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The Big, Bad Fourth of July Las Vegas Guide

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Holiday Hotspots

It’s not all fireworks and hot dogs this Fourth of July weekend. Music industry A-listers like Kaskade, Jamie Foxx and Jay-Z will be in town to perform along with old school favorites like Warren G, 2 Live Crew, Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer. Celebrity hosts will be flocking as well, like Vegas princess Holly Madison, LeBron James and Audrina Patridge. So, pick your pleasure whether it’s famous hosts, big name DJs or the awesome concerts: Whatever you want this Fourth of July weekend, Las Vegas has got it.

Wednesday, July 1

(Left to right) Daniel Kloza, Jenine Cali and KC Wells.

(Left to right) Daniel Kloza, Jenine Cali and KC Wells.

The Day After at Diablo’s Cantina: The day after... will be performing live on The Strip at Diablo's Cantina. The local indie alt-rockers are riding high following the release of their album, Blackheart Symphony. Check out The day after... in our Local Band Guide.

Shanon DuPont’s Birthday at Wasted Space Wasted Space, Carey Hart's anti-club at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, will be celebrating local nightlife mainstay Shannon DuPont's birthday. Candles are really just like mini-fireworks, right?

2 Live Crew at Rok Vegas: The Show Wednesdays at Rok Vegas Nightclub presents a special performance by 2 Live Crew. When was the last time you got to do sign language at a hip hop concert?

Leopold & His Fiction at Beauty Bar: Dirty Sweet, fresh off the Bonnaroo stage and prepping for Lollapalooza, will be performing live at Beauty Bar along with San Fran trio Leopold & His Fiction and local rockers The Lazystars. Check out The Lazystars in our Local Band Guide.

Hip-hop legend Biz Markie performs at Studio 54 in MGM Grand.

Hip-hop legend Biz Markie performs at Studio 54 in MGM Grand.

Biz Markie at Revolution Lounge: The old school is back on the Strip this Wednesday as the Beatles Revolution Lounge at The Mirage presents The Old School Takeover featuring a live performance by Biz Markie.

David Waxman at Godskitchen: Godskitchen welcomes DJ David Waxman. The NYC DJ will be spinning progressive electro and house following an early open bar from 10:30-11:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 2

$100 Hotties at Rockhouse: Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a slightly larger number. At the “$100 Hotties” party, the first 10 groups of five or more ladies will receive $100 bar tabs starting at 9 p.m.

3rd Annual Ante Up For Africa charity poker tournament: Ante Up for Africa, the celebrity charity poker tournament sponsored by the WSOP, will bring together stars like Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Brad Garrett, Mekhi Phifer and top poker professional Phil Hellmuth to compete to raise money to support the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Annie Duke and Don Cheadle will host the event.

Stone Temple Pilots at The Pearl

Stone Temple Pilots at The Joint: The Stone Temple Pilots will perform live at The Joint, marking their first national tour in almost eight years. Get your Fourth of July weekend started off right with the band who brought you hits like "Vasoline" and "Interstate Love Song."

McFadden's hosts an All-American Girl contest: McFadden's hosts an All-American Girl contest, where ladies don their sexiest Daisy Dukes to compete for $250 cash. All ladies drink free from 10 p.m. till midnight. Anyone wearing red, white and blue receives free entry into the Beerfest beer pong tournament for a $500 bar tab."

Billy Gardell at Bonkerz Comedy Club: Billy Gardell, who is regularly seen on the TV shows My Name Is Earl, Chelsea Lately and Yes, Dear, is headlining at Bonkerz Comedy Club at Palace Station over the Fourth of July weekend.

Doyle Brunson hosts at Blush: He's about to turn 76, but that doesn't mean poker legend Doyle Brunson doesn't know how to party. Join him and celebs like Nicky Hilton, Annie Duke, Kevin Connolly, Eve, Mickey Rourke, Jack Binion, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth as they celebrate Brunson's 40th year in the World Series of Poker.

Friday, July 3

Jay-Z at Tao.

Jay-Z at Tao.

Jay-Z and Ciara at The Pearl: Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z will be performing live along with Ciara at the Pearl at The Palms over the July Fourth weekend. Win your way into this show in our Summer Concerts Contest. You never know when the hip-hop heavyweight will go into real retirement.

Bill Maher at the Orleans: Bill Maher has worn many hats as a stand-up comedian, television host, social and political commentator and author. This weekend he’ll be He will be performing live at the Orleans Showroom over the Fourth of July weekend.

Black Camaro CD release party at Gypsy Den: Local rockers Black Camaro will be releasing a new CD, The Black Camaro Radio Show, with a gig at the Gypsy Den. Check out Black Camaro in our Local Band Guide.

