July 4th Parades and Celebrations across WNY


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July 4th Parades and Celebrations across WNY!


I’m missing several – leave a comment and let me know about a celebration near you!



The 4th at Riverside Begins 5pm-10:30pm

East Aurora:  

1:30-3:30 pm – Frothy, foamy fun! In Hamlin Park near Griggs Place. Jump into a foam bath from an East Aurora Fire Truck! Bathing suits and goggles recommended, hose off the “safe soap” when finished.

7:00-7:30 pm– Independence Day Parade – Parade begins promptly at Main & Riley, and proceeds down Main St., then left on South Grove to Hamlin Park. All are welcome!
Kids parade on wheels – for kids under 5, over 10, and all ages in between! Meet in front of Wilson Farms, children age 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Decorate bikes, strollers, buggies, skateboards, wheelchairs, roller blades, anything that rolls! Sponsored by Vidler’s. Children who participate in the parade will receive a $1.00 gift certificate to Vidler’s when they finish at Hamlin Park.
Aurora Baseball/Softball, Aurora Arsenal Soccer, EAST, Little Loop – Put on your uniforms and march with your team! 
-Meet on Riley Street near Girard Avenue.

8:00 pm – Concert and Stage Show-in Hamlin Park after the parade. Featuring “Ricky Lee” in the baseball outfield; and “Jest for Laughs” with Nels Ross Cremean in a knock your socks off, laugh till it hurts variety theater show at the Rotary Bandstand. Sponsored by East Aurora Moose Lodge #370, the Rotary Club of East Aurora and The Made in America Store

10:00pm – FIREWORKS!

Rain date for fireworks is July 4. All other activities will be canceled.

Fireworks over Lake Ontario:

Wednesday, 10 p.m., Olcott. Best viewed from Lake Ontario Shoreline, Krull Park and Olcott. The prettiest fireworks on the lake! Boats sail and motor on the lake while fireworks burst into colors overhead. Fireworks are shot off the west pier. Outdoor event. Free admission. Sponsored by Town of Newfane and Olcott Beach Community Association. 716-778-7767.

July 4:


Akron celebrations feature kids parade at noon; grand parade at 4:30; face painting and more.


The 4th at Riverside continues with a Kids Parade from 10am-noon and grand parade from noon-1pm


Canalside – events all day!


Parade begins at noon.


Independence Day activities with fireworks at dusk


Annual fireworks display at dusk.

Grand Island:

Independence Day Parade, kids race and road race events beginning at 9am.


Independence Day Celebration includes 2pm parade and a lot more!


Patriots Parade:  Thursday, 12:30 p.m., Olcott. Straight from a Norman Rockwell painting, this parade is nostalgic, patriotic and fun! Dress up in red, white and blue and decorate your bikes and wagons. Meet at the Krull Park overlook in the north park by noon and march to Olcott Beach Carousel Park. Free ice cream and ride ticket for participants. Sponsored by Olcott Beach Carousel Park. 716-778-7066 and Carousel Concessions 716-778-8284

Orchard Park:

Parade begins at 8pm

University at Buffalo Annual Fireworks (Amherst):

An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 people are expected to watch the fireworks at or near Baird Point and at other spots on the North Campus, based on the turnout of previous years. Thousands more likely will park along Millersport Highway, Sweet Home Road and other nearby roadways, making the Independence Day fireworks the largest event that occurs at UB each year.

The entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. with a performance by the Billy McEwen Band. The Erie County Wind Ensemble will perform at 8:45 p.m. until the fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

Awesome list here from 929Jack FM – check it out!



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