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December 19, 2014

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Celebrity preview: Khloe Kardashian, Papa Roach, Queen, Pauly D, Nick Cannon, Thunder

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Kim Kardashian, center, with sisters Khloe Kardashian Odom and Kourtney Kardashian, celebrates her 33rd birthday on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Tao in the Venetian.

Khloe Kardashian Appears at Kardashian Khaos

Khloe Kardashian arrives at Kardashian Khaos in the Mirage on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

It all begins with a parade and continues with a giant splash — an astounding series of splashes in the new Cowabunga Bay Water Park that opens today and winds up with Strip fireworks as America celebrates its 238th birthday in tandem with Khloe Kardashian’s 30th.

The largest and most colorful dazzling Fourth of July celebration is the 20th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade with Gov. Brian Sandoval leading the 2,500 marchers and 70 traditional floats, bands, 25 giant helium balloons, plus a “Frozen”-themed float. About 35,000 are expected to attend.

The eagerly awaited 23-acre Cowabunga Bay Water Park opens in Henderson today with more than 25 slides and attractions, which include eight slides, a giant wave pool, the largest lazy river in Nevada and a kids cove. Make a holiday splash and stay cool.

In addition to Strip fireworks at Mandalay Bay with Phoenix, Caesars Palace, Linq , Stratosphere and Station Casinos across the valley and Primm and Mesquite casino resorts, there’s a free concert at Fremont Street Experience with Papa Roach as part of the daylong UFC International Fight Week activities.

UFC Stars Host 2014 World Cup Party

UFC stars Forrest Griffin, Johny Hendricks and Vanessa Hanson host a World Cup viewing party at Lagasse's Stadium on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Palazzo. Launch slideshow »

UFC fighters and sexy Octagon Girls, including Brittany Palmer, will meet fans at tonight’s “Art of Fighting” exhibit before the concert with Papa Roach, P.O.D. and Lit. Octagon beauties Chrissy Blair and Jenny Andrade also join UFC fighters all day at Lagasse’s Stadium in Palazzo for World Cup viewing.

Today’s packed excitement is just the start of the three-day holiday weekend with plenty of fun set for Saturday and Sunday. Even Khloe is in town to celebrate her 30th birthday at Tao in the Venetian. Before the barbecue gets fired up, here’s our red, white and blue taste treats that each week we affectionately call the Royal Robin Rundown:

FRIDAY, JULY 4

MUSIC

Widespread Panic with Dirty Dozen Brass Band are at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Ashley Red’s show is followed by an After Midnight Jam with Leftover Salmon at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.

“Clint Holmes: This Thing Called Love — The Music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon” is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center all weekend.

The George Gee Swing Orchestra plays big-band music for dancing at Suncoast Showroom.

Keys ’N Krates is at Hard Rock Live! on the Strip.

Nashville Unplugged features Scott Reeves at Sunset Station.

Michael Grimm at Ovation Lounge

Bill Medley and Michael Grimm perform at Ovation Lounge at Green Valley Ranch on May 9, 2011. Launch slideshow »

“America’s Got Talent” winner Michael Grimm is at M Resort.

Papa Roach, P.O.D. and Lit are at FSE.

COMEDY

Ron White is at the Mirage for two nights as Carlos Mencia’s show there has been postponed.

Christopher Titus is at South Point through Monday.

OF SPECIAL NOTE

‘The Book of Mormon’

The second national tour of the nine-time Tony Award-winning “The Book of Mormon” now at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts through July 6, 2014.

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“The Book of Mormon” wraps its nearly monthlong sold-out run at the Smith Center through Sunday.

The all-day Liberty Festival at Petrack Park in Pahrump winds up with fireworks.

Cowabunga Bay opens in Henderson.

Sky Combat Ace launches a four-person Operation Red Flag stunt-plane dogfight package.

For the first time in three years, First Friday is dark and returns in August.

Station Casinos’ Fourth of July fireworks are at Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort.

High Roller at Sunset

Alejandro Higuera of Mexico rides the 550 foot-tall High Roller observation wheel, the tallest in the world, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The wheel is the centerpiece of the $550 million Linq project, a retail, dining and entertainment district by Caesars Entertainment Corp. Launch slideshow »

The Linq and the High Roller host a Fourth of July celebration.

The valley’s largest Fourth of July parade with more than 70 entries is in Summerlin.

Lion Fight 16 Muay Thai is at Pearl at the Palms.

