Whenever I go down to Freemont Street in Las Vegas I’m always surprised again by just how different it is from The Strip, and how cool, cheap and fun it is!
Freemont Street is basically an outdoor, covered mall connecting about 10 older casinos plus a bunch of shops and restaurants. Of course, the main attraction is the actual covered canopy.
The LED display “canopy”, rising 90 feet in height and stretching 1,400 feet along the Fremont Street Experience promenade from Main Street to Fourth Street is held up by 16 columns, each weighing 26,000 pounds and can support 400,000 pounds, and 43,000 struts.
A section comprising one fiftieth of the total canopy equals the size of the worldâ€™s current largest electric sign. Originally, nearly 2.1 million incandescent lights were housed in the canopy. With the completion of the $17 million upgrade, more than 12 million LED lamps illuminate the overhead canopy. Within the canopy itself are 220 speakers capable of producing 550,000 watts of sound.
Here is a little video I filmed of the actual show that I saw. There are others, and they run them once per hour ever hour after dusk.
In addition to the video, I took a boatload of photos, and here are a bunch I felt like sharing publicly.