Las Vegas may be one of the best place – other than New York – to enjoy fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve. From the vantage point of The Strip to Fremont Street and various casinos, not to mention a few scenic vistas along the way, the colors and spectacle are breathtaking. Whether you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a boisterous group of folks ringing in the New Year or you prefer a romantic view from a rooftop or over dinner, there are so many “perfect” spots from which you can watch the fireworks cascade over the glittering lights of Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Strip
3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
The main Strip from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere is a sight to behold on New Year’s Eve. If you are staying on or near The Strip, one of the best vantage points is the view from the front of Caesar’s Palace. It keeps you somewhat removed from the crowds (if you find the right place to stand) and you can see the entire display up and down the Strip at any given time. While this is the traditional broadcast view of the fireworks, the crowds are immense, and if you are staying off-Strip, you will have to wait quite a while in traffic to get home. But if you are looking for a real Vegas experience, this is definitely “it.”
Rio All-Suites Hotel And Casino
3700 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
According to those in the know, the rooftop of the Rio has one of the best overall views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks displays. It commands a full view of the Strip at a safe distance and parking is decent.
Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spas
2300 Paseo Verde Parkway
Henderson, NV 89052
At one time, GVR had one of the most beautiful poolside displays of New Year’s Eve fireworks to be found in the Valley. It has since moved the fireworks away from the pool, and now the top of the parking structure gives you the best possible vantage point. It’s still a magical experience and a great time for revelers of all ages, keeping kids away from the crime and crowds on Strip while allowing for easier parking outside the chaos and commotion.
Fremont Street Experience
425 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
You may find yourself elbow-to-elbow with tourists from Germany or England, with standing room only and a cacophony of noise, but for an old-Vegas experience with a phenomenal twist that is truly second to none, nothing beats Fremont Street. The cover bands and/or local favorites, visiting artists and stage shows are truly amazing and among some of the best that Vegas has to offer. The party is held within the enclosed area of Fremont Street, featuring shows on the overhead Vista Vision screen and a countdown to New Year’s Eve. Oscar and Carolyn Goodman are usually in attendance to toast in the New Year, accompanied by a couple of showgirls on the main stage. And there’s usually free champagne as well as monster drinks for sale, as well as so many other souvenir items. Duck into the old casinos to see a glimpse of Vegas history, collect your Mardi Gras beads and if you’re hungry, there’s a multitude of reasonable buffets or meals at each of these places. You can usually get a pass a couple of weeks before the event at the offices. You check in to get a wristband and now you may have to show ID to be allowed on-Strip after 9 p.m. due to curfews, but that’s a small price to pay for an evening of entertainment. Warning: You do not actually see the fireworks from here but you still have the experience of Las Vegas in a closely patrolled setting.
The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
The observation tower at the Strat gives you the best possible view of everything happening on the Strip, especially the fireworks display. Here, you rise above it all to see the view from the top, and even though you may have to arrive early due to crowds of onlookers who come here every year, you will find all of the amenities and the view is breathtaking. Have a late dinner and then make your way upstairs for a view of Las Vegas that you won’t forget.
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Polaris Avenue and Russell Road
If you want to be near the Strip, but not caught within the throng or traffic jams, this dirt lot can hold thousands of parked cars. Since this road doesn’t close at Las Vegas Boulevard like other east-west streets, it is a haven in the storm for savvy locals. Many people consider this “the” best spot of all from which to watch the fireworks near, but not on, the Strip.
Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.