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Monday, June 30, 2014 | 6 p.m.
With the arrival of the High Roller observation wheel at the Linq, the tallest in the world per Guinness World Record accountants, you can for the first time this year catch an aerial view of the smaller-than-usual, back-to-back fireworks planned for the Fourth of July.
However, there will be two incredible shows nearly on top of each other. The first starts at Caesars at 9 p.m., and the Linq’s display follows at 9:30. There will be pyrotechnics at the Phoenix concert at Mandalay Bay Beach that kicks off at 8 p.m.
Maybe it’s the drought or lack of funding, but don’t expect the colorful bursts of past years to come from the roofs of 12 major hotels. It’s not on our Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority budget this time around, but Henderson and Boulder City are still going forward with their celebrations, along with the casinos on the California-Nevada border in Primm and Laughlin’s Rockets Over the River.
Thanks also to the folks at the Stratosphere and Aliante, the tradition will continue, and Station Casinos will light up the night sky with a near 10-minute extravaganza at its Green Valley, Red Rock, Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho casinos starting at 9 p.m. Another fireworks show will be at Cashman Field as the Las Vegas 51s battle the Tucson Padres.
There’s a 24-hour jump on the party at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday with fireworks around the NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing complete with a MAVTV Missile jet-car burn.
FINISHING TOUCHES: Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade organizers wrap up work Tuesday on their floats for the 20th annual event Friday. It’s the valley’s largest Independence Day Parade featuring more than 70 entries, including traditional floats, giant inflatable balloons, bands and performance groups and a variety of kids’ storybook and cartoon characters.
More than 2,500 people are participating in the parade, and more than 500 volunteers from dozens of schools and community groups are assisting with operations. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend.
TV BROADCASTS: Fox show host and investigative journalist John Stossel will tape his program with a live studio audience from FreedomFest at Planet Hollywood on July 10. Former Libertarian Party VP nominee Wayne Allan Root is the only Las Vegas guest.
Others include business mogul Steve Forbes and several conservative politicians. The show will air on Fox Business and repeat on Fox News Channel. Four days later, Wayne starts his national book tour in New York appearing on “Fox & Friends” for his new tome “Murder of the Middle Class” out July 14.
BOOT CAMP FUNDRAISER: My pals at BodySports Fitness are starting Fourth of July Weekend with a boot camp to raise funds for two of Las Vegas Metro Police’s finest, Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, tragically killed two weeks ago in the line of duty. Both of them left behind families who need love and support.
One of BodySports’ clients, Carolyn, works with the wife of Officer Soldo and reports that their baby will soon be 1, and money and infant supplies are needed. Gym owner and trainer Mel Fabros will run the boot camp from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Full details: BodySportsVegas.com.
TV star chef Giada De Laurentiis had lunch with former Mayor Jan Jones at rival Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesars.
Also there, members of Spoon, who were in town at Brooklyn Bowl, enjoying lunch and watching World Cup soccer matches.
Brian Evans at Carrot Top
Crooner Brian Evans made a surprise appearance before Carrot Top started his Luxor show, and it was captured on YouTube.
Supermodel Tyra Banks attended Boyz II Men at the Mirage with friends.
Venetian comedy headliner Rita Rudner attended Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo and afterward had a private VIP meet-and-greet with the cast.
Entertainer Bobby Vinton showed his musical versatility playing the trumpet, keyboard, saxophone and clarinet to a sold-out crowd at Eastside Cannery.
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider watched “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian. Dee, who performed the role of “Dennis Dupree” in “Rock of Ages” for three months on Broadway in 2010, went backstage after the show to greet the cast and take photos, which he immediately tweeted.
Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus partied in a VIP cabana at Tao Beach and happily posed for photographs with fans.
NeNe Leakes hosts her last-but-one night of dual Cirque du Soleil “Zumanity” shows at New York-New York.
The New York Night Train Dance-Off is at Brooklyn Bowl.
UFC International Fight Week with six nights of more than 30 events and fights gets underway at various locations.
The gorgeous gridiron girls of the Las Vegas Sin will meet fans and media for an hour of play and interviews at Charlie Frias Park at Tropicana and Decatur.
More than 40 scantily clad Pretty Young Things will compete in the fourth-annual Hot Chicks vs. Hot Wings spicy contest at Diablo’s Cantina in Monte Carlo. They’re not known as hot death wings for nothing!
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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