4th of July Fireworks, Parades, and Events in the Buffalo Area
July Fourth Celebrations for 2012
June 29-July 4
Buffalo: The 4th at Riverside (Facebook page) Located at the east end of Lake Erie, organizers in Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, annually co-host a series of exciting events over a period running from the last weekend of June until just after July 4th. Our event traditionally hosts two parades on July 4th, one for children and a traditional parade in the afternoon. We also host an assortment of family themed contests such as a Miss Friendship Festival Beauty Pageant, a Pie Baking contest, Talent Show, Fishing contest, Beautiful Baby contest, Kid’s Day and more.
Clarence Day in the Park
2 p.m. until Fireworks at Town Park, Main St.
Street hockey tournament, bounce house, laser tag, ponies, food. Facebook page
East Aurora Independence Day Celebration
1:30-3:30 pm Water games via an East Aurora Fire Truck. Goggles/bathing suits recommended. In Hamlin Park near Griggs Place.
7:00-7:30 pm- Independence Day Parade starts at Main & Riley, proceeds down Main St., then left on South Grove to Hamlin Park. All are welcome!
8:00 pm - Concert and Stage Show-in Hamlin Park after the parade.
10:00pm - FIREWORKS! Rain date for fireworks is July 4. All other activities will be canceled.
Akron (Event Facebook Page)
July 3 and July 4!
July 3. Kid’s parade at 5:30 p.m., Akron Band plays at 7 p.m. There are 8-10 rides, which are open from 5-9 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. The ride tickets are $1 and rides vary from 2-6 tickets, so the $14 wrist band per day is a good buy. Lots of food stands.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus and the Buffalo Bisons at Coca Cola Field
Tuesday, July 3 $23 per ticket or discounted price for 4.
First the Bisons host the Durham Bulls at 6:05 p.m. Then after the game, sit back and enjoy a great post game concert from Conductor Paul Ferington and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. As the concert ends, the largest fireworks show of the season begins.
Lancaster July 3-4
July 3: 4-11 p.m. Amusement rides; Main Stage concert 7 p.m.
Niagara Falls NY
Fireworks outside the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel on Tuesday July 3. Begins at 9:40. Rain date Friday July 6. See July 4 for the fireworks that are over the falls.
Olcott's Fireworks over Lake Ontario
July 3 at 10 pm Best viewed from the shoreline, Krull Park. Parade is on the 4th below
July 4, 2012
Amherst partners with the University at Buffalo North Campus for Fireworks at Baird Point, at 10pm.
Akron (July 3 & 4)
July 4. The park opens at noon and closes at 9 p.m. Big League chewing gum contest for all ages starts at 1 p.m. in the gazebo. The parade is at 4:30 p.m. Again the rides are available via individual tickets or a $14 “ride all you want” wristband, and there will be plenty of food stands
Buffalo: Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Canalside
6-10 p.m. Map.
Celebrate our independence and welcome The Pride of Baltimore II to the Erie Canal Harbor. This 137' topsail schooner (tall ship) will be in port. Includes activities by Explore & More -- Continuous entertainment & fireworks on the Central Wharf & Historic Ruins.
Buffalo: The Fourth at Riverside Park - see above, this runs June 29-July 4
Cheektowaga on the 4th
Parade assembles at 11:30 at the Thruway mall; stepoff at noon, and the route is Walden to Harlem to the Town Park. Fireworks at dusk in the same park!
Sponsored by the Town, Elma’s sixth annual fireworks display will be held behind the EMW Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday July 4th at dusk. The public is asked to park in the Iroquois School parking lot across the street for the best vantage point.
July 4th 9 a.m. Annual Dick Bessel Independence Day Run & kids run, along G I Blvd.
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.
Lancaster (July 3-4)
July 4 begins with a Flag raising ceremony and includes a baby contest, 10k run, live music, a Parade at 2 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. and Fireworks at 10. Website
Niagara Falls: Independence Day Fireworks over the Falls!
10 p.m. This spectacular display comes from the Canadian side of the Falls, courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission. Best vantage points for viewing: Oakes Garden Theatre & Queen Victoria Park in Canada, Prospect Point in NY, or try watching from the Rainbow Bridge (50c pedestrian toll). If you are passing through on July 1 you can enjoy the same fireworks for Canada Day.
Niagara Falls, NY
see July 3 for the Seneca Niagara Casino Fireworks,
The City of Niagara Falls NY has fireworks July 4 at 9:30 in Hyde Park. Rain date July 5.
Olcott Patriot's Parade
July 4, 12:30 p.m. Ends at Olcott Beach Carousel
Orchard Park Fourth of July Parade
Wed. Step off at 8:00 p.m., Parade assembles at 7 at Orchard Park High School Parking lot on Baker Road. Sponsored by The Town of Orchard Park.
Tonawanda: T-NT Fireworks Display
July 4, big band music at 7, fireworks at dusk at Niawanda Park (map)