Construction at Horseshoe

While it seems like the construction inside the casinos has mostly been completed, the focus continues to be on the Vegas streets.

Repaving Las Vegas Blvd for Formula 1

Las Vegas Blvd near the Strip, as well as surrounding side streets, are being repaved for Formula 1, which will be held in November.

Construction near the strip

While the repaving is necessary, it has increased traffic delays on and near the Strip, so pack your patience.  Walking, as well as utilizing the free trams and the Monorail may be the faster route to get around the Strip.

Temple of the Gods Pool Caesar’s Palace

Pool season continues to be in full effect. If you’re planning a pool day in Vegas, you should plan on getting to the pool early, as they can get crowded. The weather in July is hot! Expect high 90’s into triple digits during the day and not too much relief from the heat at night. Be sure to stay hydrated and use sunscreen if you’re going to be out in the sun.

The LINQ Promenade

In the evenings, outdoor areas like The Park outside of New York New York, and the LINQ Promenade, located between the LINQ Casino and the Flamingo Casino, are great places to get some fresh, non-casino air.

Fireworks at Plaza courtesy of Amy Maier

If you’re planning a trip to Vegas over the Fourth of July, be prepared for both The Strip and Downtown to be busy and crowded.

Plaza Fireworks, courtesy of Amy Maier

This is a very popular time to visit Vegas, due to all of the entertainment and opportunities to watch fireworks.  Speaking of fireworks, here’s where you can watch fireworks in the Vegas Valley:

  • The Strip…Caesars Palace 8:30pm
  • Off the Strip…
  • Red Rock Casino in Summerlin 9pm
  • Green Valley Ranch Casino in Henderson 9pm
  • Heritage Park in Henderson…Little Texas will perform a free concert at 7:30, followed by fireworks at 9pm
  • M Resort, just off the Strip will have fireworks at 9pm
  • Lake Las Vegas will also have fireworks at 9pm
  • Fremont Street…in addition to free concerts throughout the day and evening, there will be fireworks at 9pm at The Plaza.
New additions at Plaza courtesy of Amy Maier
Plaza’s additions

While on the topic of The Plaza, they recently celebrated the grand opening of their new Carrousel Bar, which is the first outdoor gaming bar in Downtown Las Vegas.

NIC’s Sebastian Rodriguez at the Grand Opening of the Plaza’s Carrousel Bar
Pink Box Donuts at Plaza courtesy of Amy Maier

A couple of other firsts in Downtown Las Vegas are the new Pink Box Donuts located right by the Carrousel Bar and the non-smoking, social media-friendly Brian Christopher Slots area of The Plaza, which has its own entrance from the main casino.

Brian Christopher’s Slots at Plaza

Oscar’s Steak House also has added a new patio area, overlooking Main Street and the Freemont Street Experience. Along with The Sand Dollar Lounge (which opened in 2022), these new additions certainly spice up one of the oldest properties in Downtown Las Vegas. During the Grand Opening Ceremony on June 8th, Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Oscar’s Steakhouse Namesake and former Mayor and Attorney to the “Reputed Mob,” Oscar Goodman took the stage.  Brian Christopher and the family behind the Las Vegas-based Pink Box Donuts were also on hand to celebrate.

Las Vegas Aces

We happened to catch our very first WNBA game and cheered on the Las Vegas Aces.  The energetic atmosphere and entertainment are uniquely Vegas at this family-friendly and budget-friendly event.

Las Vegas Aces Michalob Ultra Arena

The team plays inside Michelob Ultra Arena, which is located in Mandalay Bay.  Similar to Allegiant Stadium and T-Mobile Arena, there are strict policies as to what’s allowed inside the arena. Check out their website for more information on these policies, as well as tickets and their July schedule.

If you’re a Las Vegas Local or planning a trip to the Ninth Island this month, there are a lot of fun events and entertainment taking place in July. In addition to the regular Vegas shows, here’s what you can expect:


  • Exodus Festival June 29th through July 4th …This is an EDM Festival that takes place at various day/night clubs. Check out
  • Carrie Underwood at Resorts World Las Vegas (7/1)
  • Keith Urban Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood (7/1)
  • Jake Shimabukuro Santa Fe Station Casino (7/7)
  • Badlands Music Festival at Las Vegas Festival Grounds (7/6-16)
  • Jack Harlow Zouk Resorts World Las Vegas (7/8)
  • Usher Dolby Theater at Park MGM (7/1-2, 7/7, 7/8, 7/12, 7/14, 7/15)
  • Nevada Cannabis Awards Music Festival at Area 15 (7/10)
  • 38th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at The Orleans (7/15)
  • Sammy Hagar Pearl Theater at The Palms (7/15)
  • Nickelback at T-Mobile Arena (7/15)
  • Barry Manilow at The Westgate (7/13-15, 7/20-1)
  • Miranda Lambert Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood (7/7, 7/8, 7/12, 7/14-15, 7/19, 7/21-2)
  • Garth Brooks at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace (7/6, 7/13, 7/15-16, 7/20, 7/22-3)
  • 3 Doors Down The Palms (7/16)
  • Jimmy Eat World at The Cosmopolitan (7/22)
  • Righteous Brothers South Point Hotel & Casino (7/25)
  • Maroon 5 Dolby Theater at Park MGM (7/28, 7/29)
  • Smashing Pumpkins at The Cosmopolitan (7/28-9)
  • Katy Perry at Resorts World Las Vegas (7/29)
  • Santa Fe Klan at Mandalay Bay Beach (7/29)
  • Kelly Clarkson at Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood (7/29)


  • Theo Von at The Wynn (7/1)
  • David Spade at The Venetian (7/1)
  • Dana Carvey at The Mirage (7/14, 7/15)
  • Chris Tucker at The Wynn (7/14-15)
  • Brad Garrett with Ryan Belleville and Debi Gutierrez at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand (7/21)
  • Matteo Lane at The Wynn (7/29)

As always, change is the constant in Las Vegas, so be sure to stay up to date on any event, show or concert that you plan on attending and check their websites for policies on what you’re allowed to bring into the different venues. Of course, new events are announced here daily, so be sure to tune into our weekly lives on our Ninth Island Connection YouTube channel for the most current Vegas updates. We go live on Wednesdays between noon and 1pm PST.

Whether you’re a Las Vegas Local, or just visiting the Ninth Island, be sure to get out and explore this beautiful state! For more information on each of these destinations, check out this video, or tune into Ninth Island Connection on YouTube or YurView (Channel 14) Wednesdays @ 9 PM