Where to Eat, Drink and Explode on this July 4th Weekend

Celebrate America with hot dogs, beer and a good view.

Hot dogs and beer are as American as big asses and baby Jesus. Grab one of each, find a spot Downtown to watch the fireworks, blast some prime Lynyrd Skynyrd from your Trans Am, and put the dance in Independance! (Spelling is for pussies.) ‘Merica!

Hot Dogs

For a quality dog, you have a few options. At Nathan’s Famous in Mermaids Casino, you can choose from classic chili or chili cheese dogs for $4 to $5. You’ll need a proper oblong side to match your dog, so grab a deep fried Twinkie for a buck.

Have a classic Coney Island dog at American Coney Islands in The D Hotel and Casino, made with Dearborn sausage, chili, yellow mustard and onions, for $4.

If you’re looking for more topping options, Cheffini’s (pictured) in Container will do the trick, with dogs ranging from $5 to $9.


Head over to Hop Nuts in the Arts District, where, along with their brew, they’ll be serving a drunken version of USA’s favorite popsicle. Their Bomb Pop shotsm made with lemon meringue vodka, sprite blue curacao and grenadine, are $4 per launch.

If you’re looking for something bigger, pick up a 32-ounce Crowler–a canned growler–of your favorite suds from Atomic. Prices vary depending on the beer.

Back by popular demand, Banger Brewery is tapping their Sandia watermelon hefeweizen on Friday. Get one of your fruit servings in for the day, America style.


You could watch the digital display at the Fremont Street Experience throughout the night between 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. If you want the real deal, the roofs of the Golden Nugget and El Cortez parking garages will be open. Park at your own risk.

Another potential viewpoint is the rooftop pool at the Downtown Grand. There’s a show going on (remember that band Lit?) so you’ll have to buy a $20 ticket to get up there.

Displays coming from the Stratosphere, Mandalay Bay and Station Casinos all start at 9 p.m. and Caesars Palace at 9:15. If you want to sprinkle on some extra American with a little baseball, check out the fireworks show at Cashman Field after the 7:15 p.m. game between the Las Vegas 51s and the Albuquerque Isotopes. Tickets are $15, or you may be able to find a good viewpoint nearby.

If you still can’t figure out where to go, you could always call your friends at the Juhl.

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