We all know that things are different in 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, since large gatherings in Nevada are being discouraged, one of the most festive annual celebrations has been canceled. In a move that will surprise nobody, there won’t be a fireworks show on the Vegas Strip for New Year’s Eve this year.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Steve Hill released the following statement:

“Las Vegas has always been a bucket list New Year’s Eve destination and we are going to make sure that remains the case — celebrating putting 2020 in the rear-view mirror in an ‘Only Vegas’ way.”
“But as we have said throughout the year, the safety and security of our guests and employees is our top priority, and with that in mind, we will not have a fireworks show on Dec. 31. Stay tuned, as we have some special things planned to welcome 2021 with the hope and promise it brings.”

This is a big deal for Las Vegas and visitors to Sin City. There are typically 300,000 people or more visiting Las Vegas to see the fireworks and enjoy the parties and concerts on New Year’s Eve. Businesses on the Vegas Strip will miss the visitors for the long weekend. Likewise, visitors won’t see the fireworks they’ve come to love so much over the years.
However, there’s an option for those who want to visit Las Vegas for the holiday. Downtown Las Vegas might become the destination of choice for those who still want to see fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Downtown Las Vegas Fireworks

The show will go on in downtown Las Vegas. Once again, the Plaza will celebrate New Year’s Eve with downtown Las Vegas’ only live New Year’s Eve fireworks show on Thursday, Dec. 31.

The fireworks will take off from multiple locations on the Plaza’s roofs and towers. Much like other fireworks shows in Las Vegas, this display will be visible for miles beyond downtown Las Vegas.
The Plaza plans to offer different viewing options on the property. Of course, the property will be observing all necessary health and safety protocols as directed by the government officials. Additionally, the Plaza is also working with the city of Las Vegas to close a portion of Main Street to vehicular traffic for a limited time. This will allow for additional space for anyone who wants to watch the fireworks while remaining socially distant from others. This worked well for the July 4th fireworks show.

“Hosting an amazing fireworks show that lights up the downtown sky on New Year’s Eve is a tradition for the Plaza,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. “We can’t wait to ring in the new year in classic Vegas style. Whether you are a downtown resident at home, having dinner at Oscar’s steakhouse, or staying with us in the hotel to enjoy the holiday safely, our fireworks show will be one for our city to remember.”

Station Casinos usually has New Year’s Eve fireworks at some of its properties. The company hasn’t announced if they will join the party once again.


Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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