Hills Park to host big blast on Fourth

The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin, will sponsor the ninth annual Star Spangled Spectacular July 4 featuring the 75-piece Las Vegas Philharmonic and fireworks. The concert at The Hills Park begins at 8 p.m.

This family-style Independence Day event — one of Las Vegas’ most popular traditions — will feature patriotic tunes and marches, as well as a full fireworks grand finale created by pyrotechnics company Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, set to Tchaikovsky’s familiar “1812 Overture.” The Philharmonic’s new conductor, David Itkin, will lead the orchestra in the rousing salute to America.

“As always, the Star Spangled Spectacular is a major Summerlin happening,” said Tom Warden, vice president of community and government relations for The Howard Hughes Corp. “We can always count on the Star Spangled Spectacular to create goose bumps, and this year will be no different. There is no better place to end your Fourth of July than The Hills Park at Summerlin — complete with fireworks and a 75-piece orchestra.”

“It has become a tradition for The Howard Hughes Corp. to underwrite this event that has become a seasonal tradition for many Las Vegas families. It’s also a great way for our community to show its patriotism.”

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance cost $25 for adults and $20 for children under 12. Advance tickets must be purchased at the UNLV Performing Arts box office or the Galleria at Sunset mall.

Tickets purchased at the gate are $30 for adults and $25 for children ages 6 to 12. Tickets for the VIP Pavilion, which features a full buffet, wine and soft drinks, are $100 per person (no children’s price for VIP tickets). They are available by calling 895-ARTS.

There will be open lawn seating as well as food and drinks for sale. Blankets, beach chairs and coolers are welcome.

For more information, call the Las Vegas Philharmonic office at 258-5438 or visit the Web site, unlvtickets.com.

The Howard Hughes Corp. is an affiliate of General Growth Properties Inc. The master-planned community of Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 along the western rim of the Las Vegas Valley.

The community today is home to more than 95,000 residents with about 7,500 acres still to develop, including its urban core, Summerlin Centre.

Summerlin is home to more than 100 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of the Summerlin trail system, houses of worship, shopping centers, medical facilities, cultural facilities, restaurants and business parks.

Homes are available in a variety of styles — from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts — priced from the low $200,000s to more than $2 million.

Custom home sites in The Ridges are priced from the $500,000s. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the low $1,000s.

For more information, call 791-4500 or visit summerlin.com.

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