Everything Fun You Can Do in ‌Las‌ ‌Vegas‌ This Weekend

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend with fireworks, shows, restaurants, and more.

XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas
XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas | Photo by Danny Mahoney
XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas | Photo by Danny Mahoney

For many out there, this holiday weekend is all about where to see fireworks in Las Vegas, with more than a few options on Independence Day, which falls on a Monday this year. If you want to take the celebration into your own hands, Safe and Sane fireworks are on sale until July 4 at more than 70 booths around the valley. These are the only types of personal fireworks allowed in Las Vegas. The use of anything that goes into the air is illegal (with a $500 fine). However, this weekend is about more than just fireworks. Check out all the cool activities and events this weekend, contributing to the summer fun in Las Vegas.

Wing Lei presents classic Chinese cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere, not only serving some of the most elevated takes on dim sum in Las Vegas, but expertly prepared multi-course menus (including one that exclusively serves duck dishes, including a tableside Peking Duck and a Duck and Foie Gras Shu Mai). Purists may want to ask for the newly introduced semi-secret Eastern Menu, which collects an array of traditional recipes in one place. Diners will love the chewy texture of the Soy-Marinated Jellyfish, the use of black truffles in a Sliced Tofu Roll, and the spiciness of the Sichuan-Style Shredded Chicken. Prefer to stick with Shrimp Toast or General Tso's Chicken? Wing Lei makes incredible versions of those dishes, too.
Cost: Prices vary.

Thursday, June 30–Sunday, July 3
The Strip
It's a July tradition. The UFC throws a big night of fights in its hometown of Las Vegas connected to International Fight Week. You've got the UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday at the T-Mobile Arena, the UFC X fan expo at the Convention Center Friday and Saturday, and UFC 276 at the T-Mobile Arena Saturday night with Israel Adesanya defending his middleweight title against Jared Cannonier in the main event. There's even an official pool party at AYU Dayclub on Sunday.
Cost: Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 1
Off the Strip
Sickies Garage (one of our favorite places to grab a burger in Vegas) is serving a throwback menu through the end of July to celebrate the concept's 10th anniversary. Dishes from the first Sickies in Fargo, North Dakota are being offered, including a Chili Cheese Fries Burger, Fried Potato Salad, Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls, Birthday Cake Shake, and more.
Cost: Prices vary.

Friday, July–Saturday, July 2
Rosa Ristorante, already making a big splash in the Las Vegas dining scene, is introducing a new "Perfect Ten" happy hour that extends into the weekend with a choice of two times. Come in 3-6 pm or 9-10 pm Friday-Saturday for $10 cocktails (including a White Negroni or Pineapple Basil Smash), pizzas, and select wine. You can even get two draft beers for 10 bucks. It's a great way to save some money and see what this awesome new restaurant is all about. The Perfect Ten" happy hour also runs Sunday-Thursday 3-6 pm and 8-9 pm.
Cost: Happy hour pizzas and drinks are $10.

Have a few laughs this weekend

Friday, July 1-Sunday, July 3
The Strip
It's a big weekend for comedy. Iliza Shlesinger plays the Aces of Comedy series at the Mirage with performances Friday and Saturday at 10 pm. Kevin Hart continues to be the hardest working man in show business with shows at 7 pm and 10 pm on both Saturday and Sunday at the Chelsea inside the Cosmopolitan. Joe Rogan, in town to do commentary for the UFC, brings The Sacred Clown Tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday at 8 pm. After playing a pair of shows in May fresh off "the slap," Chris Rock is back at the Colosseum inside Caesars Palace Sunday at 7:30 pm.
Cost: Tickets begin at $49.99 for Iliza Shlesinger, $129 for Kevin Hart, $35 for Joe Rogan, and $99 for Chris Rock.

Go to a concert this weekend

Friday, July 1–Monday, July 4
Lots of big concerts in town for the holiday weekend. Sammy Hagar picks up where he left off with his sporadic residency at The Strat Friday and Saturday night, Morrissey is back for another run at the Colosseum inside Caesars Palace with the first two shows of his latest "Viva Moz Vegas" mini-residency Friday and Saturday, Sublime with Rome plays Mandalay Bay Beach Saturday, and Lionel Richie returns to his regular gig at the Encore Theater inside the Wynn Saturday and Sunday. No money? No problem. The Fremont Street Experience hosts free July 4th concerts by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mackenzie Porter, and Molly Hatchet on Monday.
Cost: Tickets begin at $100 for Sammy Hagar, $35 for Sublime with Rome, $58 for Morrissey, and $110 for Lionel Richie.

Monday, July 4
The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade is back to full form after downsizing during the pandemic, kicking off at 9 am on the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Driver in The Trails village. The spectacle is bigger than ever with more than 70 floats and presentations, including 24 large-scale parade balloons. A giant inflatable football in honor of the Raiders and floats dedicated to Encanto and Star Wars are among the highlights this year. The parade is expected to last two hours with about 50,000 spectators in attendance. So arrive early to scope out a vantage point along the parade route.
Cost: Free.

Watch fireworks for the 4th

Monday, July 4
Multiple Locations
There are so many fireworks to see in Las Vegas, it's nice that somebody put together a handy guide to keep track of them all. Caesars Palace hosts the only show on the Strip at 8:30 pm, but you can also watch the fireworks bursting in air Downtown at the Plaza, over the water at Lake Las Vegas, and from six Station Casino properties (Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Sunset Station, Boulder Station, and Santa Fe Station), which all get underway at 9 pm.
Cost: Free.

Monday, July 4
Encore at Wynn
Even a nightclub can get into the holiday spirit. XS is celebrating Independence Day with a backyard barbecue with bites by Delilah, one of the best restaurants in Vegas right now. Dance all night to the music of RL Grime, while nibbling on fun bites like pigs in a blanket, chicken tenders, sliders, and vegan-friendly Impossible burgers. Save room for popsicles and ice cream sandwiches too. Guests are also welcome to take a dip in the pool and play a few rounds of cornhole, beer pong, and oversized Jenga. Doors open at 10:30 pm.
Cost: General admission begins at $30.

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than seven years. In addition, his work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Leafly, Supercall, Modern Luxury, and Luxury Estates International's seasonal publication. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.