LAS VEGAS — Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas is a one-of-a-kind experience.
This year more than 300,000 visitors are expected.
Whether you choose to ring in the New Year by attending one of the many private parties in Las Vegas, hanging out with the masses on the famed Las Vegas strip or simply watching all of the action from home, revelers will not be disappointed.
Here are some things to keep in mind to have a safe, fun New Year’s Eve celebration.
Las Vegas Strip Closures. Traveling within Las Vegas is a nightmare. If you are planning on making your way anywhere near the Las Vegas strip, bear in mind that the entire Las Vegas Strip from Tropicana Ave. to Sahara Ave. closes by 5 p.m. and preparations being much earlier.
That also means that there will be no ramp access from I-15.
If you are thinking of watching the action from one of the many bridges, think again. The escalators at Tropicana Avenue and the Strip will be shut down at 2 p.m., although visitors can use the stairs or the elevators. Sometime before midnight, the stairs and escalators will be barricaded and bridge access will be limited.
Generally speaking the Las Vegas Strip will start to reopen to allow automobile access at 2 a.m. and I-15 access will start to reopen at 3 a.m.
Drinking on the Las Vegas Strip. Those celebrating New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas will be allowed to drink on the Las Vegas Strip but all containers must be plastic. No glass allowed.
There will be an enormous police presence on the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas with many checkpoints set up so don’t drink and drive.
If you find yourself too inebriated to drive home and do not have anyone to take you home you can call the free AAA Service Tipsy Tow Tipsy at 800-222-4357 and say “I need a Tipsy Tow”.
They will get you and your car home for free.
Fireworks. This years fireworks show is sure to dazzle. Starting at midnight and lasting for nearly eight and a half minutes, rooftop fireworks will be fired from seven Las Vegas Strip locations: MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, The Venetian and Stratosphere that are sure to dazzle.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas in a fun, unique experience just don’t drink and drive.