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.
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 p.m. and lasts till the pyrotechnic show. The best spot to view 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 p.m.
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 p.m. in front of the American Falls and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. It is best viewed at Prospect Point.
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.
The most traditional way to celebrate America's birthday in Buffalo is Independence Eve Celebration usually held on July 3 at 6 p.m. at 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 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.