Annual New Year’s fireworks show in Las Vegas canceled |

Annual New Year’s fireworks show in Las Vegas canceled

The Associated Press
Revelers watch at Drai's nightclub as fireworks explode on the Las Vegas Strip during a New Year's celebration Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Las Vegas.
AP Photo/John Locher

LAS VEGAS — The annual fireworks show on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas is canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said in a statement Thursday that it would cancel its annual fireworks show on Dec. 31.

“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,” Authority CEO Steve Hill said. “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.”

Hill said they will still “have some special things planned to welcome 2021 with the hope and promise it brings.”

Individual hotels and casinos are free to launch their own fireworks independently.