Best Fireworks in WNY 2017
Our guide to finding impressive fireworks
Independence Day acknowledges America’s hard fought freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and nothing symbolizes these rights more spectacularly than a fireworks celebration.
Western New York showcases its true red, white, and blue spirit with myriad spectacular fireworks displays throughout the area. Pack up your lawn chairs, along with a few oohs and ahhs, and get ready to enjoy a patriotic celebration near you.
Fireworks begin at dusk, usually between 9:30 and 10 p.m., but be sure to arrive a bit early to secure a prime spot and set up your blankets and chairs. Note that many fireworks displays are on July 3.
Skyline Dr., Akron
Enjoy a parade, family activities, entertainment, food, and fireworks at the Akron Independence Day celebration at Veteran’s Park on Buell St. Fireworks scheduled for July 3.
Amherst - UB North Campus - July 4
UB North Campus, Baird Point
The band 23 Skidoo will perform from 7-8:15 p.m., followed by the Erie County Wind Ensemble. The fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
166 S. Grove St., Aurora
Fun for all with a parade, entertainment, food (pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, pizza, pie slices, cookies, drinks & ice cream), and of course, Fireworks at 10:00 p.m.
Allegany State Park , Quaker Beach - July 3
Quaker Beach, Allegany State Park, 2373 ASP, Rte. 1, Salamanca, 354-2182
The fun starts at 2 p.m. on July 3 with a chicken barbecue, then at 6 p.m. listen to Allegany’s own artist in residence Darrell Porter, followed by the Keith James Band. Capping off this fun-filled night will be a spectacular fireworks display over the waters of Quaker Lake. Fireworks at dusk.
City of Batavia - Dwyer Stadium - July 4
Dwyer Stadium, 299 Bank St., Batavia
Bemus Point - Midway State Park - July 4
2859 Route 430, Bemus Point
Fireworks at 10:15 p.m.
Town of Blasdell - Woodlawn Beach - July 3
Woodlawn Beach State Park, S-3580 Lakeshore Rd., Blasdell
Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Town of Boston - Boston Town Park - July 4
Boston Town Park, 8500 Boston State Rd., Town of Boston
Fireworks at dusk.
City of Buffalo - BPO & Chorus, Fireworks and the Buffalo Bisons at Coca Cola Field - July 3
Coca Cola Field, 275 Washington Street, Buffalo
Celebrate the 23rd Annual KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration at Coca Cola Field with the Buffalo Bisons, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and the Largest Fireworks Show of the Season. Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs (6:05 p.m.), BPO concert immediately following game followed by fireworks.
City of Buffalo - Annual Fourth of July Celebration on the Waterfront at Canalside - July 4
Enjoy a day full of activities with your family with a firework celebration to top the night.
Clarence - Hollowfest at Clarence Town Park - July 1-3
10405 Main St., Clarence
Rides, games, live music, food, family fun, and fireworks.
Dunkirk Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks - Dunkirk City Pier and Memorial Park - July 4
814 Central Ave., Dunkirk
Live music, food vendors, a large open space for people to sit, and a nice view of the lake. Free parking is available on the street and in nearby parking lots. Ending with the best firework display around!
Elma Fireworks - Boys & Girls Club - July 4
2080 Girdle Rd., Elma
Elma's Fourth of July Fireworks display is at dusk on July 4 at the Boys & Girls Club on Girdle Road. Parking available at the Iroquois School lots. Fireworks at dusk.
Ellicottville Summer Music Festival - June 30-July 2
BPO & Fireworks on July 1
Village of Ellicottville
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform their annual show featuring patriotic fanfare choreographed to fireworks, dance music and some great movie favorites, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Frozen. There’ll be something for the whole family to enjoy.
Franklinville - The Woods at Bear Creek Celebration - July 1
3510 Bear Creek Rd., Franklinville, 676-2327
Come for a whole day of fun on Saturday, July 1 at The Woods at Bear Creek and then watch fireworks after dusk! A $10 day pass gets you access to the 1200' foot zip line, the hiking trails, fishing on the 20-acre lake and the inground pool. If you have never seen the gorgeous grounds of The Woods at Bear Creek, this is your perfect chance! There will be food and beverage specials all day long from the Restaurant on grounds and tent sites or cabins are available. Screamin' Lou will be live and play from 2-9:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.
Grand Island Independence Day FUN! - July 4
Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island
The Annual Dick Bessel Independence Day Run, Kids Run, and Parade along Grand Island Boulevard starts at 9 a.m. Fireworks at Martin's Fantasy Island at dusk after water park closes. Grand Island residents may enter the Park for Fireworks at 9 p.m. with proof of residence. Anyone may purchase discounted admission for the whole day, with special activities, and stay for the fireworks. Fireworks at dusk.
