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July Fourth in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas hosts several July 4th events to keep the whole family happy. From little town celebrations to world class fireworks shows, Las Vegas has something for everyone this holiday.

Stations casinos, a locals' casino chain, hosts fireworks shows at several of their properties every year. Each year they blast off over 9 minutes of fireworks presented by the leading pyrotechnic family, Grucci of New York. Aliante Station, Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station and Red Rock Resort will begin fireworks at around 8:45 pm to 9 pm, Wednesday July 4, 2012.

Positioned around town, where ever you are coming from you are bound to be close to one of these casinos. There is no need to go inside unless you want to make a night out of it, but position yourself outside in the special viewing sections designated in each of the casino's parking lots and enjoy the show. Green Valley Ranch Resort has special viewing areas located near their pool if you want to combine some club time with the show. If you decide to watch in your car the shows will be synchronized with music that you can tune your radio to, 96.3 FM at Red Rock, 105.7 FM at Fiesta, 102.7 FM at Green Valley Ranch, 720 AM at Aliante and 107.5 at Texas. For more information visit http://blog.stationcasinos.com/2012/06/station-casinos-hosting-largest-4thofjuly-2012-fireworks-show-in-southern-nevada/. This blog will provide the most updated information.

If fireworks aren't your thing, Red, White and Tunes at the Springs Preserve might be a good fit for you. The Springs Preserve will celebrate Independence Day on Saturday June 30, from 8 pm to 10 pm, with an evening concert from UNLV's Community Band. Your encouraged to bring low back chairs or blankets to enjoy the show. Food and a bar service will be provided by the Springs Cafe. Ticket information can be found on their website at www.springspreserve.org .

Summerlin, a planned community west of Las Vegas will host its 16th annual Patriotic Parade from 9 to 11 am on July 4. The parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Drive in The Trails Village of Summerlin. Participants will travel south on Hills Center Drive toward the Village Center Circle roundabout before heading west on Trailwood Drive. The parade will end at the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane. For more information visit http://www.summerlink.com.

For a small town traditional celebration, venture back in time and visit Boulder City, a city just east of Las Vegas and Henderson. Celebrations begin July 4 at 9 am and run all day long in various locations. Events include a parade at 9 am and a fireworks show at 9 pm. A list of locations and events can be found at www.bcnv.org/Damboree.

New this year on July 4, 6 to 9 pm, is a free fireworks show at Knickerbocker Park in the community Providence in northwest Las Vegas. The parks location will let you view the whole city while watching the spectacular firework presentation. Bring a picnic and enjoy music, activities, vendors and more. For more information visit http://www.providencelv.com.

No matter how you celebrate, celebrate safely. The police have set up several check points throughout town to make sure festivities are enjoyed safely. Since you can only take part in one of these exciting holiday celebration choices, be around next year to attend another one.

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