$100 Hotties at Rockhouse: To keep the Fourth of July weekend rockin’, The Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub will reward all ladies showing their patriotic spirit by wearing red on Friday, July 3.

Jamie Foxx at The Joint: Jamie Foxx will bring his Intuition Tour to the Joint at the Hard Rock for two special shows over the Fourth of July weekend. The R&B singer has the distinction for his solo work of being only the fourth person to have both an Academy Award a No. 1 album to his name. You can win your way into his Vegas shows with our Summer Concerts Contest.

LeBron James, principal at Cool School, which on this night is Tryst.

LeBron James, principal at Cool School, which on this night is Tryst.

Lebron James at Tao Beach and Lavo: LeBron James will heat up the pool decks at Tao Beach by day then party by night at Lavo. No word on whether the Cleveland Cavaliers’ puppet likeness will be joining him.

Joplin’s Big Brother and The Holding Company at the Fremont Street Experience: Joplin’s Big Brother and The Holding Company will be performing live at the Fremont Street Experience. Enjoy the free concert as part of the Summer of '69 festivities.

Finale of the Hot 100 at Wet Republic: Come find out who made the Hot 100 at the finale of the Hot 100 at Wet Republic. Enjoy your day off from work (hopefully!) by checking out the hot bodies poolside at MGM's ultra pool.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited at the Hilton: At a time when rock was evolving further and further away from the forces that made rock ‘n’ roll possible in the first place, Creedence Clearwater Revival brought things back to their roots with their concise synthesis of rockabilly, swamp pop and country. Enjoy all your favorites like “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River,” “Down on the Corner,” “Travelin’ Band” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”

All American Rejects at Mandalay Bay Beach: "Swing, Swing" on over to Mandalay Bay Beach where you can catch a special show from All American Rejects while you party in the pool.

Billy Gardell at Bonkerz Comedy Club: Billy Gardell takes the stage for another set of shows at Bonkerz.

Jermaine Dupri deejays at Body English.

Jermaine Dupri deejays at Body English.

Jermaine Dupri hosts at Prive: Call him a DJ, producer or a dapper gent, Jermaine Dupri will be hosting the evening at Prive to get your Independence Day celebration off to a good start.

Black Satin Intimates party at Blush: This Fourth of July weekend, forget your red, white and blue and opt for black satin instead! Black Satin Intimates will host a Fourth of July eve party at Blush Boutique Nightclub.

Warren G at Pure: “Regulators! Mount up!” West coast rapper and hip-hop producer Warren G will take the stage at Pure for a DJ set to ring in Independence Day.

Ciara’s Official Afterparty at Jet: Following her performance at The Pearl at The Palms with rapper Jay-Z, Ciara will be partying the night away at Jet in The Mirage.

Audrina Patridge at Tao Beach.

Audrina Patridge at Tao Beach.

Audrina Patridge hosts at The Bank: Sexy brunette Audrina Patridge of The Hills will be celebrating this Fourth of July weekend at The Bank at the Bellagio.

White Hot Party at VooDoo Lounge: If you're not on Diddy's list for his Hampton's White Party (and let’s face it, you’re not), come to the White Hot Party at VooDoo Lounge where ladies in white receive complimentary admission while men dressed in white are only $10. The party will be hosted by Playboy Playmate Jessie Preston and Maxim-featured DJ Frances and DJ Diamond will spin in the main room and the patio with an opening set by DJ Mika. A Mr. Vavoom! all-white lingerie show on the 50th-floor patio will offer a nice complement to the most seductive view of the Strip.

Fourth of July Beer Bash at NY-NY’s Brooklyn Bridge: Featuring live entertainment nightly, 20 brewers and 50 beers, the Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York will be a good spot to wet your whistle this Fourth of July weekend. On July 3, enjoy tunes from DJ Chris Landry then The Spazmatics.

Kathy Griffin at Mandalay Bay: Spend your Fourth of July weekend on the D-list with its queen, Kathy Griffin, as she performs a live stand up show at the Mandalay Bay Theatre.

DJ AM performs at Rain in the Palms.

DJ AM performs at Rain in the Palms.

DJ AM at Rain: One of the world’s most sought after mash-up masters, DJ AM (Adam Goldstein), mixes hip-hop, rock and '80s with music from today at Rain Nightclub during the Red, White & You Fourth of July celebration at the Palms. Enjoy an opening set by Scotty Boy. In celebration of FREEdom on the Fourth of July, all Nevada residents with a valid local ID receive complimentary admission to Rain.

