Our New Years Eve fireworks display details have been announced. The 8 minute show will be the largest display west of the Mississippi and we’re expecting 310,000 people in town. If you’ve never been, imagine the entire 4-plus miles of the Las Vegas Strip closed to traffic and filled with revelers. Drinking is allowed (no glass) and the party atmosphere is second-to-none.
Because of the glut of rooms which have opened in our soft economy, this may be one of the more economical years to come and experience it! Even this close to the date, our travel partners are showing hotels like Sahara, Flamingo, and Hooters at around $200 a night. (Honestly, there is nothing wrong with staying at Hooters. All the rooms were entirely refurbished when it became Hooters, and you are directly across the street from the porte-cochere of the MGM Grand).
Fireworks will be shot off the tops of 8 hotels but heed our important notes and tips:
- The fireworks will be concentrated on the middle and south end of The Strip (Venetian Las Vegas to Tropicana Las Vegas). The Stratosphere Las Vegas Tower will be involved (and seeing them go off that tower is probably the most impressive). BUT… no hotel between the Strat and Venetian are involved.
- The center strip gets crowded. WAY too crowded for my tastes (and I like a crowd). The farther south you walk, the more the crowds will thin out. Down by Trop and MGM you will have all the elbow room need without sacrificing a good view of the show as you look stright up The Strip.
- Porta-Potties are generously stationed in various locations. Take a note of them when you see them so you can get back to them. Why? The hotels will NOT allow you in without a room key on this night only.
- Drinking: Is allowed! Various vendors have beer for sale, and you are allowed to bring whatever you want as long as it isn’t glass. If you are doing BYOB, look for a store that sells beer in plastic bottles before you head down. Also, some brands of hard liquor are available by the pint in plastic. Some people take a gallon water jug and make their own concoction and bring it along.
- The Cops: Except to enforce the no bottles rule, break up fights, and get the overly-drunk off the street, they are unbelievably cool. They are generally stationed every 100 feet or so in groups of four. If they are not taking care of something, they will usually be happy to pose for a photo of even take one for you. If you are a cute girl, they might even let you pose for a photo on one of their motorcycles! Take a minute to thank them for the work they are doing. You are having fun, but virtually every Metro (Las Vegas police) officer is on duty during this 24 hour stretch. They sacrifice family and holiday vacation to make this night special for you.
- Happy Mardi Gras… Almost. Beads (and what girls will do for them) are no longer limited to New Orleans. You can do an online search and buy a mess of them (enough for your entire group) for $40.00 or less. The police don’t sweat it unless a particular woman starts go on too much and want too much attention and gets the crowd out of control.
- Parking: Hotels will generally NOT let you park in their lots (this night only) unless you are a guest. If driving (either because you are a local, or you are staying off-strip), get down to The Strip by 6 PM. First try some of the street behind the Flamingo/Imperial Palace area. If no dice, get down Koval to the area around Tropicana and start checking out all the side streets in that area. Also, an empty just east of Koval on Tropicana usually is selling parking. If you are having trouble finding a street spot, just pay up and be on your way.
- If you can’t attend, you can still watch live streaming at no cost. For many years now, KLAS TV has streamed their live coverage on their site 8newsnow.com Do keep in mind the time difference! Those of you outside our time zone and watch the boring ball drop from New York and if that does not put you to sleep, stay up and ring our new year with us (and see what a REAL new year’s eve celebration looks like)!