Despite the heat, July is still a very good time to see Las Vegas for most visitors. You can experience all it is known for. Especially pool parties, casinos, and the bustling nightlife. Of course, it is an exceptional place to celebrate the 4th of July, with a breathtaking firework display all along the strip.
However, you should know some drawbacks and how to handle the extreme heat during the month. We provide you with essential tips from a Vegas resident for a great time in July.
3 Activities We Recommend in July
We highly suggest at least one of these three activities (see above). Check them out for a memorable Vegas vacation. These tours are excellent in July as you don’t spend want to spend hours outside in the heat on a full-day tour. Reservations are very comfortable: You will receive a voucher for your mobile phone or you can print it.
July is the hottest month in Las Vegas, with temperatures reaching over 100°F (38°C) on a daily basis. The average high temperature is 104°F. The extreme heat starts between 11 AM and noon and continues to the evening. Rain is rare and the humidity is very low, making it one of the driest months to visit Las Vegas.
Typical temperature progression during the month of July:
- Early July: 104°F (40°C)
- Mid-July: 105°F (40°C)
- Late July: 104°F (40°C)
Typical temperature progression during a day in July:
- Very Early (5:30 AM): 78°F
- Early (8:00 AM): 85°F
- Afternoon (4:00 PM): 104°F
- Evening (9:00 PM): 95°F
It doesn’t cool down much at night in Vegas during July. After sunset, the heat is still there with an average of 95°F but it isn’t as oppressive.
💡 How long should you walk during the day? When we visit Vegas in July, we walk about 20-25 min max (maybe 4 large blocks) during the extreme heat in the early afternoon. However, we always duck into an air-conditioned casino to cool off when the heat gets unbearable.
The best time to go outside and walk the Strip is in the evening. However, even after sunset, you can still feel the dry heat when stepping out of your air-conditioned hotel. Most visitors feel more comfortable having dinner inside with air-conditioning.
Is July Too Hot?
July in Las Vegas can be too hot for some visitors. However, it’s a dry heat, which is more tolerable and easier to escape as it’s nicer in the shades. Additionally, everywhere is air-conditioned, making it easy to relax inside during the hot times around noon and in the afternoon.
💡 In July it can feel as if someone is pointing a gigantic hair dryer at you. However, you get used to it quickly. A few people can’t take it, many tolerate it, and some even love it!
It’s better not to stay outside for a long time from late morning/midday until around 4 PM. However, if you plan anything outside in Vegas during the hot afternoons, you can cool off every 10 minutes in casinos, restaurants, and shops. Everything is so close together that you can walk inside easily.
Weather and Tours in July
If you plan to take trips during your visit in July, choose half-day tours and select those which start early in the morning (7 AM to 8 AM). Additionally, ensure that you are prepared for the intense desert heat. Bring light coverups, plenty of sunscreen, a sunhat, and enough water for your entire trip. The hot Nevada sunshine is manageable as long as you come ready for the intense heat.
The coldest temperature in July is still warm, with temperatures being at their lowest at around 80°F, very early in the morning between 5 and 6 AM. You will definitely not need to worry about being cold during July in Las Vegas.
July is expected to be one of the driest months of the year.
The average humidity for July in Las Vegas is around 21%. In the morning the humidity is at its peak. Since it’s still a low humidity level the mornings feel slightly cooler and are more bearable. By the evening humidity is at its lowest point.
Any rain during July in Las Vegas is usually spread over four days of the month, meaning that it is unlikely to rain during your trip. If it does it will be a spontaneous rain shower that does not last long and won’t prevent you from having a great time.
The average rainfall during July in Las Vegas can be expected to be around 0.4 inches (9 mm). During the beginning of the month, the average rainfall is around 0.2 inches (5mm) which increases to an average of 0.5 inches (12mm) by the end of the month.
Thunderstorms / Heavy Rain
As the monsoon season starts in July, summer thunderstorms can happen now in Vegas. They typically come in quickly and leave just as quickly. You can easily wait them out in a casino, shop, or restaurant. If you are in a casino when a storm starts, you may not even realize there was one until you leave and see the wet ground.
Good to know: It barely rains for more than 10 or 20 minutes during a storm. After twenty minutes you don’t even know it had rained. No need to bring an umbrella or a raincoat for your trip in July.
The average wind speed in Las Vegas during July is around 6.8 mph (11 kph) which is a moderate breeze and can be very welcome in the blistering heat. However, many visitors don’t recall any wind during their July visit, except when a monsoon occurs.