Ulti-man 5K Run featuring UFC fit stations is at FSE.

PARTY PATROL

Kardashian Khaos Grand Opening Red Carpet Celebration at Mirage

The Kardashian Khaos grand opening red carpet celebration at the Mirage featuring Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick, Rob Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Kris Jenner on Dec. 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Khloe Kardashian’s 30th birthday is at Tao.

Too Short is at 1OAK in the Mirage.

Octagon Girls Brittney and Arianny Celeste are at Haze in Aria.

Morgan Page is at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

Tiesto is at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.

UFC fighters Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez are at Chateau Nightclub in Paris Las Vegas for two nights.

Afrojack Debuts at Hakkasan

Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack makes his debut at Hakkasan on Friday, March 21, 2014, in MGM Grand. Launch slideshow »

2014MDW: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Surrender

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis kick off their Wynn and Encore residency at Surrender on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Encore. Launch slideshow »

Afrojack is at Wet Republic in MGM Grand.

The EC Twins are at Marquee Dayclub in the Cosmopolitan.

DJs from Mars is at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are at Encore Beach Club.

Martin Solveig is at XS in Encore.

Krewella is at Daylight Beach Club in Mandalay Bay.

Baauer and Tony Arzadon are at Light in Mandalay Bay.

DJ Koko is at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.

SATURDAY, JULY 5

MUSIC

Kenny Loggins is at Orleans Showroom for two nights; our Q+A with him was posted Thursday.

Adam Lambert at Mandalay Bay Beach

Adam Lambert performs at Mandalay Bay on July 31, 2010. Launch slideshow »

Queen and Adam Lambert are at the Joint for two nights.

Sublime With Rome is at Mandalay Bay Beach.

Bob Weir and Ratdog are at Pearl.

The Dan Band is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

Zapp Band and The Original Stone City Band are at Sam’s Town Live!

The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies are at Silverton Casino Lodge.

COMEDY

The Comedy Blast at the Orleans has been canceled.

David Spade is at the Venetian.

OF SPECIAL NOTE

Thunder From Down Under

Clint dances on a table with the audience during Thunder From Down Under at the Excalibur in Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Thunder From Down Under celebrates its 13th anniversary at Excalibur and adds a 13th show to its weekly schedule to meet demand. The boys travel to Macau and Hong Kong in September.

The Aussie Thunder hunks welcome their new sister show, with the topless ladies in “Sydney After Dark” opening Monday at Planet Hollywood.

Summer Celebration is at Pahrump Nugget.

UFC Fan Expo is at Mandalay Bay for two days.

UFC 175: Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida is at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

PARTY PATROL

DJ Pauly D Kicks off Residency at Haze

DJ Pauly D, with singer Jay Sean, kicks off his residency at Haze in Aria on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Launch slideshow »

DJ Pauly D celebrates his birthday at Haze.

Nick Cannon is at 1OAK.

Calvin Harris is at Wet Republic, then later at Hakkasan.

Dillon Francis is at Surrender.

Carnage is at Marquee Dayclub.

Katy Tiz with Supa James and Eric Sean are at Palms Pool.

Zedd is at EBC.

Steve Angello is at XS.

Krewella is at Light.

SoMo is at Body English.

DJ Khaled is at Tao.

The Fan Expo After Party hosted by Cub Swanson, Jake Ellenberger and Ian McCall is at the Bank in Bellagio.

SUNDAY, JULY 6

MUSIC

America is at Cannery.

OF SPECIAL NOTE

“The Ultimate Fighter” Finale: Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn is at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Charity Series of Poker launches its Inaugural Poker Tournament at Planet Hollywood to benefit our Three Square food bank.

PARTY PATROL

Whoo Kid is at the Bank.

Dada Life is at Hakkasan.

1/1/11: Tiesto in Concert at The Joint

Tiesto in Concert at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on Jan. 1, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Tiesto is at Wet Republic.

Cash Cash is at Marquee Dayclub.

Steve Angello is at EBC.

Zedd is at XS.

Wale and Henrix are at Eclipse at Night at Mandalay Bay.

DJ Casanova is at Body English.

Have a fabulous Fourth of July Weekend! Check back Sunday for reports and photos of the parties and players and then next week as I head off for my annual vacation in Italy, Donny Osmond, Rick Harrison, Terry Fator and the gorgeous Sabina Kelley take over with the first of many guest columns in my absence.

Happy Birthday, America — still the best country on Earth!

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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