Saturday, July 4

Back Yard BBQ at the Palms Pool: BBQ at the pool! The Palms celebrates the Fourth of July with Red, White and You weekend. Spend the day at the Palms Pool and Bungalows splashing around to the sounds of DJ Stonerokk and downing BBQ food from the kitchen at N9NE Steakhouse. In honor of celebrating FREEdom on the Fourth of July, all Nevada residents with a valid local ID receive complimentary admission to the Palms Pool & Bungalows.

Kaskade and Scotty Boy at Perfecto: Each and every Saturday night the club becomes a foreign universe - part circus, part space walk, part all out, all night party. This week, guest headliner Kaskade spins for Perfecto at Rain Nightclub with an opening set by Scotty Boy. In honor of celebrating FREEdom on the Fourth of July, all Nevada residents with a valid local ID receive complimentary admission to Rain.

Fourth of July festivities at the Henderson Events Plaza: The City of Henderson will celebrate the Fourth of July with a variety of family-friendly events, live music and a fireworks show. Children can enjoy a rock wall, a dunk tank, bounce house and more while everyone can listen to music from country music entertainer Randy Anderson and classic rock tribute band The Downstrokes. The Independence Day celebration will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display from atop City Hall, synchronized to the patriotic music performed by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra.

For the uninitiated, this is what Primm looks like in a fancy publicity shot.

Fourth of July celebration at Primm Valley Casino Resorts: Primm Valley Casino Resorts is offering a spectacular Fourth of July celebration throughout the day, including fantastic fireworks, live entertainment, a pool party and fun family games.

Patriotic Blood Drive at Rampart Casino: The Rampart Casino and JW Marriot are partnering with United Blood Services to host a patriotic blood drive on July Fourth and 5th. Those who donate will receive one complimentary buffet and a free gift from the Rampart Casino. And a Band Aid. Free.

$100 Hotties at Rockhouse: On the Fourth of July, celebrate at Rockhouse Bar & Grill where ladies dressed in white get free drinks all night long.

Hoobastank.

Hoobastank.

Hoobastank at Rock the Block downtown: Rock band Hoobastank, known for hits like “If I Were You,” “The Reason” and “Running Away,” will be performing live downtown at the Rock the Block event this Fourth of July in the Fremont East Entertainment District.

Fireworks Spectacular at Eldorado Casino: Eldorado Casino hosts an Independence Day party atop the parking garage offering a prime view of the City of Henderson fireworks display. Traditional Fourth of July favorites like hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase.

Fourth of July Beer Bash at New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge: Enjoy a second night of beer on the Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York. On the Fourth, DJ Chris Landry will be back, then The Boogie Nights will perform.

HardNox at Pure: The hip-hop duo HardNox will be performing live at Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace to celebrate the nation's birthday.

Jay-Z and Ciara at The Pearl: Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z will be performing live along with Ciara at the Pearl at The Palms over the July Fourth weekend. Win your way into this show in our Summer Concerts Contest. You never know when the hip-hop heavyweight will go into real retirement

The Grass Roots at the Fremont Street Experience: Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z will be performing live along with Ciara at the Pearl at The Palms over the July Fourth weekend. The Grass Roots will be performing live downtown at the Fremont Street Experience. Enjoy the free concert as part of the Summer of '69 concert series.

Jamie Foxx took the time to get to know the guests at the Palms Place Pool, asking everybody where they were from.

Jamie Foxx took the time to get to know the guests at the Palms Place Pool, asking everybody where they were from.

Jamie Foxx at The Joint: Jamie Foxx will perform at the Joint at the Hard Rock again Saturday night, as part of his Intuition Tour. Remember, you can win your way into his Vegas shows with our Summer Concerts Contest.

Bikini Girl Katrina Darrell at Hawaiian Tropic Zone: Hawaiian Tropic Zone welcomes former American Idol contestant Katrina Darrell, better known as Bikini Girl, as she hosts a Red, White and Bikinis Independence Day celebration where all bikini-clad ladies drink free.

Back Yard BBQ at the Palms Pool: BBQ at the pool! The Palms celebrates the Fourth of July with Red, White and You weekend. Spend the day at the Palms Pool and Bungalows splashing around to the sounds of DJ Stonerokk and downing BBQ food fresh from kitchen of N9NE Steakhouse. In honor of celebrating FREEdom on the Fourth of July, all Nevada residents with a valid local ID receive complimentary admission to the Palms Pool & Bungalows.

Sandra Collins at Tao Beach: LA DJ Sandra Collins will spend Fourth of July by the pool at Tao Beach where she'll spin trance, electronica and techno to get you dancing.

Vanilla Ice.

Vanilla Ice.

MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice at Wet Republic: It's the '90s all over again this Fourth of July weekend as rappers MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice party at Wet Republic ultra pool at MGM Grand.

