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Today and Fourth of July in L.V.: fireworks, barbecues, concerts, UFC


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Independence Day fireworks go off at Mandalay Beach in Las Vegas Monday, July 4, 2011.

Donny & Marie Osmond's 500th Performance

Donny & Marie Osmond's 500th performance at the Flamingo on March 23, 2011. Launch slideshow »

UFC 148 News Conference

UFC president Dana White steps in to separate UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, left, and challenger Chael Sonnen as they face off after a news conference to promote their bout at UFC 148 Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Launch slideshow »

2012 NASCAR Hauler Parade on the Strip

The 2012 NASCAR hauler parade on the Strip on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Grand Opening

The grand opening of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on May 22, 2010. Launch slideshow »

2012 USA Sevens Rugby: Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience

2012 USA Sevens Rugby parade of nations at Fremont Street Experience on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Here is the Royal Robin Rundown of events on the third and Fourth of July in town:


Donny and Marie Osmond celebrate Independence Day with a special matinee show at 4 p.m. in addition to their 7:30 p.m. performance, and ticket prices for the holiday are discounted $25 for locals.

Singer and Songwriters Hall of Famer Don Mclean, the master of “American Pie,” performs at LVH.

UFC 148 combatants Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen hold a press conference with UFC President Dana White at Lagasse’s Stadium in the Palazzo. Fans can watch it live at

Happy 1st Birthday to Siegfried & Roy’s dolphin calf K2 at their Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat in the Mirage.

Dat Phan, Tim Jones and Wendy Hammers headline at Harrah’s Improv through Sunday.

Brandon Kent hosts Fancy Sauce at Moon in the Palms.

Trumpet titan Dave Perrico and vocalist Naomi Mauro lead their 18-piece Pop Evolution at South Point with an early Fourth of July concert celebration.

For fireworks ahead of Wednesday, Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s annual Night of Fire features famous monster truck Big Foot in its only Las Vegas appearance this year. NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing, jet car burn, waterless boat races, chargers, bombers and legends will race in honor of Independence Day, followed by fireworks.

Franky Perez headlines North Las Vegas Jubilee with fireworks at James Seastrand Park.


Happy Birthday, America!

Other firework shows are at Cashman Field with the Las Vegas 51s after their Tucson Padres game; Mission Hills Park in Henderson with the Randy Anderson Band and Henderson Symphony Orchestra; and the Primm Valley casino resorts at Buffalo Bill’s and Star of the Desert Arena.

The downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health honors Independence Day by illuminating the Keep Memory Alive Event Center in red, white and blue.

Encore Beach Club at Steve Wynn’s Encore, Wet Republic at MGM Grand and Sway Pool at Silverton Casino Lodge host Fourth of July poolside barbecues.

The Boulder City Damboree Celebration starts with a pancake breakfast and includes a parade, midway booths, food, entertainment, games, contests and fireworks.

3 Doors Down performs a free concert downtown at Fremont Street Experience to kick off the inaugural UFC International Fight Week, where MMA fans have four days of pub crawls, pool parties and UFC Fan Expo leading up to Saturday’s Silva vs. Sonnen II at UFC 148.

Also Wednesday, UFC fighters teach MMA techniques at Ultimate Fighter Gym. The Octagon Nation Truck interactive fan exhibit is 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at FSE. And Octagon beauties and UFC fighters throw a barbecue pool party at Marquee Dayclub in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Check out colleague Allison Duck’s Fourth of July guide for a Valley-wide rundown. We’ll take a break to watch the Strip fireworks, too, and then return Thursday.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

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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