The United States of America celebrated its 243rd birthday Wednesday and Las Vegas joined in the celebration with parades, barbecues and plenty of fireworks.
With backyard barbecues and fireworks, Americans celebrated Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that expressed pride in their country’s 242nd birthday.
Mike Sullivan will tell you he has pyrotechnics in his blood, suggesting his heart might be pumping a bit faster than usual as he adds several hundred pounds of explosives to the already overwhelming display in the Las Vegas Valley skies on the night of July 4th.
The Animal Foundation will temporarily waive reclaiming fees for animals who run away after being frightened by loud Fourth of July fireworks displays.
As the July 4 holiday approaches, mental health experts warn that the sound of fireworks could be unsettling for Oct. 1 shooting survivors and others who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Caesars Palace presented a 13½ minute fireworks show at 9:20 p.m. As part of Independence Day festivities, the resort offered carnival games, foosball, a bocce ball court and drink specials.
The entire valley is invited to celebrate Independence Day in Summerlin with major events that start and end the day: the 24th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade at 9 a.m.; the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Star Spangled Spectacular concert with fireworks at TPC Summerlin in the evening; and a free fireworks show presented by Red Rock Resort at 9 p.m. visible from Downtown Summerlin and surrounding neighborhoods.
It all began with a bang. And Wednesday, two decades later to the day, the Las Vegas Philharmonic returns to when, and where, it all started: the Fourth of July, in Summerlin.
Backyard grills and barbecues will be heating up Wednesday, and restaurants are also getting into the spirit.
Fire, police and elected officials announced an enforcement initiative targeting those who buy and use illegal fireworks.