Fourth of July 2016

The Fourth of July is so much more than a typical holiday. You have to begin by honoring the United States and all that it is but the best part of that is all that goes with it. Family, friends, barbeques, cocktails, the beach, this is just one day to take in the summer sun and enjoy. To make this day even better we have put together a list of some of our favorite things to make this day even more memorable.

Las Vegas is always a popular spot to enjoy the long Fourth of July this weekend and this year is no different. We have put together a list of some of the top things to do in Las Vegas this weekend.

Dance with All-American Garth Brooks – The new T-Mobile Arena will host an anticipated weekend of concerts by country star Garth Brooks. The 20,000-seat venue features luxurious suites and more than two dozen private loge boxes to watch the concert in style. Feast on a variety of food options ranging from a hand-carved pork Hoisin Bahn Mi, to a made-to-order Ahi Tuna Poke Bar, or hang out in elusive Club lounges featuring craft beer, duck fat frites and artisanal charcuterie.

(Photo Courtesy MGM Grand)

Party In the U.S.A. at Toshiba Plaza – Bust out those patriotic colors to enjoy live bands on two interactive stages in Toshiba Plaza before Garth takes the stage. This pre-game party will also include a pre-purchased autograph signing by Trisha Yearwood, highlighting her new cookbook. No 4th of July is complete without fireworks, so there will be an unforgettable post-show fireworks display each night Garth performs.

Saddle Up to The Park – Before bombs burst in air, guests can head to The Park, the indoor/outdoor dining and entertainment district neighboring T-Mobile Arena, for engaging entertainment nightly and festive décor. Visitors can also stop for a pre-Garth bite at Beerhaus, The Park’s original and energetic American beer hall concept. The beer garden’s offerings include 4th of July favorites such as slow-roasted shaved beef sandwiches, Beerhaus brat sausage or classic American beers on tap.

Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino announces a jam-packed weekend full of entertainment and special events for Independence Day weekend 2016, including a special concert with Squirrel Nut Zippers on Saturday, July 2 at Citrus at the Grand Pool Deck, a Downtown Grand Neighborhood Barbecue at The Commissary on Sunday, July 3, Ultra DJs spinning poolside, nightly entertainment and more. All entertainment and events are free and open to the public.
Performing together for the first time in seven years, the Squirrel Nut Zippers head to Downtown Grand as part of a reunion tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s successful commercial album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot included the radio hits “Hell” and “Put a Lid on It.” 
On Sunday, July 3rd’s activities will feature a Downtown Grand Neighborhood Barbecue on 3rd Street between Stewart and Ogden from noon to 5 p.m. The family-friendly event will include specialty food, bluegrass music, a dunk tank and carnival games. There is no cover to attend the event. There will be a charge for food as well as carnival games, including the dunk tank, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
This year’s Independence Day Weekend festivities at Downtown Grand include:
Thursday, June 30
•4-7 p.m. – Ultra DJ poolside at Citrus
•7 p.m. - 12 a.m. – Taboo Summer Nights
Friday, July 1
•4-7 p.m. – Ultra DJ poolside at Citrus
•7 p.m. – Live Entertainment
•9 p.m. – Zowie Bowie
Saturday, July 2 
•12-10 p.m. – Ultra DJ poolside at Citrus
•10 p.m. – Squirrel Nut Zippers 
Sunday, July 3 
•12-5 p.m. – Ultra DJ poolside at Citrus
•12-5 p.m. – Downtown Grand Neighborhood Barbecue
•12-5 p.m. – Ultra DJ poolside at Citrus
For out of town visitors or locals looking for the perfect “stay-cation” this summer, Downtown Grand is offering The Big Squeeze room package, with rates starting at just $59 per night. Guests who book accommodations at will receive a nightly $50 food and beverage credit to use at Citrus at the Downtown Grand Pool Deck. Credit must be used daily at Citrus and cannot be redeemed for gratuities, cash, room rate or any other charges.

Bust out your swimsuits and get ready to hit DTLA for one hell of a Woogie Weekend pre-party! That’s right, Do LaB has teamed up with New Belgium Brewery and DoLA to take over the pool deck at The Standard rooftop Downtown for an afternoon of fun in the sun this Saturday, July 3rd from 1pm - 5pm.