Grand Island - Fantasy Island - Declaration Celebration at Martin’s Fantasy Island - July 1-4
2400 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island
Visit Fantasy Island July 1-4 and enjoy fireworks each night, live music, hot dog eating contests, and a flag raising ceremony. Veterans, active military, and first responders get in for half price when you show a valid ID at the gate!
Town of Hamburg - July 4
5161 Lakeshore Rd., Hamburg - Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
5324 Rogers Rd., Hamburg - Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Chautauqua Ave., Lakewood
Celebrate Independence Day in Lakewood with fun activities along Chautauqua Avenue and Fireworks at Hartley Park at 10 p.m.
Annual Fourth of July 10 K race on beautiful Lake Chautauqua. Race starts a day of celebration on the Richard O. Hartley Park that concludes with a spectacular fireworks display.
Village of Lancaster Independence Days - July 1-4 - Fireworks: July 4, 10 p.m.
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Sav-A-Lot parking lot, Lancaster, 10 Aurora St., Lancaster or 683-7026
Head to the Village of Lancaster to celebrate the annual Independence Days Festival. Carnival rides, contests, music, delicious food, Cute Baby Parade, 4th of July parade, and fireworks.
Saturday, July 1: 6–11 p.m.; Sunday, July 2: 12–11 p.m. (Star Spangled Arts & Crafts- starts at 10 a.m.) Monday, July 3 from 12–11 p.m.; Tuesday, July 4: 8 a.m.–11 p.m. Fireworks: 10 p.m.
Village of Lewiston - July 4
View from Academy Park, 890 Center St., Lewiston
Bring a picnic and enjoy live music before the fireworks.
Lyndonville - July 4
77 Housel Ave., Lyndonville
View from Lyndonville Central School Softball Fields
City of Lockport - July 4
Outwater Memorial Park, 125 Outwater Dr., Lockport
Mayville July 4th Celebration - July 4
Lakeside Park, Route 394, Mayville or 753-2280
The Chautauqua County Celebration: 10 a.m. parade followed by activities, events, food, and live music at Lakeside Park. A huge fireworks display at 10 p.m. and the annual tradition of flares around the lake. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Newfane/Olcott - Fireworks Over Lake Ontario - Fireworks: July 3
Widely renowned as the most spectacular fireworks display in the lake region with the best views from Lake Ontario Shoreline, Krull Park, and Olcott. Boats sail and motor over Lake Ontario, while fireworks burst in amazing color overhead. Free parking and admission. Arrive early for the best view. Sponsored by the Town of Newfane and Olcott Beach Community Associations. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Niagara Falls State Park Fireworks - July 1
There is something remarkable about a Niagara Falls State Park fireworks show, which you can experience all summer long when you visit the Falls. In June, July and August, fireworks will be held Mondays–Fridays at 10 p.m. with a special Independence Day fireworks display on Saturday, July 1 at 10 p.m. Grab your chair or blanket and head for Niagara Falls State Park and sit back and enjoy the show! Fireworks at 10 p.m.
310 4th St., Niagara Falls
Don’t miss the dazzling display of bright colors at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel guaranteed to light up the night sky! Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Niawanda Park - Tonawanda/North Tonawanda - July 4
200 Niagara St., Tonawanda
Viewed from Niawanda Park, Tonawanda and Gratwick Park, North Tonawanda. Fireworks begin at dusk, shot from Tonawanda Island
Town of Niagara - July 2
Veteran’s Memorial Community Park, 7000 Lockport Rd., Town of Niagara
City of Olean - July 4
Bradner Stadium, 680R E State St., Olean
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be scheduled for the next clear night.
Town of Orchard Park - July 4
Orchard Park Middle School Parking lot, 60 S. Lincoln Ave., Orchard Park
Town of Pendleton - July 4
Pendleton Town Park, 6570 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton, NY
Kenney Field, 2000 Colvin Blvd, Corner of Colvin and Brighton, Tonawanda
The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department will be honoring USA’s birthday with a special concert at Kenney Field on Monday, July 3 featuring the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude at 9:30 p.m. A spectacular fireworks display will be presented by Pyrotecnico at 10 p.m.
Town of Wheatfield - July 4
Oppenheim Park, 2713 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls
The annual Town of Wheatfield's Independence Day celebration with once again be held at Oppenheim Park. DJ Nate Zarbo begins playing music around 5:30 PM with the firework display set to go off at Dark to an array of patriotic music.
Dawn Bystrzak is a recent graduate of Niagara University and an intern at Spree.