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4th of July: When and where to celebrate

Area fireworks displays kick off Thursday night and continue through Sunday. In this file photo, fans enjoy fireworks after the 15th annual  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus Concert for Independence Day last year. (James P.McCoy / Buffalo News)

Fourth of July fireworks kick off later this week and will be booming throughout the weekend.

Find out when and where to see the pyrotechnics and celebrate the country's independence in this roundup of events in Western New York.

If you're really anxious to get a head start, head to Niagara Falls, where Canada Day fireworks will be on display Thursday night. Need another reason to celebrate? Lance Diamond will headline the Erie Canal Harbor's Independence Day celebration, and it's also his birthday. 

July 1

  • Niagara Falls, Ont.: fireworks, 10 p.m., brink of Niagara Falls
  • Buffalo & Fort Erie: binational Friendship Festival includes live music, rides, food vendors and more through July 5, Riverside Park in Buffalo and Mather Arch in Fort Erie, Ont.

July 2

  • Akron: fireworks, 10 p.m., corner of Buell Street and Skyline Drive; rain date, July 5 
  • Albion: fireworks, 9:45 p.m., Bullard Park, East Avenue; festivities start at 5 p.m. with live music, food vendors and more. 
  • Lancaster: rides and music, 1 to 11 p.m., Save-a-Lot parking lot, 10 Aurora St.; Urban Renewal performs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • Salamanca: fireworks, 9:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard; rain date, July 3.
  • Sardinia: carnival opens with fish fry, music and parade, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Town of Sardinia Veteran's Memorial Park, Genesee Road, Chaffee; Carnival will continue through July 4.

July 3

  • Buffalo: fireworks follow Buffalo Bisons game and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus Concert, 6:05 p.m., Coca-Cola Field, 275 Washington St.
  • Batavia: fireworks follow Batavia Muckdogs vs. Auburn Doubledays game, 7:05 p.m., Dwyer Stadium. 
  • Cheektowaga: rides from noon to 10 p.m., Cheektowaga Town Park, 2600 Harlem Road; Hit-N Run, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. 
  • Clarence: Day in the Park, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., One Town Place; fireworks, 9:45 p.m.
  • Cuba: fireworks, 10 p.m., Cuba Lake
  • East Aurora: parade and live music followed by fireworks, 7:30 p.m., Hamlin Park; parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at Main and Riley streets and ends in park; live music includes Never Been and Jest for Laughs; fireworks, 10 p.m. Rain date for fireworks only, July 4.
  • Evans: fireworks, dusk, Lake Erie Beach Park; rain date, July 4.
  • Grand Island: Dick Bessel Independence Day Race, 9 a.m., starts at Whitehaven Road and Grand Island Boulevard; parade, 9:35 a.m., Grand Island Boulevard from Webb to Baseline roads. 
  • Lancaster: rides and music, Save-a-Lot parking lot, 10 Aurora St.; Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra, noon; Route 66, 1:30 p.m.; Unbridled Enthusiasm, 4 p.m., Firemen's Park; The Strangers, 7 p.m.
  • Lockport: parade, 6 p.m., starts at Lockport Senior High School and continues on Locust Street to Walnut Street. 
  • Niagara Falls: fireworks, 9:40 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, 310 Fourth St.; rain date, July 4.
  • Olcott: fireworks, 10 p.m., west pier, Olcott Beach.
  • Springville: celebration and picnic, 3 p.m., Community Park, North Buffalo Street; Gene Hilts and the Rustic Ramblers, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. 
  • Youngstown: French and Indian War Encampment, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Old Fort Niagara; Continues July 4-5.

July 4

    • Akron: parade, 4:30 p.m., Main Street
    • Amherst: music and fireworks, 7 p.m., University at Buffalo North Campus; Lee Ron Zydeco Band, 7 p.m.; Erie County Wind Ensemble, 8:45 p.m.; fireworks, 9:45 p.m. Rain date for fireworks, July 5.

    • Buffalo: fireworks will conclude Independence Day celebration with live music and more, 4 to 10 p.m., Erie Canal Harbor at Canal Side; Buffalo trivia with Dennis George starting at 4 p.m.; Cadenza of the Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo, 5 p.m.; Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields, 7:15 p.m; Lance Diamond, 9 p.m.; fireworks, 10:15 p.m.
    • Cheektowaga: parade, noon, Thruway Plaza to Cheektowaga Town Park; Bedrock Boys, 2 to 6 p.m., town park; Boys of Summer play, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., town park; fireworks at dusk.
    • Elma: fireworks, 10 p.m., near Boys & Girls Club of Elma, Marilla and Wales, 2080 Girdle Road; rain date is July 5
    • Grand Island: fireworks, dusk, Martin's Fantasy Island; Residents of Grand Island may gain free admission to the park at 5 p.m. Adults must bring photo identification and proof of residency.
    • Lancaster: entertainment, parade and fireworks, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Save-a-Lot parking lot, 10 Aurora St.; parade, 2 p.m., Pleasant Avenue; Just Got Paid, 4 p.m., Firemen's Park; Hit-N-Run, 6 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m.
    • Lewiston: fireworks, dusk, Lewiston Plateau, near Artpark; rain date, July 5
    • Little Valley: Freedom Daze Demolition Derby and fireworks, 7:30 p.m., Little Valley Speedway, 501 Erie St.; $8 for adults and free for children under 8. 
    • Lockport: Lockport Federation of Musicians concert, 4 to 6 p.m., Outwater Park; fireworks, dusk.
    • Niagara Falls: fireworks, 9:45 p.m., Sal Maglie Stadium, Hyde Park, 1200 Hyde Park Blvd.; rain date, July 5
    • Olcott-Newfane: Kids' Patriot Parade, 12:20 p.m., Krull Park, 6108 Lake Road.
    • Orchard Park: parade, 8 p.m., Quaker Street from Baker Road to South Lincoln; parade awards and fireworks follow at pavilion behind Orchard Park Middle School, 60 South Lincoln Ave.
    • Pendleton: fireworks, dusk, Pendleton Town Park.
    • Royalton: parade, 4 p.m., starts at Hartland Bible Church, West Avenue; followed by food vendors, bands and kids zone, 5 to 10 p.m., Royalton Ravine Park; fireworks, dusk.
    • Sardinia: fireworks, 10 p.m., Town of Sardinia Veteran's Memorial Park, Genesee Road, Chaffee; carnival events from 8:30 a.m. to midnight include rides, music and more. 
    • Tonawandas: Sugar N' Jazz performance, 7 p.m., Niawanda Park; fireworks, dusk, shot off from Tonawanda Island, North Tonawanda.

    --Denise Jewell Gee

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