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Fireworks, food trucks and music set for Canalside Fourth of July celebration

Buffalo’s inner and outer harbors will once again be lit with the rockets’ red glare and bursting of fireworks for this year’s Independence Day celebration Monday night at Canalside.

A schedule of afternoon and evening activities for the celebration was announced Tuesday by Robert Gioia, chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. In addition to live music and food truck vendors – along with the growing amenities at Canalside – a 10 p.m. fireworks display will be sponsored by restaurateur and hotel owner Russell J. Salvatore who, in previous years, sponsored fireworks displays in Delaware Park.

“For 20 years I’ve been doing this and I’ll continue until I go out of the restaurant business feet first,” Salvatore said.

He was joined by Mayor Byron W. Brown, State. Sen. Tim Kennedy and other local partners in this year’s scheduled Fourth of July events at Canalside.

Ryan Coate, general manager of Spectra Venue Management, which manages all of the Inner Harbor activities, said a variety of live musical and dance acts are scheduled to perform beginning at 2 p.m. Monday, including the George Scott Big Band, Lehrer Dance, Dance Spectrum, Tiger Chung Lee and the Outer Circle Orchestra.

Children’s activities will be provided by Young Audiences of Western New York, the Buffalo & Erie County Library, Nickel Novelties and Kids Zone at Canalside.

Also, a new art space will be provided by Key Bank. A flag folding ceremony will be conducted by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.

Mix 96 will broadcast patriotic music synchronized with the fireworks display at Canalside.

Limited parking will be available along Fuhrmann Boulevard. Patrons will not be allowed to bring outside food or pets into Canalside.