There are Las Vegas moments. And then there’s this:
Airline passengers arriving on Friday night saw Las Vegas like never before. Those with window seats on the right side of the plane saw Fourth of July fireworks above the Strip and across the valley, a lightning storm and the colorful lights of the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel.
“Quite a sight,” tweeted Mark Parker, a Billings, Mont., attorney.
I caught up to him by phone on Saturday for more details.
“I actually changed my ticket so I could have a seat with a view of the Strip while arriving,” Parker said.
The sky was on fire for as far as the eye could see, he said.
“It looked like 20 to 30 private fireworks shows, another half-dozen major ones, and the Strip was going crazy.
“Add the High Roller and the lightning, and it was just amazing,” he said.
If anyone on an arriving flight took video of the Strip during the fireworks show, email me at email@example.com.
Here’s how a bangin’ Fourth of July weekend was celebrated elsewhere:
■ At Encore Beach Club (Wynn) on Friday: Ne-Yo, with 10 friends taking in Macklemore &Ryan Lewis’ performance. Also partying there: Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, in a bungalow with his wife and friends.
■ Visiting Celine Dion before her show on Friday: Fellow Canadian Richard Dunn, who shot the “All By Myself” during a long layover at McCarran International Airport; Lance Bass of ’N Sync, with his partner Michael Turchin, and former hockey star Denis Savard. Dion invited Dunn to her show after his video went viral.
■ UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman continued his post-weigh-in tradition of dining in a steakhouse before a big fight by dining at N9NE Steakhouse (Palms) on Friday. His group included former UFC welterweight champ Matt Serra. At another table: UFC commentator Joe Rogan, with Brazilian jiujitsu fighter Eddie Bravo.
■ Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and unbeaten UFC star Daniel Cormier, co-hosting an Independence Day celebration at Chateau Nightclub (Paris) on Friday.
■ UFC Octagon Girls Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer at Haze Nightclub (Aria) on Friday, celebrating Palmer’s birthday party. Palmer was presented with a UFC-themed cake, and the two performed a special number onstage. They arrived onstage wearing fighter robes and waving the American flag.
■ Recording artist Nick Hissom, celebrating his 22nd birthday on Thursday at David Walzog’s Lakeside restaurant (Wynn). His group included members of his just-signed management team, Larry Rudolph and Rebecca Lambrecht of Reign Deer Entertainment, British Internet personality and blogger Joe Sugg and UK TV presenter Tim Kash. The party moved to Encore Beach Club for Ne-Yo’s performance and mingling with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
■ Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick, dining at Crush (MGM Grand) with his wife and friends on Thursday.
■ Actress Vivca A. Fox, who is set to star in NBC’s upcoming “Celebrity Apprentice,” dining at Trevi Italian Restaurant (Forum Shops at Caesars) on Thursday.
ROCKIN’ TIME IN THE ROCKIES
We spent the Fourth of July weekend in Denver, taking in the Rockies-Dodgers series and a Sarah McLachlan concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
She was as incredible in her venue as Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was in his. He ran his streak of scoreless innings to 36 in a 9-0 win on Friday.
One of the highlights came on Thursday night after the fireworks show. A lone player appeared in the dugout and came toward our box seats, where a couple fans called out to him.
He signed autographs and accommodated fans with photo requests. I stepped in for one.
It was Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers’ budding superstar. It was a good night for this old baseball writer, who covered the arrival of big league baseball in the Rockies.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Nathan Baca is leaving KLAS-TV, Channel 8 after four years to join the investigative team in Columbus, Ohio in August.
THE PUNCH LINE
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Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.