The 4th of July is a big deal in Las Vegas, so make sure you prepare for the party early! Whether your idea of fun is a huge pool party with stellar music and tasty food, or a night out at one of Vegas’ trendiest clubs, there is something for everyone in Las Vegas. Vegas does holidays right, so let’s fill you in on all the hot spots to cheer on the good ‘ol US of A!
Book Your Room
The Strip offers many hotel rooms and options for the intrepid traveler, but this area of Las Vegas tends to get crazy busy during holiday weekends, so you may want to consider a room that is just a bit off the Strip. A hotel in DTLV (Downtown Las Vegas) might be the answer, or a truly off-Strip location like Tahiti Village is always a terrific option. The benefits of staying away from the Vegas Strip when booking your hotel are numerous – including quieter sleeping hours, less crowds, and more affordable suites.
4th of July Activities in Las Vegas
You couldn’t possibly fit all the 4th of July-related activities into a couple of days, so make sure to create a list and check off a few venues and experiences that you consider must-dos. Here are some of our favorites:
- Relax by the pool. Sound anticlimactic? Sometimes there’s nothing better than spending a leisurely afternoon by the pool enjoying both the cool water and the toasty heat of the summer sun. If the water is calling your name, book a resort that has a big pool and plenty of amenities that’ll make your time in the sun unforgettable.
- Attend a Las Vegas pool party! On a warm, holiday weekend in Las Vegas, prepare for a massive selection of pool parties! Whether your ideal pool party involves getting loud with a thousand of your closest friends or sampling fine wine and small plates at an exclusive poolside enclave, Las Vegas has what you want.
- Check out a museum. While visiting a museum might not be the first holiday weekend activity that comes to mind, it’s going to be warm on the 4th and taking an occasional break from the heat will help keep your energy levels up and your body cool. Plus, there are dozens of incredible museums to check out in the area. From the fascinating Mob Museum to Madame Tussauds, the Bellagio Art Gallery to the Neon Museum, you’ll find a little slice of Las Vegas history – and some much needed A/C – when you take a detour to one of these local venues.
- Take in a show! The nightlife never stops in Las Vegas, and the week of the 4th is chock full of amazing shows. From David Copperfield’s intriguing acts to the seemingly-impossible stunts on display at any of the Cirque du Soleil shows each night, attending a show in Vegas is a great way to stay cool and witness the theatrics of a live performance.
- Watch the fireworks. Our inner child loves bright lights and big bangs, and the annual fireworks shows in and around the Vegas Valley never disappoint. Stroll the Strip for an up close and personal view of the Caesar’s Palace fireworks show (starts at 9:15pm on Saturday, June 30th), or head out toward Lake Mead and take in the Lake Las Vegas fireworks show on July 7th! You can catch more than one show if you’re planning to stay the entire week.
Things to Remember When Visiting Las Vegas for the 4th of July
-Keep in mind that it’ll be crowded, so mentally prepare for that aspect of the holiday week.
-It’s going to be warm, even at night. With daytime temperatures averaging 106 degrees in July, dress appropriately and have a plan that involves taking breaks inside or at the pool.
-Book now! It gets busy this time of year, so look for a resort that is near the center of town but isn’t on the Strip. You’ll generally get a much better deal on a room.
-Since the 4th lands on a Wednesday this year, plan on festivities starting on the Friday before and culminating on the 4th of July. Heading into town the weekend before ensures you’ll have access to the full calendar of events.
Whether this is your first time spending the 4th of July in Vegas or you’re a regular to Sin City, take the time to plan where you’ll stay and what you’ll do (even if that means planning to do nothing by the pool).