By Alicia Dziak
The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America, and for many, it’s just not complete without a fantastic display of fireworks. With the holiday falling mid-week, you have your choice of many shows the weekend before and also the weekend after—why not pick more than one to check out?
On Wednesday, July 4, stay right here in Springville and enjoy fireworks at the Community Park with live music by Gene Hilts and the Rustic Ramblers.
Other area events:
• July 1, Sardinia Fireman’s Carnival
The weekend-long carnival at the Sardinia Town Park concludes with a grand fireworks display at dusk.
• July 1, Ellicottville Summer Music Festival, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with fireworks to follow
The orchestra will feature “Vinyl Fever” with songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s including Motown, Billy Joel, Beach Boys, ABBA and the Beatles to name a few. The evening will end with your favorite Independence Day music choreographed to an awesome fireworks display. For ticket info, visit www.ellicottvilleny.com.
• July 1, Fireworks Extravaganza at Seneca Niagara
Join us for a Free Fireworks Spectacular at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino on Sunday, July 1 at 9:40 p.m. sharp. Don’t forget your lawn chairs—this view is one you won’t want to miss! Rain date is Monday, July 2.
• July 3, KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration at the Buffalo Bisons
Check out the 24th Annual KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Largest Fireworks Show of the Season as the Bisons host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (6:05 p.m.). The KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration features the best that America has to offer. Our national pastime played out between two great rivals. Then after the game, sit back and enjoy a great post game concert from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Of course, no KeyBank Independence Eve concert would be complete without several numbers to honor our brave servicemen and servicewomen. After a feast for the ears, get your eyes ready to be amazed. As the concert ends, the Largest Fireworks Show of the Season begins.
• July 3, Independence Day Celebration at Allegany State Park
Grab your lawn chairs and head to Allegany State Park’s Quaker Beach area to celebrate our nation’s independence! The fun starts at 2 p.m. on July 3 with a chicken barbecue (until sold out). Later on, listen to live music, enjoy vendors and spend time at the beach!
• July 4, City of Olean’s Fireworks 2018
The city is set for a booming fourth! Bradner Stadium, Olean, gates open at 5:30 p.m. Coolers and packages carried into the stadium will be checked for security reasons. In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be scheduled for the next clear night.
• July 4, Canalside Buffalo
Don your red, white and blue, and join us for this free celebration featuring food trucks, free live music and a dazzling fireworks show synced to a patriotic soundtrack provided by Russell J. Salvatore!
• July 5-7, Ellicottville Rodeo
350+ rodeo athletes for a show to see of man versus beast for great family entertainment. Fireworks to follow. For info, visit www.ellicottvillerodeo.com.
• July 6, Fireworks at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
Check out this free Fireworks Spectacular at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino on Friday, July 6 at 9:30 p.m.
• June 30- July 4, Martin’s Fantasy Island, Grand Island
Visit Fantasy Island and enjoy Fireworks each night, live music, hot dog eating contests, flag-raising ceremony and more. Veterans, active military, and first responders get in for half price when you show a valid ID at the gate.