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.


Akron Fourth of July Celebration at Veterans ParkJuly 3–4

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.


Town of Aurora Fourth of July Celebration at Hamlin Park - July 3

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. ‚Äč


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.


Lakewood July 4th Summerfest - Hartley Park - July 4

Chautauqua Ave., Lakewood

Celebrate Independence Day in Lakewood with fun activities along Chautauqua Avenue and Fireworks at Hartley Park at 10 p.m.


Lakewood Y Firecracker 10K & 2 Mile Run/Walk - July 4

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. for more information

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.


Niagara Falls Seneca Niagara Casino - Red, White and Boom Fireworks Celebration - July 2

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


Town of Tonawanda - Kenney Field - July 3,

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.


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