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Fourth of July 2008

Fireworks burst on July 4 in the Las Vegas Valley's skies to celebrate America's birthday.

  • July 4th coverage
  • For professional pyros, it’s all in a day's work

    By Melissa Arseniuk · July 5, 2008 · 4:52 a.m.

    If fireworks are the candles on America’s birthday cake, the city of Henderson blew out more than 900 of them Friday night.

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  • On the Strip, holiday is another reason to party

    By Cara McCoy · July 5, 2008 · 4:13 a.m.

    This July 4 was much like any other day on the Las Vegas Strip: hot, busy and festive. The majority of Strip-goers, however, seemed oblivious to the fact that it was a national holiday -- the nation's birthday. Any Friday in Vegas is a holiday, right?

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  • 5 casinos set the Valley’s sky ablaze

    By Cydney Cappello, Amanda Finnegan · July 5, 2008 · 2:36 a.m.

    As the sun set and the sky dimmed from blue to purple to black, Las Vegans and visitors waited for the horizon to reignite. Thousands of Valley residents opted against the holiday bustle of the Strip and headed to local casinos for some of the largest of the city’s fireworks displays.

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  • Free holiday concert rocks Fremont district

    By Levi Chronister · July 5, 2008 · 2:36 a.m.

    The Fremont Street Experience was filled with tourists and locals celebrating the holiday by watching the Viva Vision light shows and cover bands playing country, disco and doo-wop, but the real action was at the Fremont East Entertainment District, where the streets were filled with people attending the area's second Rock the Block Music Festival.

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  • Anthem Hills residents gather for holiday celebration

    By Jenna Kohler · July 5, 2008 · 1:44 a.m.

    It was a steep walk down the short, winding descent into the arena at Anthem Hills Park that hosted one of Henderson's Fourth of July blowouts Friday.

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  • At LV Phil event, hearts go boom

    By John Katsilometes · July 4, 2008 · 10:48 p.m.

    Chuck and Carol Coleman first experienced the fireworks in 1994. But it wasn't on the Fourth of July. It was in October. And it wasn't an actual pyrotechnics show that stirred the couple.

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  • County offers swimmers a holiday freebie

    By April Corbin · July 4, 2008 · 7:35 p.m.

    While the Sunrise Recreation Center lacks the twisting slides, gushing fountains and play areas of the county's flashier water parks, the atmosphere this Fourth of July was still one of lighthearted fun -- and all set to the tune of cannonball splashes, giggling children and the lifeguards' constant reminders to "walk, don't run."

  • Boulder City residents, politicians turn out for Damboree

    By Cassie Tomlin · July 4, 2008 · 4:55 p.m.

    Dripping wet political hopefuls and confetti-coated lawns ushered in Boulder City’s 60th annual Damboree — a scene reminiscent of the town’s early Fourth of July celebrations. Independence Day morning, Nevada Way swelled with thousands of spectators, and about 120 floats crawled along the parade route — a tractor-trailer, a boat and a band of horses among them.

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  • Web site, Damboree unite Boulder City alums

    By Cassie Tomlin · July 4, 2008 · 5:37 p.m. has been buzzing with posts this summer. The social networking site saw a lot of hits near Independence Day, the typical reunion season for Boulder City High School graduates of the past.

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  • Summerlin parade draws 35,000

    By Jeff O’Brien · July 4, 2008 · 4:26 p.m.

    In a tradition that has grown with time, the 14th annual Summerlin Patriotic Parade attracted more than 35,000 spectators to the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Drive Friday morning to see a colorful stream of floats, bands, performing groups and giant helium balloons.

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  • July 3rd coverage
  • A Jubilant Jubilee: Undaunted by heat, North Las Vegans party hard

    By Cara McCoy · July 4, 2008 · 4:12 a.m.

    Thousands of North Las Vegans braved the blazing heat Thursday night to celebrate America’s birthday with food, fireworks and a variety of family-friendly fun at the ninth-annual Independence Day Jubilee at Seastrand Park.

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  • Nostalgia ushers in holiday for downtown crowd

    By Melissa Arseniuk · July 4, 2008 · 2:44 a.m.

    Though the chorus waves "Bye bye miss American pie," proud Americans said hello to the ballad once again Thursday as it had its Viva Vision premiere at the Fremont Street Experience.

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  • Traditions of baseball, fireworks bring out Cashman crowd

    By Amanda Finnegan · July 4, 2008 · 4:35 a.m.

    The night of July 3 brought fans out for a bundle of American traditions: beers, baseball and the birthday of our country.

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  • Fans flock to speedway’s fireworks show

    By Cydney Cappello · July 4, 2008 · 3:23 a.m.

    Car racing enthusiasts kicked off the Fourth of July holiday festivities early on Thursday with the annual Night of Fire at the Bullring of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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  • Who needs apple pie and Chevrolets when there’s baseball and hot dogs at Cashman Field?

    By Ron Kantowski · July 3, 2008 · 10:56 p.m.

    Remember the old TV jingle "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet?" That sounds like the makings of a promising Fourth of July weekend. But with gas going for $4.25 a gallon, the Chevy had better be an old Chevette. Or better yet, a camel. I didn't see too many Chevettes parked at Cashman Field tonight. Or camels.

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  • Station Casinos ready to light up the Valley

    By Amanda Finnegan · July 3, 2008 · 3:10 p.m.

    Atop the Sunset Station Casino on Thursday morning, in the blistering 112-degree heat, Jim Grucci and his team were preparing for a spectacle. Grucci, chief pyrotechnician of Grucci’s of New York, and his technicians have one of the most important jobs this Fourth of July: lighting up the Las Vegas sky for thousands of spectators who watch the fireworks displays launched from Station Casinos.

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  • Pre-holiday coverage
  • Fire officials urge caution with fireworks

    By Jeremy Twitchell · July 2, 2008 · 5:33 p.m.

    With drought conditions as severe as ever and the image of another round of California wildfires burned freshly in their minds, fire safety officials are urging extreme care with fireworks this holiday weekend.

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  • New fireworks display in Old Henderson

    By Kirk Baird · July 2, 2008 · 5:03 p.m.

    To cap its annual Fourth of July celebration last year, the city of Henderson tried something different, launching fireworks from the roof of City Hall. Lantis Fireworks played it safe and put on what President Ken Lantis called an "easy show and it was an OK show.""

  • Independence Day events in Henderson

    By Dave Clark · July 2, 2008 · 4:27 p.m.

    Henderson residents will have a variety of firework-viewing options this Fourth of July with displays and concerts in downtown Henderson and Anthem Hills Park as well as fireworks at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Sunset Station and Lake Las Vegas.