Fireworks will burst from seven Strip hotels on New Year’s

Talk about getting your bang for your buck.

Nearly $200 million in nongaming revenues are expected to help ring in the new year with an estimated 300,000 people for Las Vegas’ annual fireworks show.

Seven casinos along the Strip, from the Stratosphere to the MGM Grand, will allow loads of explosives to be shot from their rooftops.

The Fremont Street Experience in downtown will be incorporated into the display, with its canopy lighting up the mall at the stroke of midnight and to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne.”

The city’s mayor, a Clark County commissioner and a host of coordinators with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority had a hard time containing their enthusiasm Thursday as they ticked off the names of the seven hotels.

Then they reminded those attending a news conference at Fashion Show mall of what is fast becoming the obvious: When it comes to New Year’s parties, Las Vegas is the place to be.

“We light it up, from downtown to the end of the Strip. We’re the entertainment capital of the world,” said County Commissioner Tom Collins, chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

“And being the entertainment capital of the world means that something is always happening in Las Vegas.”

Said Mayor Carolyn Goodman, “Just remember: Don’t drink and drive.”

Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events, jokingly told the crowd that he felt like he was inside the movie “Groundhog Day,” the 1993 comedy that starred Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. That is just how steadfast the fireworks show has been, year in and year out, always dubbed “America’s Party,” Christenson said.

The only big difference this year is that the 8-minute, 12-second fireworks show will go on without the Tropicana, said Michael Mack, a spokesman for Las Vegas Events.

And it will have a new set of songs, geared mostly toward the younger generation.

“Auld Lang Syne” will be the first song, followed by Flo Rida’s “Whistle,” Pink’s “Raise Your Glass,” Avicii’s “Le7els,” Duncan’s “Light up the Sky,” and Wanted’s “Glad You Came.”

The finale will be “Titanium,” by David Guetta.

Phil Grucci is executive vice president of Fireworks by Grucci, the company putting on the show. This will be the eighth straight year that it has done so.

Grucci said he picked the songs specifically to go along with the fireworks.

He said as many as 10,000 electrical circuits will be used to activate the 88,000 “little lights” that will explode into the air right after the countdown.

Grucci said it was important to choose the music first, then set the fireworks to the hymn and theme.

Grucci’s family has been running fireworks shows in some form or another for six generations. He has been putting on the Las Vegas show for eight straight years and said he never tires of doing it.

“This is the biggest fireworks show in the country,” said Grucci.

“No city has a bigger show than this one. Only New York City on the Fourth of July might have something larger; but as far as pyrotechnics goes, we’re it. And I’m always happy to be a part of it.”

Contact reporter Tom Ragan at tragan@reviewjournal.com or 702-224-5512.

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