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Las Vegas live entertainment is back, baby!

by Susan and Simon Veness

Las Vegas has huge plans for its grand reopening, with a massive fireworks show that will light up the Strip on July 4, in celebration of Independence Day and the return of Vegas’s live entertainment.

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For the first time ever, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will present a Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza, proving in grand style that the “Entertainment Capital of the World” has completely reopened.

Fireworks by Grucci will light up the night, starting at 11 p.m. on July 4, in a coordinated performance launching from the rooftops of the Aria Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Resorts World Las Vegas, The Strat Hotel, Casino & Skypod, Treasure Island Las Vegas, and the Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

Las Vegas fireworks

The Independence Day pageantry is just part of the reopening. In addition, a star-studded roster of live entertainment and events have been added to this summer’s performances, as follows:

  • Brad Paisley at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas – June 25-26
  • Mystére by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island Las Vegas – starting June 28
  • Shin Lim at The Theater at The Mirage – Thursday-Monday starting July 1
  • “O” by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio Resort & Casino – starting July 1
  • Bill Burr at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – July 2-3
  • Aces of Comedy at The Mirage Hotel and Casino:
    • Tom Segura – July 2-3
    • Chelsea Handler – July 10
    • Bill Maher – July 16-17
    • Gabriel Iglesias – July 23-24
    • Jim Jefferies – July 30-31
  • Dave Chappelle at MGM Grand Garden Arena – July 2-3
  • Illenium at Allegiant Stadium – July 3
  • Bruno Mars at Park MGM – July 3-4, 9-10, 23-24 (all shows sold out)
  • Miley Cyrus at Ayu Dayclub at Resorts World Las Vegas – July 4
  • Dave Chappelle and Joe Rogan at MGM Grand Garden Arena – July 8-9
  • Garth Brooks at Allegiant Stadium – July 10 (sold out)
  • UFC 264 – Poirier vs McGregor 3 at T-Mobile Arena – July 10
  • Paul Oakenfold at Area15 – July 10
  • Criss Angel Mindfreak at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino – starting July 7
  • Usher at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – July 16-17, 21, 23-24, 28, 30-31
  • Debbie Gibson and Joey McIntyre at Sands Showroom at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas – August 26-29

But it doesn’t end there. Four additional resorts — Plaza Hotel & Casino, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino, and Lake Las Vegas — will host their own fireworks shows on Independence Day.

Las Vegas fireworks over casino
Fireworks explode over Caesars Palace along the Las Vegas Strip during its annual 4th of July celebration Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Las Vegas. The property also offers lawn games, a DJ, a hot dog cart and more, through the weekend.
David Becker/Las Vegas News Bureau

“Las Vegas is a city built on hospitality and entertainment, and we are thrilled to welcome visitors back from around the country,” Kate Wik, chief marketing officer for the LVCVA said. “The excitement throughout the destination is palpable, and we know the pent-up demand to visit is real. We have been waiting for this moment to announce that, once again, your ‘Only Vegas’ experience is waiting.”

Also new this year is the 4,742-square-foot Midway expansion at Circus Circus hotel and casino.

Las Vegas returned to 100% capacity on June 1, with no further restrictions.

For more information, visit VisitLasVegas.com.

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