As one of the hottest and sunniest months of the year, you can expect maximum sunshine from July. On average there are around 14 hours of daylight during July with the sun rising at 5.27 am and setting at 8 pm during the beginning of the month.
Pool Time | Tips
The best time to be at the pool in Las Vegas during July is in the morning before it gets too crowded. It is also starting to get very hot around midday. Many visitors don’t spend longer than between one and three hours at the pool in July.
Depending on the pool location, you might also want to wait until the buildings provide more shade or choose a pool that offers enough shaded areas in general. For example, you can always find shade at the MGM pools.
You might also want to choose a pool/hotel in July that has umbrellas and/or plenty of shade. Some of the pools with umbrellas are:
- Oasis Pool (The Mirage) + enough shaded areas
- Cypress Pool (Belagio)
- Four Seasons
- Mandarin Oriental
- Vdara at Aria (almost as many umbrellas as pool guests)
Alternative: You can rent a cabana where you will have guaranteed shade or even a cabana room with a fridge, TV, bottled water, a safe, and a personal server in addition to seating and definitely enough shade. While expensive, all that will even make an extremely hot July afternoon enjoyable at the pool.
Good to know: When it gets over 100°F in July, you will hurt your feet on the concrete walking from the pool back to the umbrella. You may also burn in the pool if you stay in it too long from midday to afternoon unless you repeat applying a thick layer of sunscreen.
What to Wear / What to Pack
July is the hottest month of the year in Las Vegas so dress minimally in light fabrics to combat the heat. Wearing shorts and tank tops are the best options for the hot summer days. Loose smart trousers for men and dresses for women are advised for the evening.
Relaxing by the pool and pool parties are the norm in Las Vegas during July, so bring your very best bikinis or swim shorts with you as these will become essential wear during your trip.
💡 The casinos and restaurants can get very cold due to their air conditions. If you freeze easily, bring a light sweater.
There is no formal dress code for visiting shows or casinos, and some visitors go in casual attire. However, it is a good idea to dress in formal jeans or dress pants and button-down shirts, as many visitors do. Ladies should choose an appropriate evening dress.
Remember to bring summer essentials such as sunglasses, a sun hat, suncream and a water bottle with you. A handheld fan is also a great idea for those moments when you are not in the luxury of air-conditioning.
Women’s Clothing Suggestions
- Tank tops or short sleeve T-shirts/blouses
- Breathable leggings or loose-fitting trousers (think linen)
- Shorts or skirts
- Flat shoes or sandals
- Tank tops or short sleeve T-shirts/blouses
- Shorts or skirts
- Your favorite swimsuit, sandals, and a hat
- A dress or jumpsuit with flats or heels
- Bold jewelry and eye-catching accessories.
Men’s Clothing Suggestions
- Short sleeve T-shirts
- Jeans or shorts
- Athletic shoes
- Muscle Tee or short sleeve T-shirts
- Athletic shoes or sandals
- Your favorite swim trunks and flip flops
- Sunglasses, and a hat.
- Dark jeans/slacks and a button-down shirt
- Fitted suit (optional)
- Dress shoes or minimalist sneakers
Although July is the hottest month of the year, Las Vegas remains a popular destination during this month. Hotel rates are high, especially around events such as the 4th of July and weekends when people flock to the strip to enjoy the nightlife and pool parties.
Big events in Las Vegas such as the International Fight Week (June 27 – July 3rd) will mean hotel rates are higher during these times.
The summer months in Las Vegas are set to be busy and popular, especially during the weekends. July, in particular, will be at its busiest during the first weekend of the month, when people will be visiting to celebrate the 4th of July.
Usually, the quietest time to visit Las Vegas during the summer is early in the week, between Monday to Thursday.
During large events expect the strip area to become very busy both before and after a concert or large convention.
Allegiant Stadium is adjacent to the strip and often holds large concerts and sporting events. The stadium has the capacity for 65,000 people to attend their events so check their website here for any potential concerts or events happening during your trip.
The following events take place annually during early July:
- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – late June to early July – T-mobile Arena. One of the biggest events for the fighting organization, The UFC will be sure to draw in large crowds.. For the exact dates for this year please check the UFC website.
- WWE – early July – Allegiant Stadium. This popular wrestling event will be sure to draw large crowds to the strip. For the exact dates for this year please check the WWE website.
4th July in Las Vegas
One of the most spectacular times to visit Las Vegas is during the 4th of July celebrations when the city becomes alive and everyone is in a festive mood.
The party usually starts on the first weekend of July with events and parties taking place all weekend in anticipation for the 4th of July.
If you are visiting Vegas during this month you are likely coming for the nightlife, casinos, or the spectacular pool parties.
