Eighty-Five Thousand Fireworks Displays!


Mike Weatherford of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote a little holiday piece about entertainment in Las Vegas, comparing the length of time an entertainer or show lasted. According to Weatherford there are 97 shows in Vegas, but only 3 are 20 years old, he says production shows last longest.  But that isn’t what I found most interesting in the story, the most interesting statement was the first paragraph. He started the article with a statement about the Fourth of July that bares repeating.

The United States of America celebrates its 234th anniversary today, with more than 85,410 performances. At least that’s how Vegas show publicists would promote Independence Day.

In Reno alone we had three different performances and according to the local newspaper the Sparks all-day event drew an all time largest crowd and the baseball game in Reno that ended with a fireworks show was a sell-out. But think about the number of events nationally: Wow, 85,000 different ones, that is really  impressive and I would hazard a guess as large as any celebration of nationhood in the world.

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