Caesars Palace Las Vegas Celebrates 50 Years

1Caesars Palace Winged Victory Statue_Credit Erik Kabik

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Winged Victory statue with 50th Anniversary sash. Photo credit – Erik Kabik

Usually when people think of ‘old’ Las Vegas, they think Fremont Street and downtown – today’s canopy light show and pedestrian mall, as well as Binion’s, Four Queens, Fremont Casino, Golden Gate and Golden Nugget.

So hearing that Caesars Palace Las Vegas is celebrating its golden anniversary is almost startling. You said, 50 years?  No way!  Not a day over 29, right?!

But yes, indeed, the venerable Caesar’s Palace is 50, and it’s throwing an anniversary bash to celebrate the milestone Aug. 5-7.

Including a free, public fireworks display at 10:20 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, the weekend will feature a variety of events, specials and amenities, including resort-wide champagne specials, anniversary room packages, ‘decadent’ menu offerings and specialty cocktails.

Without a doubt, most would agree with Caesars Entertainment CEO Mark P. Frissora when he says, “Since opening in 1966, Caesars Palace has set the standard for the Las Vegas experience.  It became an iconic brand by continually transforming its hospitality, entertainment and gaming products.”

One only needs to see how The Strip has morphed into the worldwide destination it is today to fully appreciate Frissora’s sentiments.   As a matter of fact, the fact that Caesars Palace has stayed and flourished amid the comings and goings of other casino resort nameplates, is in itself, an amazing feat.

Ribbon cutting

50 Years Ago — Caesars Palace Ribbon Cutting. Photo courtesy of Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace first opened its doors on Aug. 5, 1966, so the big weekend of celebration kicks off Friday, Aug. 5, with a birthday pool party for hotel guests, hosted by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, at the Garden of The Gods pool oasis. During the poolside celebration, the winner of the 50th Anniversary nationwide cocktail competition will also be revealed.

Saturday, Aug. 6, Caesars Palace will present a Grand Gala event for invited VIP guests. The extravagant evening will be headlined by Tony Bennett, who was the second performer to ever appear at the Circus Maximus Showroom in 1966, and in 1969, was the first and only entertainer ever offered a lifetime contract to perform at Caesars Palace.

Tony Bennett opening at Circus Maximus on Aug. 26, 1966

Tony Bennett opening at Circus Maximus on Aug. 26, 1966.  Photo courtesy of Caesars Palace 

Comedian and actor Howie Mandel,  who previously appeared at the Circus Maximus showroom and served as Master of Ceremonies for Caesars Palace 30th Anniversary television special in 1996, will host of the evening’s festivities.

The gala will also feature surprise appearances and special performances by current Caesars Entertainment headliners including: Wayne Newton, Donny and Marie Osmond, Matt Goss and The Righteous Brothers. Special honorees will include: Gordon Ramsay, the Jay Sarno Family, the Knievel Family, Larry Ruvo and more.

As part of the ongoing Summer of Caesars celebration, the resort will continue to offer its free, self-guided walking photo tour and exhibit highlighting the most memorable moments and people in the rich history of Caesars Palace available through the end of August.

To get in on the fun, hotel rooms are still available. For reservations and more information, visit


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