As the weather is set to be gloriously hot, limit any outside activities which take longer, to the very early morning or very late evening, when the temperatures have cooled off.
July 4th celebrations:
One of the biggest American national holidays is the 4th of July when Americans come together to celebrate their political separation from Great Britain. This translates to large extravagant parties and spectacular fireworks displays. In previous years the strip has been closed to traffic so the celebrations can be enjoyed to the maximum.
Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM Grand – book here
A popular adult pool day club to enjoy during summer when the weather is super hot. During the 4th of July weekend, it will host DJs such as Kaskade and Afrojack.
If you would like to enjoy the truly amazing fireworks display on the 4th of July, make sure you have a spot on Las Vegas Boulevard for the firework display that is set off simultaneously from the rooftops of Caesars Palace, The Aria, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, The Venetian, The STRAT
Make the most of the cooler temperatures in the morning by visiting the pool or taking a walk along the strip to get breakfast. Why not take in some of the famous sights on your way to breakfast, such as the Bellagio fountains, or grab a picture in front of one of the iconic hotels such as Luxor or Paris hotel.
Here are three of the best places to get breakfast on the strip:
A popular breakfast spot that has an American menu with influences from France and New Mexico. The pancakes are a big hit and the menu also includes shrimp and grits and a truffled egg sandwich.
Jamms Restaurant 1029 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145-6232 (Google Maps)
A little off the strip this breakfast joint is famous for its ‘Pot of Bread’ breakfast side and homemade fresh dishes. Breakfast favorites include buttermilk pancakes and breakfast omelets.
Enjoy breakfast on the strip at Mon Ami Gabi, located in Paris Hotel. Breakfast is, of course, french influenced and you can also take advantage of one of the few places that allow you to eat outside on the strip taking in all the sights while you sip your coffee.
Aim to spend afternoons indoors as the heat is unbearable to be outside. Thankfully Las Vegas is never short on things to do regardless of the weather.
If you are looking for something unique to do, away from the outside heat, Las Vegas has several gun ranges, where you can learn to shoot firearms in complete safety. Strip Gun Club and Battlefield Vegas both have indoor shooting ranges so you can perfect your aim away from the soaring July temperatures.
Las Vegas is known for its extravagant nightlife and July is one of the busiest months to visit for parties and club nights. Pool parties are extremely popular during the summer months, especially at the weekends. Below is a list of some of the best places to experience the ultimate Las Vegas pool party:
- Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM Grand
- Liquid Pool Lounge at the Aria
- Marquee day club at the Cosmopolitan
- Encore Pool club at Encore
If you are looking for something a little different to do visit downtown Las Vegas to enjoy the Freemont Street Experience which includes a Viva Vision Light show starting hourly from 6 pm, free live music, and the iconic Slotzilla Zipline, a slot machine themed zip line that shoots you across the sky of downtown Las Vegas.
More Things to Do | Tour Tips
Tip: Visit our detailed article about the best time to visit Las Vegas for detailed season and monthly tips.
The High Roller at The LINQ
There’s no better way in July to see Las Vegas than from the top of the High Roller at the LINQ. It stands over 550 feet (around 168 meters) tall and provides an excellent vantage point for viewing everything going on along the Strip. Reserve your tickets: High Roller at The LINQ
- From 550 feet, take in incredible views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.
- While on your 30-minute ride, enjoy a party with an open bar cabin for those over the age of 21.
- Skip the long wait and get right to the front of the line.
Shin Lim Magic Show
Shin Lim and his up-close magic at the Mirage Hotel and Casino is intriguing. This show is a family-friendly event full of fun intriguing magic tricks. Find more information and tickets here: Shin Lim Magic Show.
Seven Magic Mountains and Red Rock Canyon
If you book an early morning trip, then July is a good time to visit Seven Magic Mountains and Red Rock Canyon as you’ll avoid the extreme summer afternoon temperatures that Las Vegas is known for. But still, bring a hat, and water, and apply sunscreen!
Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand
This hip-hop dance group offers a terrific show! You’ll be able to watch exciting, choreographed dances that will certainly impress you. Jabbawockeez is the perfect activity when wondering what to do in Las Vegas in July.
Additional details and ticket reservations: Jabbawockeez At MGM.
Area15 (Near Las Vegas Strip)
Area15, an indoor attraction just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, provides larger-than-life art installations, virtual reality experiences, unusual and intriguing experiences, and events. It’s similar to a shopping mall, except instead of the usual stores, you’ll find artists and unique things to interact with. This is a must-visit in July as everything is air-conditioned!