2015 Independence Day Fireworks Schedule
Ellicottville Championship Rodeo
Contestants from around the world compete at one of the largest IPRA/APRA sanctioned rodeos in the Northeast; the event also includes a kids’ stick horse race and chicken barbecue. The rodeo completes with a fireworks display July 2—4; the last day of the rodeo is July 5.
Gates open at 5 p.m.; adults: $18; children over 6: $9; kids under 5: free at Ellicottville Rodeo (6819 Sommerville Valley Rd., Ellicottville; ellicottvillerodeo.com)
Independence Eve with The Bisons
Celebrate Independence Eve with BPO, the Buffalo Bisons, and a fireworks spectacular.
6 p.m.; $26 ticket to Bisons game at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.; milb.com or 843-4373)
Buffalo Riverfest Concert Series
This Independence Day celebration features a performance by Bill LaRusch.
6:30 p.m.; free at River Fest Park (249 Ohio St.; thevalleycenter.com)
Canalside Independence Day Celebration
The day-long shindig includes activities for kids, live music, a flag folding ceremony, and fireworks at 10:15 p.m.
11 a.m.; free at Canalside (Erie Canal Harbor, Central Wharf; canalsidebuffalo.com or 574-1537)
Ellicottville Summer Music Festival
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform, playing tribute to Star Wars in the second half of the show, complete with characters roaming the resort and choreographed fireworks for the finale.
8 p.m.; $35, children 12 and under are free; weekend packages available at Holiday Valley Mountain Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Rd., Ellicottville; 800-349-9099 or ellicottvilleny.com)
Red, White, & Blue Day
Come to Fantasy Island wearing red, white, and blue for a fun, discounted day at the park. There are free rides for kids in the restored Princess Carriage and the park stays open late (except for the water park), with fireworks at the end of the night.
Park opens at 11:30 a.m.; special admission: $17.76 at Martin’s Fantasy Island (2400 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island; martinsfantasyisland.com)
MORE LOCAL FIREWORKS
Most firework displays are held at dusk; check with each municipality as July 4 approaches for updated information on date/potential rain date, and other details.
Amherst (Lake Lasalle at University at Buffalo North Campus)
Aurora (Hamlin Park)
Boston (Boston Town Park, behind the Town Hall)
Cheektowaga (Cheektowaga Town Park, Harlem Road)
Clarence (Clarence Town Park)
Elma (Across from Iroquois High School, Girdle Road)
Hamburg (Wanakah Country Club, Woodlawn Beach State Park, and Brierwood Country Club)
Lewiston (Plateau Park, off Eighth St.)
Little Valley (Little Valley Speedway/Fairgrounds)
Lockport (Outwater Park)
Niagara Falls (Hyde Park)
Orchard Park (Orchard Park Middle School Campus, 60 S. Lincoln Ave.)
Niagara Falls (Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, near Sixth St. outdoor parking lot)
City of Tonawanda/North Tonawanda (Tonawanda Island)
Town of Tonawanda (Kenney Field, northwest corner of Brighton Road and Colvin Blvd.)