With an average high temperature of 106 F (41.1 C), you might think that Las Vegas is on fire in July. You’d be half right: our fireworks for the Fourth of July are the hottest show in town. Outside of that, summer in the desert just means pool season is in full swing. In fact, this is a great time of year to sit poolside sipping a refreshing cocktail, followed by an afternoon or evening of gaming and shows. Alternative, you can do a “casino walk” down the Strip just moving from hotel to hotel. If you can rouse yourself early enough, mornings are lovely with an our average low of 76 F (24.4 C): the best time to get in a round of golf or a early stroll. Humidity is low, with an average of 24%.
Note: the desert sun is intense: if you spend much time outside, be sure you stay hydrated and carry sunscreen.
- July 6–7: Bank of America Museums on Us
- July 5: First Friday Art Celebration
- July 13: Second Saturday Vegas StrEATS
- July 18: Thirsty Third Thursday Pub Crawl
Plus: The Outdoor Picture Show every Friday and Saturday night, and a handful runs and marathons.
Additionally, July offers a special selection of Fourth of July activities:
- 4th with the Phil
- Fireworks on the Strip
- Henderson 4th of July Celebration
- Boulder City Damboree Celebration
Fourth of July in Vegas
Symphony Park: sitting right next door to the Smith Center, visitors can enter the park starting at 4 p.m. and enjoy hotdogs, hamburgers, ice cream, beer and wine while enjoying live music. At 9 p.m. revelers can watch a fireworks show.
Reynolds Hall: The Las Vegas Philharmonic will be presenting a special Fourth of July concert with conductor Matt Catingub. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., theatregoers will have the option to migrate outside to watch the fireworks, or they can stay inside and watch the fireworks on a video simulcast with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Fireworks on the Strip
The Strip along Las Vegas Blvd at 9 p.m.
Just down the Strip from the Riviera, Caesars Palace Las Vegas will present its annual Fourth of July show, with fireworks by Grucci launched from the hotel’s Roman Tower. You’ll be able to find multiple great vantage points; just mosey on down the Strip. We do recommend getting there early, as the Strip can get packed with revelers.
Henderson 4th of July Celebration
In Mission Hills Park in Henderson (SE of Las Vegas) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Map
Henderson, just to the SE of Vegas, always hosts a fun Fourth of July celebration that’s great (and free!) for the whole family. Enjoy hotdogs, hamburgers, sno-cones and ice cream (with proceeds benefitting local schools) while you listen to live music – including a fantastic Battle of the Bands – and watch or join basketball and volleyball tournaments. Naturally, the party concludes with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Boulder City is past Henderson, about half an hour from the Riviera by car. Its Damboree festivities celebrate the Fourth of July in fun style. First, the party starts early, with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a parade starting at Colorado and moving down Nevada Highway. From there, you can spend the day enjoying midway games, contests, food and live music. The day-long party concludes, of course, with a fireworks show at 9 p.m.
Recurring & Ongoing Monthly Events
All Month: Outdoor Picture Show
The District at Green Valley Ranch is a mixed-use community that offers plenty of mid-range to high-end shopping and dining. During the warm months, they present the free “Outdoor Picture Show” on Friday and Saturday nights, a screening classic and older films suitable for the whole family. This month, they’ll be showing:
- July 5: Happy Feet
- July 6: Happy Feet 2
- July 12: Born To Be Wild
- July 13: Jumanji
- July 19: Charlotte’s Web
- July 20: Lady and the Tramp
- July 26: Cinderella
- July 27: Despicable Me
It’s recommended to arrive well before the movie starts (at dusk, usually 8 p.m.). Seating in the grassy ‘The Green’ is limited. It’s also a great spot for a picnic, and what a coincidence: there’s a Whole Foods Market right next door!
Bank of America Museums on Us® (Free)
July 6 & 7, 2013
Are you a Bank of America debit or credit cardholder? Then you have automatic free admission the first full weekend each month to several museums and attractions in the Las Vegas area.
Participating museums in the BofA program include:
First Friday Art Celebration (Free)
Friday, June 7, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Downtown Arts District
Vegas celebrates its arts community the first Friday of every month. It’s a fun and family-friendly event that includes artists, vendors and activities. It’s also free, but you may want to bring along some cash if you plan on purchasing any art or taking advantage of the many, many food trucks. The celebration also usually features multiple live bands and live performance “paintings.” It’s one of our favorite events to take the family, get away from the Strip for an evening and discover a cornucopia of artisans specializing in all kinds of media, like painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and more.
For more information about getting there and what it includes, visit their website.
Second Saturday Vegas StrEATS
Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
600 E. Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
6 p.m. To 1 a.m.
This month, First Friday and Second Saturday happen to fall on consecutive days, making for one entertaining weekend!
This food festival celebrates the food trucks that meander around Vegas serving their portable cuisine. On the second Saturday of each month, the trucks gather at the El Cortez. As you sample their nibbles, you can enjoy live music and browse art by local artists. The street festival is free to attend, though you’ll pay for the food.
Thirsty Third Thursday Pub Crawl
Thursday, June 20, 2013 starting at 7 p.m.
For $20, participants in this monthly event get 6 drinks at 6 different bars, 50% off an entree, 50% of an appetizer and live music. It’s a great way to get a good deal and meet new friends over a drink.
Races, Marathons and Sporty Events in June
The races slow down in July (hey, it’s hot here!), but you’ve still got some good choices, including a 4th of July 5K Blast on Independence Day. Check out the current calendar at RunningInTheUsa.com.