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Russell Salvatore to fund fireworks for Italian Festival

Restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore will fund the fireworks at the Galbani Italian Heritage Festival on July 20-21 at Niagara Square.

Salvatore decided to provide the fireworks for the festival rather than on the Fourth of July at Canalside. He made the decision after learning the barge on the Niagara River that launches the powerful fireworks show won't be in use this year due to the arrival of the Tall Ships.

The fireworks will instead be launched from the Michigan Pier on the Outer Harbor and be presented by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. and Be Our Guest.

Salvatore will fund the VIP party tent at Canalside.

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