What has become the favorite Fourth of July Celebration in Las Vegas, the Star Spangled Spectacular spotlighting the Las Vegas Philharmonic, will again be held at Hills Park, Summerlin. The program, to be conducted by Music Director Harold Weller and Associate Conductor Richard McGee, showcases such patriotic favorites as Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," the "1812 Overture" with rocket bursts, Richard Rodgers' "Victory at Sea," and Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man." U.S. Senator from Nevada John Ensign will narrate "Rushmore" by Alfred Reed. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Philharmonic's maestros will relinquish the podium to the lucky winner of the "Conduct the Philharmonic" raffle, who will lead Sousa's "Liberty Bell March." The spectacular fireworks display by Zambelli Internationale launches immediately after the concert.

This crowd-pleasing pops concert has become a holiday tradition celebrating both the Birth of the Nation, now 225 years old, and the birth of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, now beginning its Third Season. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will again welcome the audience. The Basic High School U.S. Marine Corps Junior R.O.T.C. Color Guard will present the colors. Las Vegas Councilwoman Lynette Boggs McDonald will sing the "Star Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful." Master of Ceremonies is Kurt Mische.

Food and Fourth of July are synonymous, and picnicking on the lawn is popular. Big Mama's Rib Shack will also be selling their ribs and chicken. Soft drinks and beverages will also be available.

Major sponsors for the Philharmonic's Star Spangled Spectacular are the Howard Hughes Corporation and the City of Las Vegas.

Tickets are available now by calling 895-ARTS (-2787) and at www.lvphil.com online. Prices are adults, $20; children 5 to 18, $10; under 5, free. This event sells out, so early ticket purchase is suggested. Will call opens at 5 p.m. Holders of pre-purchased tickets will also be admitted at 5 p.m. On-site ticket sales begin at 5:30 p.m. Hills Park is at 9100 Hillpointe Road, just west of Rampart, in Summerlin. Low lawn chairs are permitted. Umbrellas are allowed until the concert starts.