Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Las Vegas Fourth of July 2010: Stirling Style

Las Vegas makes for a great Fourth of July destination because of the extended weekend, but it's not easy to find some semblance of patriotic offerings. One of the best traditions used to be found at Hills Park in Summerlin, but the Las Vegas Philharmonic event was moved to the Springs Preserve, where fireworks are not an option. This year, its event is the day before.

You can still find some sort of tradition, however. The Stirling Club will be hosting its annual Fourth of July Independence Day pool party from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. Member attendance is $24.95 per person; $12.95 for children under 12. Reservations are required.

Sunday, July 4 at The Stirling Club

The Stirling Club's Fourth of July Independence Day pool party includes live entertainment and an extensive barbecue buffet. Some menu highlights include roasted baby back ribs, char-grilled Angus burgers, barbecued chicken with pineapple sauce, and grilled kielbasa. There are dozens of sides and salads as well. The dessert selection includes strawberry shortcake (with flag decorations), apple pie, dark cherry pie, fudge almond brownies, and lemon squares.

"Seating will be available in the Verandah Room or poolside," says Mike Saye, general manager of The Stirling Club. "You are welcome to enjoy lunch whether or not you attend the pool party."

With all the entertainment options and events, most people will attend the pool party. In addition to a guest DJ, The Stirling Club will host the Bootlegger Bistro's Future Stars. As these talented singers and the band play on, there will be other events, including a pie eating contest.

After the event, feel free to stay on into the evening. Or if you are hoping to end the evening with fireworks, there are a few limited choices.

Also on July 4, The Stirling Club will be hosting its Wimbledom Championships. Strawberries and cream will be served at the tennis courts from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks On July 4

• The City of Henderson, which used to have one of the most popular park celebrations, seems to have scaled back to a single viewing area at the Basic High School football field. The celebration will take place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. There will be live entertainment throughout.

• As an alternative, try one of five Station Casino properties. Green Valley Ranch, Aliante Station, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station will be be setting off fireworks displays by Gruccis of New York. Gruccis of New York is a five-generation, family-owned and operated company on Long Island. Las Vegas is also a distribution center for the company. The display, which will last nine minutes, will start at 8:45 p.m.

For more Las Vegas-style offerings, parties, and concerts, members may contact The Stirling Club concierge. For consideration of membership on the Fourth of July, contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive director of membership, at 702-784-4603 or by email via The Stirling Club Web site. Guests may request admission to special events such as the Fourth of July celebration as an introduction to the club.

Of course, no matter what you decide to do in Las Vegas, please do have a fun, safe, and sane Fourth of July. And, especially if you have children, take a moment to share with them what the Fourth of July really means to the United States beyond the fun and festivities.
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