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Complete listing of Fourth of July festivities

To discover the details of Independence Day revelry near you, scroll through our listings, pick one or more and start celebrating the good old U.S. of A.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Multiple Day Events


Friday Night in the Square, Jackson Square, alleyways off Jackson and Center streets. 7 to 9 p.m. Music by Penny Whiskey, a Celtic/folk band.

Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel parking lot, Interstate 86, exit 20. Free. Rain date: Saturday, July 2.


Sixth annual Ramble Music and Art Fest, along Center Street. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Live music from 29 hometown bands on two stages, concessions, arts and crafts vendors.

Clarence Day in the Park, Clarence Town Park. Begins at 11 a.m. with Clarence Town Park Club House Centennial celebration. Other activities include Madd Matt's Extreme Racing, Buffalo Bounce House, "I Got It" booth, face painting, storytelling, Chinese auction, live music, Chiavetta's chicken barbecue, concessions, flag presentation by 914 Color Guard and American Legion Post 838. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Little Valley
Freedom Daze races at Little Valley Speedway, 501 Erie St. Races begin at 7 p.m., fireworks at dusk. Tickets are $15 for adults, free for children under 12. Rain date: 7 p.m. Monday.

Niagara Falls
Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Seneca Square at Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, 310 Fourth St. Free. Rain date: Sunday.


Fireworks at dusk, Lake Erie Beach Park, 9568 Lake Shore Road. Rain date: Monday.

The 17th annual KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration with the Buffalo Bisons, Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons face off against the Syracuse Chiefs at 6:05 p.m., followed by a performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and fireworks. Tickets are $23 (, or 843-4373).

Fireworks at dusk over Cuba Lake.

Parade at 6 p.m., starting at the intersection of Locust Street and Lincoln Avenue, proceeding down Locust Street and ending at Walnut Street.

Fireworks over Lake Ontario at dusk. Best viewed from Lake Ontario shoreline, Krull Park and Olcott.

Old-fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, Community Park, Buffalo Road. 3 p.m. Music by Paul Zittel and Pure Country, softball, food. Fireworks at dusk.

Town of Porter
Summerfest Fourth of July Celebration, Porter on the Lake Park, Dietz Road. 2 to 11 p.m. Vendors, food, beer and wine, family activities and live music by 90 West, JJ Swing and Rip and the Bandogs. Fireworks over Lake Ontario at dusk. $5 per person at the gate, children under 12 free.


Amherst Recreation Concert Series Independence Day Celebration, University at Buffalo North Campus. Music by Friends of Harmony at 7 p.m. and Erie County Wind Ensemble at 8:45 p.m. Fireworks to follow.

Picnic in the Park, Centennial Park off Ellicott Avenue and State Street. Noon to 5 p.m. Kiddie rides, arts and crafts vendors, concessions, live music and community booths. Fireworks following the 7:05 p.m. Batavia Muckdogs game against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Dywer Stadium, 299 Bank St.

July Fourth Celebration in the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf. 6 p.m. to midnight. Clowns, tattoo art, Buffalo trivia, concessions. Music by Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields and the Lance Diamond Show. The topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore II will be in port. Fireworks at dusk. No outside concessions or coolers allowed.

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Independence Day Celebration, Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, Chautauqua, 8 to 10:15 p.m. Features guest conductor Stuart Chafetz and narrator Marty W. Merkley. Tickets are $36 ( or 357-6250).

Fireworks at dusk over the Elma, Marilla and Wales Boys & Girls Club, 2080 Girdle Road. Parking across the street at Iroquois Central School. Rain date: Tuesday.

Grand Island
Martin's Fantasy Island, 2400 Grand Island Blvd. Fireworks at dusk.

Fireworks at dusk, Lewiston Plateau, near Artpark. Can be seen from Academy Park on Center Street. Rain date: Tuesday.

Fireworks at dusk at Outwater Park, off Glenwood Avenue and Trowbridge Street.

Independence Day — A Celebration Across Time. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience how Americans celebrated July 4 in two different historical settings: the 1826 Jubilee and the 1876 Centennial. Official United States naturalization ceremony conducted by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Telesca at 11 a.m., 19th century-style baseball game, toy air balloon rising, games, live music and parade featuring an 1899 steam car. Tickets are $15 for adults, $9 for children under 16 and are available at the museum or at

Patriots Parade at 12:30 p.m. Starts at Krull Park's lakefront parking lot at 6108 Lake Road, ends at Olcott Beach Carousel Park. Free ice cream and ride ticket for participants.

Orchard Park
Parade at 8 p.m. Starts at Orchard Park High School parking lot, proceeds south on Baker Road, turns right on Quaker Street, then left on South Lincoln Street. Float awards and fireworks immediately following. Fireworks rain date: Tuesday.

Fourth of July Celebration, Royalton Ravine Park, off Gasport Road. Begins at 2 p.m. Parade begins at 3 p.m. and will start at Hartland Bible Church on West Avenue. Chicken barbecue, food vendors, live music from 4 to 11 p.m., Kids Zone from 5 to 8 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. Shuttles will run every half hour from 2 to 11 p.m. from Terry Corners and Gasport fire halls. Parking is limited.


