Happy 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July, my Vegas-loving friends! How do you like to spend the holiday? Hang out with friends or family? Go to a parade, enjoy a cookout, or head to the beach? See some fireworks? Travel? Anyone in Las Vegas now?

If you are planning to be in Vegas for the 4th, be prepared to spend it with a few hundred thousand of your new closest friends, as it tends to be one of the city’s busiest times of the year. There will be fireworks hosted by several resorts, parties, and the usual Vegas craziness. Be sure to drink plenty of water and wear your sunscreen, because it will be hot, hot, hot.

Fremont Street Experience light show

Fremont Street Experience light show, 2009

However you choose to spend the holiday weekend, I hope you’re doing it in the spirit of “independence day”. My own personal “independence day” was the first time I took a solo vacation. I quickly realized that solo travel set me free from the schedules and budgets and whims of others when it came to taking my vacation time. I could focus on my interests and not have to worry about someone else’s.

I’m single, so it’s easy for me to travel solo. But plenty of married people take trips independent of their spouses, too; not because they’re sick of each other or don’t also like taking vacations together, but to pursue separate hobbies and interests, or to see places the other person has no desire to see. If you love Vegas and your significant other doesn’t, that’s no reason to deprive yourself of your favorite city. Maybe it’s time to suggest taking separate “get away from it all” long weekends? It doesn’t mean you love them any less. After all, remember the old saying: “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

Have a great holiday, everyone.