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Independence Day -- the ultimate celebration of freedom. No place shouts freedom quite like Las Vegas, so take advantage of the holiday weekend and plan a summer getaway to the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are performing a poolside show at Red Rock Resort on July 1, Rihanna gets loud on July 2 at Mandalay Bay and it's always a free for all when Ted Nugent rocks at Sunset Station. Also on July 2, watch some fireworks from inside the Octagon at UFC 132 at MGM Grand.
There are also several fireworks displays planned for the Fourth in Vegas, so stick around and enjoy the festivities. Life is Short. Summer is Shorter. Seize the summer this Fourth of July in Vegas!!!
Las Vegas is no stranger to jam-packed weekends of entertainment, and this past weekend was certainly no exception, with stars from music and film descending on the city for a weekend packed with excitement.
It began with the official Las Vegas premiere of The Hangover 2 on Saturday afternoon at Planet Hollywood. Stars from the film as well as several Las Vegas celebrities walked the red carpet -- and one even took that a step further. Justin Bartha, who plays Doug, wasn't satisfied with talking about the new flick with the media onslaught. He hopped the carpet rope and went straight through to greet fans along the back wall, taking pictures and high-fiving the crowd.
Las Vegas was the site for another premiere on Saturday: The launch of Glee Live Tour 2011 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. The cast from the hit TV show opened their national tour to a packed house of "Gleeks."
Of course, on the hit program, actors sing the hits from today's top artists as well as from music legends. But on Sunday, the MGM Grand played host to many of the artists themselves as the biggest names in the music industry converged for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. The show featured performances by Beyonce, Britney Spears, Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum, Cee-Lo Green, Nicki Minaj and more. From the red carpet to "Icon" award recipient Neil Diamond performing to close the show, the Billboard Awards featured the best musicians on Earth in the most exciting destination in the world -- Las Vegas!