The 4th at Riverside (in conjunction with the Friendship Festival), Riverside Park, Friday through Monday. Concessions and "Pay One Price" rides every day. Friday: 4 to 11 p.m. Beautiful baby contest, 4:30 p.m.; music by Hit N Run, 7 p.m. Saturday: 1 to 11 p.m. Fishing contest from 8 a.m. to noon at foot of Ontario Street; talent show, 1 p.m.; petting zoo, 2 p.m.; music by Stealin', 7 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. Sunday: 1 to 11 p.m. Kids Day with free games, crafts and prizes for children from 1 to 3 p.m. Petting zoo, 2 p.m.; karaoke, 3 p.m. and music by Whiskey River, 7 p.m. Monday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Kiddie parade, 10:30 a.m.; grand parade, 1 p.m.; belly dancer demonstrations, 2:30 p.m.; karaoke, 3 p.m.; music by Silver Extreme, 7 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Fourth of July festivities, Town Park, 2600 Harlem Road, Saturday through Monday. Saturday and Sunday: Rides, food and beer tent from 1 to 11 p.m. Music in the Lions Pavilion by Hit N Run at 7 p.m. Monday: Parade at noon. Starts on Walden Avenue, proceeds down Harlem Road and ends at Town Park. Food and beer all day, rides from 1 to 5 p.m. Music in the Lions Pavilion by the Bedrock Boys at 2 p.m. and the Strangers at 7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

First Annual LibertyFest, Collins Town Park. Friday through Sunday. Friday: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Concessions, bounce houses, slides, speed pitch machine, dunk tank. Softball tournament, 6:15 to 9 p.m., craft/baked goods tents and youth band until 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 5K race at 8:45 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.); softball tournament from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; concessions starting at 10 a.m.; craft/baked goods tents at LK Painter Center; summer recreation registration; face painting; horse and wagon rides; chicken barbecue; bounce houses; slides; horseshoe tournament; speed pitch machine; dunk tank starting at noon; magic show at 2 p.m.; home-run derby at 3 p.m. and fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pancake breakfast until noon at LK Paint Center, softball tournament.

Summer Festival of the Arts, Friday through Sunday. All concerts on Holiday Valley's main stage, arts and craft shows on Jefferson Street and pet parade on Washington Street. Concert tickets available at (800) 349-9099 or Friday: Family entertainment at the village Gazebo at 7 p.m., Rusted Root at 8 p.m. Concert tickets are $20 advance or $25 at the gate. Saturday: Arts and crafts show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., pet parade at 11 a.m., Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, 8 p.m. Fireworks at Holiday Valley at dusk beginning with music of John Phillip Sousa. Concert tickets $30 advance or $35 at the gate. Sunday: Arts and crafts show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Strawberry festival at the village gazebo, noon to 3 p.m., KC and the Sunshine Band concert at 7:30 p.m. Concert tickets $30 advance, $35 at gate.
Ellicottville Championship Rodeo, 6319 Sommerville Valley Road, Friday through Sunday. 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children; four-pack tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. Children under 5 get in free. Tickets available at the gate or

Fort Erie, Ont.
Friendship Festival, Mather Arch Park, Friday through Sunday. Concessions, rides, a midway, interactive "Kidz Zone," merchandise, vendors, and heritage artists including Niagara Youth Pow Wow Friday and Saturday. Hands Across the Border at 6 p.m. Sunday on the Peace Bridge. Friday: Free concerts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mather Arch Licensed Patio include Hair Nation, Kings & Academy, Sinners and Saints and Aura June. Also, Big Sugar with KO and Street Pharmacy, 8 p.m. main stage. Saturday: Free concerts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mather Arch Licensed Patio include Wasted Talent, Under the Influence, RK Walker, Sweet Diezel and Katie Gatta. Also, Ian Thornley & Big Wreck with Wide Mouth Mason and Gloryhound, 8 p.m. main stage.
Sunday: Second annual Admitone Christian Concert featuring Non-Fiction, Elisha Project, Ignyte and Admitone from 4 to 11 p.m.

Independence Days Celebration, Save-A-Lot parking lot, 10 Aurora St., Friday through Monday. Crafts available for sale each day. Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Music by Carnival Kids Steel Drum band from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; rides, games, concessions begin at noon; beer tent opens at 1 p.m.; music includes the Patti Parks Blues Band at 2:30 p.m. and High Horse at 7 p.m. Sunday: Noon to 11 p.m. Music by Caribbean Extravaganza Steel Drum Band; rides, games and concessions starting at noon and music by the Strangers at 7 p.m. Monday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. flag raising and interfaith service at 8 a.m.; baby contest and Boys' and Girls' Club 10K run at 9 a.m.; Lancaster Town Band at noon; beer tent opens at 1 p.m. and parade at 2 p.m. Music includes Lancaster/Depew Teen Idol winners, 3:30 p.m.; Just Got Paid, 4 p.m. and Hit N Run at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m.

