Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 | 11 a.m.
It has been a full year in the planning and making, but now everything is set for this year’s Dec. 31 midnight welcome to 2014 with more than 80,000 pyrotechnic fireworks that will run 8 minutes and 23 seconds. Officials estimate that 330,000 people will pack Las Vegas to kick out the Old Year and greet the New Year.
The fireworks choreography will be set to a soundtrack using Pitbull and Christina Aguilera’s “Feel This Moment” as the theme of this year’s colorful explosions. The performance will start at 11:59:50 p.m. with 10 seconds of dramatic pyrotechnics rising up as the official countdown from the Stratosphere rooftop firing location.
Exactly at the stroke of midnight, the sequences will kick in from the Venetian, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria and MGM Grand. More than 10,000 circuits will deliver split-second electrical pulses to ignite one of America’s largest New Year’s Eve spectaculars and one of the biggest in the world.
The exhilarating music mix kicks off with Mariah Carey’s traditional “Auld Lang Syne.” Then it’s a salute to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby with “Well Did You Evah.” Poison continues with “Nothing But a Good Time” followed by “Wild One” by Flo Rida and Sia.
After Pitbull and Christina, Rihanna’s “Diamonds” follows Robin Thicke’s mega-hit “Blurred Lines.” The Grucci Fireworks finale with barrages of titanium flash salutes that will rattle the night sky and the Strip will be matched with colorful chrysanthemum explosions — all to “Stomp the Beat” by JS16.
Officials from Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority joined city leaders and Fireworks by Grucci execs this morning on the 50th floor of Voo Doo Nightclub at the Rio to announce the details of the citywide America’s Party 2014.
“There’s no better place to spend New Year’s Eve than Las Vegas,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman in a news release. “This is a place where anything can happen, and I invite everyone to visit our rejuvenated downtown where you can experience the fun and energy of the Fremont East Entertainment District and Downtown Third, as well as the excitement of the world-famous Fremont Street Experience.”
“America’s Party has become one of the destination’s iconic events,” said LVE President Pat Christenson. “It is our goal each year to produce a world-class display that will amaze the thousands of revelers on the Strip and those watching around the world. This production would not be possible without the cooperation between the LVCVA, Las Vegas Events, Fireworks by Grucci, the Clark County Fire Department and Development Services & Fire Prevention, LVMPD, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and the individual resort properties.”
“More than 330,000 visitors will ring in the New Year in Las Vegas because they know there is no better place to be,” said LVCVA Chairman and Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins. “Vegas is the perfect setting for America’s Party, and we’re ready for another world-class celebration.”
Revelers also can rock ’n’ roll into the New Year during the Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve 2014 celebration taking place in a nine-hour music marathon until 3 a.m. at FSE. The ultimate Dec. 31 street party starting at 6 p.m. features Papa Roach, Blues Traveler, Loverboy, Adelitas Way, Vince Neil, Arena, The Blackjacks, Clockwork, Kid Hollywood and Monroy.
Fireworks by Grucci is world renowned for its pyrotechnic creations. The group recently created the spectacular grand opening of the Atlantis Hotel and the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai and has executed numerous presidential inaugurations and citywide celebrations. Locally, Fireworks by Grucci has produced many of Las Vegas’ largest special events and grand openings, including the official Las Vegas Centennial celebration.
“The Grucci family is honored and proud once again to work with Las Vegas to paint the sky with a tapestry of color and bombardment that only Fireworks by Grucci can deliver,” said Phil Grucci, president and CEO. “As we leave 2013 in the past and enter 2014, America’s Party will come alive with music, parties, good wishes and the most spectacular fireworks in the country. We rest our reputation for six generations on this year’s performance, which promises to be a more than spectacular welcoming to the year 2014.”
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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