to three days this year to coincide with the Downtown resort's 50th anniversary. Fireworks will shoot off from multiple locations on the hotel rooftop with explosions high above the west end of the Fremont Street Experience (which happens to be hosting a free concert by country stars Craig Morgan and Clay Walker at 6 pm). Book a weekend room package at the Plaza and receive a $50 food and beverage credit, up to $50 in free slot play, $75 in bingo match play, an anniversary souvenir, and access for two to the nightly rooftop pool party. 

Downtown
Saturday, July 3
There's nothing more American than soccer… right? Holiday fireworks will erupt over Cashman Field after the Las Vegas Lights Football Club wrap up their match against the Tacoma Defiance (which begins at 7:30 pm). Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. In a unique special this season, Toyota owners can park alongside the field in "Toyota Row" for $50. Somebody knows a thing or two about branding.

Boulder City
Saturday, July 3–Sunday, July 4
After being cancelled during the pandemic last year, Damboree returns as a two-day event this weekend. And yes, the event is named after the town's proximity to Hoover Dam. Saturday is relatively low key with the long-running Rotary Pancake Breakfast at Bicentennial Park at 7 am and a jet flyover at 9 am, followed by a parade through town. Things pick back up on Saturday afternoon with a festival at Veterans' Memorial Park at 4 pm, featuring a DJ at 6 pm and fireworks at 9 pm. Parking is $10 per car.

the strat
Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

The Strip
Sunday, July 4
For the first time ever, the Strip is hosting the kind of fireworks show usually reserved for New Year's Eve. Stay up late for this one. Fireworks will shoot off the rooftops of seven Strip casinos—Aria, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Resorts World, The Strat, Treasure Island, and the Venetian—in a coordinated spectacle at 11 pm. If that wasn't enough, the towering legs of the Strat's tower will be illuminated in red, white, and blue, beginning at dusk.

Henderson
Sunday, July 4
You can't say Henderson doesn't give you options. The city's Star Spangled Sky fireworks show erupts at 9 pm from four different locations: The M Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Galleria at Sunset, and Lake Las Vegas. The presentations will be synchronized to music on local iHeart Radio stations (93.1 The Mountain, 95.5 The Bull, Real 103.9, and Sunny 106.5). And yes, for some of us, this is the only time of the year we actually turn on the radio.

Red Rock Resort fireworks
Red Rock Resort

Summerlin
Sunday, July 4
The Red Rock Resort will shoot off about ten minutes of fireworks from its rooftop at 9 pm. Wristbands for general admission viewing on the pool deck are on sale in the gift shop. Adults are $25 with an optional $50 all-you-can-drink package for those 21 and over. Kids 12 and under are $10. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

Mesquite
Sunday, July 4
A holiday tradition continues 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Mesquite. The Eureka Casino Resort hosts "Rockets Over the Red Mesa" at 6 pm, including a performance by the Nevada Pops Orchestra at 8 pm, followed by fireworks at 9 pm. The 32-piece ensemble will perform patriotic favorites on an outdoor stage behind the resort. Feel free to bring a lawn chair.

Rockets Over the River
Rockets Over the River | Photo by Mark Damon, courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

Laughlin
Sunday, July 4
If you need a good excuse to visit Laughlin, this is it. Located on the southern tip of Nevada by the Arizona state line, the small gaming town hosts the annual "Rockets Over the River" fireworks celebration at 9 pm. The show erupts over the Colorado River, creating a colorful reflection in the water while synchronized music plays from the Tropicana, Golden Nugget, Aquarius, and other casino resorts (or on 104.9 KISS FM). The show is easy to see no matter where you're standing by the river.

Tule Springs
Sunday, July 4 
An Independence Day celebration with City Council member Michele Fiore runs 6–9 pm at Floyd Lamb Park in the Northwest Valley. There will be music, vendors, and food trucks leading up to a free fireworks show. Park entrance fees are being waived for the event. The first 500 people to show up receive an American flag. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and lounge chairs. Note that smoking is banned in the park.

Spring Valley
Sunday, July 4 
Wet 'n' Wild, the Summerlin-area water park, is throwing a holiday bash from 6–10 pm. Enjoy music from Nashville singer Keelie Walker with fireworks getting underway around 8:45 pm. Nighttime admission at the park begins at $19.99.

Off the Strip
Sunday, July 4
Ok. Let's try something different. The StarBase event space is throwing a patriotic party, headlined by singer Savannah Lynx, that includes an art exhibit and indoor fireworks show. Food trucks will be around to keep everyone full. Tickets are $10. The event begins at 1 pm and is expected to wrap up by 8 pm, giving guests plenty of time to catch the outdoor Strip fireworks at 11 pm.

Pahrump
Sunday, July 4
It may be an hour-plus drive outside Las Vegas, but the Pahrump fireworks show is one of the best in Southern Nevada, traditionally clocking in at a hefty 22 minutes or so. With more than 20 acres of usable space, Petrack Park is the largest park in the city, allowing plenty of room to stretch out with a blanket and watch the rocket's red glare overhead. The show begins at 8:45.

Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters

The Strip
Sunday, July 4
See the fireworks from 2,900 feet above Las Vegas. Maverick Helicopters has a one-night-only Stars & Stripes flight that includes a flyover of the Strip, views of the Red Rock Resort fireworks show, and more than an hour of ground time with drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Book a reservation well in advance. The cost is $449 per person. 

Can you Shoot Off Your Own Fireworks in Las Vegas?

It happens every year. Las Vegas looks like a war zone on July 4 with countless fireworks being shot off from parks, streets, and backyards all over the valley. It's quite the spectacle, especially if you're watching from an elevated vantage point or happen to be flying into McCarran at the time. Is this do-it-yourself approach legal? Well, kinda. Clark County (which includes Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, and Laughlin) only approves the sale and use of certified "Safe and Sane" fireworks June 28–July 4. These are usually limited to sparklers and that kind of stuff. Booths selling "Safe and Sane" fireworks are easy to spot all over town, especially in grocery store, gas station, and shopping center parking lots. Their use is limited to private property. 

More intense fireworks like Roman Candles, Cherry Bombs, and Bottle Rockets are legally sold outside Clark County in Pahrump (Nye County) and on Native American reservations. Even though lots of people make the drive to buy these items only to return and set them off in Vegas, it's against the law to do so. (It's even against the law to set them off in Pahrump—with the exception of a single fairground launch site.) It's also against the law in Clark County to set off fireworks of any kind after midnight. Does that stop it from happening? Not really. So be smart, use your best judgment, and if nothing else, PLEASE make sure your pets are in a safe, contained space. The Animal Foundation always reports a spike in stray dogs and cats who run away after getting spooked by firework noise.

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than seven years. His work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Trivago Magazine, Sophisticated Living, Modern Luxury, Leafly, Las Vegas Magazine, and other publications. He's watching the fireworks from his backyard patio. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.