Niagara Falls, Ont.
Friday, Sunday and Monday. Queen Victoria Park, 7400 Portage Road South. Free concerts at 8 p.m. on the Illumination Tower Stage, fireworks at 10 p.m.

Jam in the Valley, Buffalo Hill Village at 1629 Route 20A, Varysburg. Tickets range from $42.50 to $65 and are available at (585) 535-7447, (877) 744-5488 or Children under 10 get in general admission seating for free.
Friday: Gates open at 4 p.m. Featuring Thompson Square at 5:15 p.m., Kellie Pickler at 7 p.m. and Gary Allan at 9 p.m. Saturday: Gates open at 3 p.m. Featuring Little Big Town at 7 p.m. and Trace Adkins at 9 p.m. Fireworks display to follow.

French and Indian War Encampment, Old Fort Niagara, off the Robert Moses Parkway North. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday. Siege of 1759 battle re-enactments; weapons demonstrations; Native American arts and sports exhibitions; 18th century-style music, food and children's activities. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 6.

The News' Herbeck appears on WECK

The News' federal courts reporter Dan Herbeck appeared on WECK AM-1230 today with host Nick Mendola.

Listen to the the first hour of Dan's appearance:

And the second hour:

Video: Rochester woman arrested for recording police from yard

A Rochester woman has been arrested for recording a video of a traffic stop while standing on her front lawn.

The incident, which happened last month, was put on YouTube and has gotten national media coverage.

Check it out:

The woman, who was known to police, was charged with misdemeanor obstructing governmental administration. The police officer who arrested her had asked the woman numerous times to go inside her house because he felt unsafe with her standing behind him while officers conducted the stop.

Here's the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's story about what happened.

Here's coverage from the Huffington Post and Fox News.

Rochester's mayor says he believes the probe into the incident will be full and fair, according to the D&C.

--Aaron Besecker

Review chat with The News' Besecker about Sunday's cover story

News Staff Reporter Aaron Besecker fielded your questions at 2 p.m. today about The News' Sunday cover story on the highest paid local government in Erie County last year, a Town of Cheektowaga police lieutenant who earned $293,000.

In their honor: For years of service

Recent retirees: Two longtime priests, Monsignor Edward T. Fisher, left, and the Rev. Raymond R. Russell, right, were honored this month during a reception in St. Francis of Williamsville nursing home. With the retired priests were Chris Kluckhohn, CEO of Continuing Care for Catholic Health, the Rev. Joseph F. Moreno, of St. Lawrence Church in Buffalo, and Darlene Crispell, administrator of the home. (Photo by Charles Lewis / Buffalo News)

The $293,000 Cop: How we came to write the story

The public needs to know how the government is spending the people's money.

That's the bottom line on this story about former Cheektowaga Police Lt. Kenneth Hycner.

Every year, The Buffalo News gathers various public documents from all levels of government. Things like municipal budgets, payrolls and contracts. As beat reporters, we study them when we get them, and then keep them within reach as reference materials.

In the case of this story, Susan Schulman, the head of our investigation team, noticed the salary when reviewing Cheektowaga's public payroll. I looked into the situation over the course of about six weeks. I tracked down more information from the town — all of it in the public realm and accessible by anyone who wants to see it — and then started asking questions.

I also spoke with people in other town governments to find out how they handled things. Personnel costs are the biggest expense for every local government.

As part of this news organization's role as a watchdog, we wanted to make sure you know how your money's being spent and what decisions your elected leaders are making.

Lt. Ken Hycner put in 32 years in the police department. No one is trying to take that or any of his compensation away from him. We're just trying to shed a little light on how things work in the town of Cheektowaga.

— Aaron Besecker

Hochul, Higgins team up to battle passport costs

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul wasted no time in picking up a money-saving issue close to the hearts of her constituents. She joined Rep. Brian Higgins in front of the Buffalo Passport Office this afternoon to introduce two bills they are co-sponsoring to bring down the cost of passports.

Here's what Higgins had to say about their proposals:

Video: Ground broken for new Buffalo State technology building

Buffalo State College continued the makeover of its Elmwood Avenue campus with today’s ceremonial groundbreaking for a $38 million technology building.

The new building is the latest in a series of Buffalo State projects that will continue over the next several years and total nearly $350 million.

The three-story, 87,000-square-foot building will be the new home of the college’s computer information systems and technology departments, currently housed in three separate buildings. Construction is scheduled to be completed by summer 2013.

Watch Kevin Mulcahy, Interim Dean at Buffalo State's School of the Professions, speak at today's ceremony:

Listen to today's ceremony in its entirety:

Read News reporter Jay Rey's story in today's paper about the project.

--Joseph Popiolkowski

Margaret Sullivan appears on NPR's 'On Point'


News Editor Margaret M. Sullivan was a guest on National Public Radio's "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook this morning.

The show, which is usually broadcast from Boston, was broadcast from Buffalo. Friday's shows are a recap of the week's news.

Listen to a replay of the show:

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