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Where to watch the fireworks this weekend

There may be nothing more American than watching a Fourth of July fireworks display while sporting red, white, and blue.

Although fireworks were invented in China, we’ve incorporated them into the annual celebration of our independence —­ a testament to the United States’ diversity and open-mindedness.

With that, we share with you the places in Western New York where you can enjoy this great American tradition — from traditional fireworks displays, to concerts, and parades.  Here’s to one more year of celebrating freedom.

July 2

Akron/Newstead

• The Akron Fourth of July Celebration begins Thursday in Akron’s Veterans Park.

Festivities are scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 2 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fireworks are scheduled at 10 p.m. Friday.

The July 4th parade is set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Bloomingdale Avenue and Main Street.

Ellicottville

• The Championship Rodeo at 6819 Sommerville Valley Road will close with a fireworks show on Thursday and Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo at starts at 7 p.m.

Lancaster

• The village’s Independence Day celebration will be in full swing, kicking off Thursday at 5 p.m. Additional activities continue in the heart of the village off Central Avenue in the Save-A-Lot parking lot from noon to 11 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. Saturday night.

Town of Tonawanda

• Kenney Field, northwest corner of Brighton Road and Colvin Boulevard, about 10 p.m. Rain date is Friday. Preceded by event honoring Vietnam War veterans and American Legion Band concert.V

July 3

Allegany State Park

• Music and chicken barbeque will be part of the celebration at the park’s Quaker Beach area. The events run from noon to 10 p.m. There’ll be fireworks at dusk. No rain date listed.

Aurora

• Hamlin Park, 10 p.m. Fireworks follow a series of events that start with soapy foam play with fire truck spray from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Other activities include a parade at 7:30 p.m. and a stage show with the Krossfire band at 8 p.m. at the baseball outfield.

Saturday is the rain date for fireworks. All other events will be canceled.

Buffalo

• Fireworks are scheduled for about 9:30 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field following the Bisons game. The celebration features the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hamburg

• Woodlawn Beach State Park, 10 p.m. $7 per car gate fee will be charged.

Olcott

• Krull Park, 10 p.m. Best viewing spots will be on the shoreline in the park.

Silver Creek

• George Borrello Park, foot of Jackson Street, dusk. Rain date is Saturday.

July 4

Amherst

• Baird Point at UB North Campus, dusk, Fireworks follow musical performances from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Bemus Point

• Floating Stage on Chautauqua Lake, 8 p.m. Fireworks following Hotel California Eagles Tribute

Boston

• Music and fireworks will fill the air Saturday at Boston Town Park, 8500 Boston State Road. The festivities will begin with a performance by the Boston Town Band at 8 p.m. Fireworks will follow the concert at 10 p.m.

Buffalo

• Canalside, 10:15 p.m. A day of activities on land and in the water culminate with fireworks display.

Cheektowaga

• Cheektowaga Town Park, Harlem Road, dusk.

Clarence

• Clarence Town Park, dusk. Third annual HollowFest Fourth of July Fair.

Concord/Springville

• Fiddlers Green Park at the corner of Buffalo Street and Franklin Street, dusk

Dunkirk

• Memorial Park, Lake Shore Drive, dusk.

Ellicottville

• Championship Rodeo, 6819 Sommerville Valley Road, dusk. After the final rodeo event of the evening. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will take to the stage at Holiday Valley at 8 p.m., and the finale will pair the Philharmonic with choreographed fireworks. Tickets are $35, children 12 and under are free.

Elma

• Across from Iroquois High School at the Elma Boys and Girls Club on Girdle Road, dusk.

Hamburg

• Wanakah Country Club, 10 p.m.

• Brierwood Country Club, dusk.

Lewiston

• Plateau Park, off Eighth Street, adjacent to Artpark, dusk, or about 9:45 p.m.

Little Valley

• Little Valley Speedway/Fairgrounds, dusk. To take place after Championship Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. at

Speedway.

Lockport

• Outwater Park, 9:30 p.m.

Mayville

• Lakeside Park, 10 p.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Family activities throughout the day

Niagara Falls

• Prospect Point, 10 p.m. This display can be seen on the U.S. side at Prospect Point or the Rainbow Bridge.

• Hyde Park, dusk. Rain date is Saturday at dusk.

• Sal Maglie Stadium, 9:45 p.m. Rain date Sunday.

North Tonawanda

• Tonawanda Island, North Tonawanda, dusk. Joint cities event begins at 7 p.m. with Sugar & Jazz

• Orchestra at Niawanda Park, Tonawanda, followed by fireworks.

Olean

• Bradner Stadium, Route 417, dusk.

Orchard Park

• Orchard Park Middle School, 9:30 p.m. Saturday’s July 4th celebrations start off with a parade beginning at 8 p.m. from Orchard Park High School on Baker Road. The march continues down Baker Road to Route 20A and South Lincoln Avenue. Then settle in to hear music at the pavilion, where there will be a good view of the fireworks at dusk.

Royalton

• Royalton Ravine Park, 10 p.m. Parade begins at 6 p.m. at Hartland Bible Church. Food vendors at 7 p.m. in park. Movie at 7:30 p.m.

Salamanca

• Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, dusk.

City of Tonawanda

• Tonawanda Island, North Tonawanda dusk. Joint cities event begins at 7 p.m. with Sugar & Jazz

• Orchestra at Niawanda Park, Tonawanda, followed by fireworks.