Hitting the decks are Los Angeles-based, funkmaster Captain Planet and 2016 LIB performing artist Henry Pope.


The best part? This Woogie pre-party is FREE for anyone 21+ to attend, with RSVP:

The Standard Downtown LA

KIN White Whiskey, our favorite new whiskey and an American born spirit, will be celebrating Fourth of July in Los Angeles with some tasty patriotic cocktails. 

Bomb Pop, available at Barrel & Ashes

KIN White Whiskey, curacao blend, fresh lemon, with house-infused red and blue sugar rim


AmeriKIN Woman, available at The Hudson

KIN White Whiskey, lavender, simple syrup, lemon, serrano

Celebrate the Fourth with some great cocktails featuring Angry Orchard.

Angry Firework – Fireworks are an integral part of every July 4th festivities, the same way cider was an important to our Founding Fathers! Enjoy this cocktail when celebrating our countries Independence and while your watching those beautiful, but angry fireworks!

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
1 oz blue curacao
1 oz raspberry schnapps

Directions: In a pint glass, combine 1 oz blue curacao and 1 oz raspberry schnapps over ice. Fill with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Angry Firework

Angry On the Beach – Just like our Founding Fathers threw all the tea into the Boston Harbor, this July 4th , throw all your favorite summer ingredients into this delicious punch. Made with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, your guests will feel like part of this historical celebration.
4 12 oz bottles Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
4 cups Watermelon Juice
1 cup Vodka
1 cup Cointreau or Orange Liqueur
1 cup Lime Juice
0.5 cup Orange Juice
1 Navel Orange Sliced
1 Lime Sliced
Watermelon Chunks

In a large container add the watermelon juice, Vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and orange juice. Stir in ice, orange slices, lime wheels, and watermelon chunks. Top off with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider and stir gently to combine. Serve!

Orange Adam’s Apple – Let’s honor our Founding Father Samuel Adams and drink to his success as a leader of the Boston Tea Party and American Revolution. Angry Orchard Crisp Apple has a bright, crisp apple flavor, just like biting into a fresh apple on a beautiful summer day.

1⁄2 Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
1⁄2 Samuel Adams Boston Lager
1.5 oz orange liqueur
Directions: Fill 1⁄2 pint glass with Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Add 1.5 oz orange liqueur. Top with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Some other tasty recipes to prepare for your guests include:


1 ½ cups Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 cup Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Brewed and Chilled
3/4 cup St-Germain French Elderflower Liqueur
3/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
3 cups Martini & Rossi Prosecco

METHOD | Place all ingredients in a punch bowl or pitcher and mix. Add Prosecco. *Tip: Freeze edible flowers in ice and use to chill punch. {Serves 10}

-Created by Mixologist Lynnette Marrero (Llama Inn)

5 ounces Martini & Rossi Prosecco
1 scoop Raspberry Sorbet
Garnish: Raspberries

METHOD | Using a melon baller, add a scoop of raspberry to a chilled champagne flute. Fill with Martini & Rossi Prosecco. Garnish with raspberries.

4 ounces of Martini & Rossi Asti
½ ounce of Bacardi Gold Rum
Dash of Lemon Juice
Garnish: Cinnamon Sugar

METHOD | Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar. In a prepared champagne flute, add all ingredients. Stir once and serve.

3 cups Martini & Rossi Prosecco

¼ cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice or Lemonade

6 large Mint Leaves

1½ cups Sparkling Water

3 Lemon Slices

5 Fresh Strawberries (sliced)

3 Cucumber Slices

METHOD | Combine lemon juice, mint leaves, sparkling water, lemons, strawberries and cucumbers in a pitcher. Gently stir in chilled Martini & Rossi Prosecco just before serving. Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint. {Serves six}


1 part St-Germain French Elderflower Liqueur
2 parts Vodka
¾ part Fresh Lemon
¼ part Simple Syrup
1 part Muddled Strawberry
Top with Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé

METHOD | Shake and strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Top with Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with strawberries.

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