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Best time to go to Niagara Falls

4th of July 2023

Amazing fireworks, special cruises, and lots of activities for the whole family


Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin
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Independence Day is a great occasion to explore Niagara Falls. A long summer weekend offers many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, family getaways, backyard bbq’s, and fantastic fireworks displays. The Niagara Speedway, Zombie Attack, the Dinosaur Adventure Golf, and exciting cruises are just a few attractions of Niagara Falls in the summer.

Holiday Fireworks Display in Queen Victoria Park

The extended Holiday Fireworks Display in Queen Victoria Park is one of the main reasons to visit Niagara Falls during the holidays. Visitors can also attend a free concert with local bands that starts at 8 pm and lasts until the pyrotechnic show. The best spot to observe this spectacular show is the Niagara SkyWheel—a 53-m (175-ft) Ferris wheel offering a stunning panorama of the area. Another excellent viewing location is Clifton Hill. Visitors can bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy the fireworks that start at 10 pm.

Niagara Falls State Park Firework Display

Niagara Falls State Park runs over 100 firework displays throughout the summer, which means a daily display starting from June 17, weather permitting. Obviously, the Fourth of July fireworks show is exceptionally long and spectacular. The show begins at 10 pm in front of the American Falls and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. It is best viewed at Prospect Point.

Buffalo Area Events

Buffalo area hosts many festivities during the Fourth of July Weekend. The village of Lancaster holds Independence Days celebration with a parade and fireworks. Olcott, Cheektowaga, and Dunkirk host parades and street fairs.

Independence Eve Celebration (July 3)

The most traditional way to celebrate America's birthday in Buffalo is via Independence Eve Celebration, which is usually held on July 3 at 6 pm at the Coca-Cola Field. Buffalo Bisons host a baseball game, America’s favorite pastime. The show also features Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus playing patriotic music and the largest fireworks show of the season.

July 4th Celebration at Canalside

July 4th Celebration at Canalside is another popular festival in Buffalo that boasts the most dazzling pyrotechnic show in the area. Kids can enjoy face painting, games, craft workshops, and live music, while adults indulge in delicious food and drinks. The day ends with a beautiful sunset over Lake Erie and fireworks that reflect in the water after nightfall. Erie Canal Harbor boardwalk is the best place to view from.