Las Vegas is expected to be “Party Central” for over 400,000 revelers who are planning to ring in 2023 on The Strip and Downtown Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.
Huge crowds on New Year’s Eve are nothing new for our city, but there is rain in the forecast, and that may put a damper on things. Will the incredible 8-minute fireworks display across the Las Vegas Strip go off at midnight January 1st as planned?
We’ll have to wait and see, but according to an article by the Associated Press posted on TulsaWorld.com, if Clark County officials pull the plug on the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show due to inclement weather, “it would mark the first weather-related cancellation in the event’s 22-year history. The show was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Per the AP article, over 11,000 fireworks are supposed to be launched off of the rooftops of eight Las Vegas Strip casinos, as well as the Plaza Hotel Downtown. On Tuesday evening I checked the weather forecast for Saturday night on both the National Weather Service website and on Weather.com, and there is currently an 80% chance for rain that night, mainly after 10pm. Plus, there may be gusty winds. We’re still a long way off and the forecast may change, but that would be a lot to contend with for the producers of the fireworks show.
As always, the streets and freeways surrounding the resort corridor will begin shutting down to vehicular traffic late Saturday afternoon. By Saturday evening, The Strip will only be open to pedestrians, and it will not reopen until well after 2am Sunday morning.
No matter where you plan to ring in the New Year, we hope it is a safe and happy celebration.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.