Red White and Blue Martini: WingWoman Tours presents an adult scavenger hunt at Red White and Blue Martini. The Fourth of July extravaganza will feature a bbq on the patio and a scavenger hunt from 4-8 p.m. with great prizes and raffle giveaways all night long.

Diablo’s Cantina Beach Party: Diablo's Cantina is building a white sand beach right on Las Vegas Boulevard for an all day BBQ and beach bash on the Fourth of July. Pretend you’re on the beach even if you’re in the middle of the desert. Enjoy free shots, freshly cooked BBQ and live beach music.

Las Vegas Philharmonic at the Springs Preserve:The Las Vegas Philharmonic presents "Star Spangled Spectacular" at the Springs Preserve. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor experience as you show your patriotism.

Station Casinos Fourth of July Blast: Station’s Fourth of July Blast, produced by Fireworks by Grucci, will go off simultaneously at 9:30 p.m. at Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Boulder Station, neighboring properties Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho will be a shared location, Fiesta Henderson, Aliante Station, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Station.

Fourth of July party at Charlie’s Lakeside Casino: Celebrate the Fourth of July at Charlie’s Lakeside Casino all weekend with specials on baby back ribs and refreshing red, white and blue frozen cocktails. Dine in or outside on the patio and enjoy the cool night air while viewing fireworks from all over the valley.

Chester Bennington goes shirtless to show off his tats.

Chester Bennington goes shirtless to show off his tats.

Chester Bennington autograph signing at Club Tattoo: Club Tattoo in the Miracle Mile Shops hosts an autograph signing with Chester Bennington, , co-owner of Club Tattoo and Linkin Park band member. Joining him are members of his new band, Dead by Sunrise: Ryan Shuck, Amir Derakh, Elias Andra, Fu and Brandon Belsky. Free tickets will be available to pick up during the session for a special performance by Bennington’s new band, Dead by Sunrise, later that evening inside the Steve Wyrick Theater.

Billy Gardell at Bonkerz Comedy Club: Billy Gardell returns to Bonkerz for one more set of shows.

Robin S. at Krave: Singer Robin S., famous for the song “Show Me Love,” which shot to the top of the dance music charts in the ‘90s, will be performing live at Krave on the Fourth of July.

Vivid Video Party at Studio 54: Monique Alexander, Sunny Leone, Megan Mallone and Nikki Jayne, the sexy stars of Vivid Video, will host a sultry party on the Fourth of July at Studio 54.

Kaskade headlines Perfecto at Rain Nightclub: Each and every Saturday night the club becomes a foreign universe - part circus, part space walk, part all out, all night party. This week, guest headliner Kaskade spins for Perfecto at Rain Nightclub with an opening set by Scotty Boy. In honor of celebrating FREEdom on the Fourth of July, all Nevada residents with a valid local ID receive complimentary admission to Rain.

Mystic Roots at Mandalay Bay: Put a little reggae in your Fourth of July weekend with a live performance by Mystic Roots at Mandalay Bay.

The Dream and Christina Milian.

The Dream and Christina Milian.

The Dream hosts at Jet: Hip hop and R&B star The Dream will be hosting the party at Jet Nightclub at Mirage. The singer has been climbing the charts with his hits from Love Vs. Money.

Sunday, July 5

Patriotic Blood Drive at Rampart Casino: Don’t miss your last chance to donate blood at The Rampart Casino.

All American Girls Pageant at The Bank: The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio presents the All American Girls Pageant where the top ladies in Las Vegas nightlife scene will compete for prizes and the title of Miss Las Vegas. Didn’t Holly Madison want that gig?

Fourth of July Beer Bash at New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge: Enjoy the third and final night of the beer bash with another set from Chris Landry followed by Phoenix.

Fourth of July party at Charlie’s Lakeside Casino: The drink specials continue at Charlie’s Lakeside Casino.

$100 Hotties at Rockhouse: Keep the weekend going at Rockhouse Bar & Grill where ladies dressed in blue can drink complimentary cocktails all night long.

Holly Madison stands in front of the newly transformed "Planet Holly."

Holly Madison stands in front of the newly transformed "Planet Holly."

Holly Madison at Tao Beach: Las Vegas resident and Peepshow headliner Holly Madison will be spending her Fifth of July poolside at Tao Beach. From 4 until 10 p.m., enjoy Chris Willis Live along with KC Anderson, presented by HedKandi.

Dubfire of Deepdish at Prive: Close out your Fourth of July weekend with a performance by Dubfire of Deepdish at Prive Nightclub at Planet Hollywood.

Backyard BBQ at Bare Pool with Steve Aoki: Enjoy some tasty food and great tunes at the Backyard BBQ at Bare Pool with Steve Aoki. Hopefully the Hollywood DJ will help us forget we actually have to go back to work tomorrow.

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