New York State

Traveling in and about New York State? Here are my personal experiences with things to do in New York State! From travel and tourism to great wines and New York state historic sites, I live in New York State, and want to share with you the wonderful things to do, see and enjoy in my great home state!

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY

Docked boat and landing on Seneca Lake, another boat is anchored in the lake


Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario’s shoreline in upstate New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY

Hubby and I go to Rochester frequently. He has a doctor in one of the suburbs, and so we head out there once per month at a minimum. Last week we made a day of it in Pittsford for the Buffalo Bills training camp, went over for lunch to the Genesee Brew House, then took a ride down to his doctor in the suburb of Victor, and then I met some friends for dinner on the way home. I always mention to one of those friends that if I lived in Rochester, I’d be in the Finger Lakes every weekend – and I am only half kidding.

That got me to thinking: what are some good day trips from Rochester, New York?

Here’s my list of 10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. I’ve defined a day trip as one which can reasonably driven to, the sights of the area enjoyed, and then returned home, all within a reasonable 10-14 hour day.

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Buffalo, NY

Explore Buffalo’s waterfront with a visit to Canalside. Home to seasonal attractions, Canalside offers something new with each visit. While there, visit the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, which offers tours of US naval ships and a submarine, as well as other military equipment. A walk along the waterfront is a great way to take in Buffalo’s sites.

The Buffalo Zoo is the country’s third-oldest zoo and showcases animals from around the globe. From animals native to New York to those on the endangered list, a visit to the zoo is both educational and inspirational.
Test your science knowledge and skills at the Buffalo Museum of Science. With an exhibit that highlights the city from outer space, the museum is home to all types of attractions that appeal to people of all ages.

Since a lot of day trips to Buffalo happen in conjunction with a football or hockey game, I’d be remise in not mentioning that professional sports fans will enjoy a stadium tour of the Buffalo Bills’ home turf, as well as catching a game or watching the Buffalo Sabres hockey team.

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

For even more ideas, check out this post: 365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Canandaigua, NY

Located at the top of Canandaigua Lake, this picturesque little town offers some great food (OMG! go to the Rheinblick German Restaurant on Main Street – it is fabulous!), historical buildings, lots of summer fests, and the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion Historic Park.

Roseland Wake Park is a great place to take the family. There are beginner classes especially for children. If your family likes outdoors, why not get a New York State fishing license (you can print it immediately online) and spend the day fishing!

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

Chimney Bluffs State Park – Wolcott

Created by glacier till, the rock formations resembling chimneys at the state park are among the most unique landscape features seen along Lake Ontario. Visitors to Chimney Bluffs State Park in Wolcott, about an hour from Rochester, can view the formations up-close or from the lakeshore. In either case, the view is spectacular. Head off on one of the park’s trails during your visit and enjoy a day in nature as you explore among the tall trees and beautiful views. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a meal while you explore Chimney Buffs State Park.

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Corning, NY

Corning is home to outstanding museums and attractions on the southern edge of the Finger Lakes region.

The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the history and science of glass. Visit the galleries showcasing beautiful pieces of glass artwork. Some of the best glass blowers in the world will create art pieces while you watch during live presentations. During your visit, try your hand at glass blowing, as classes are offered daily.

Norman Rockwell continues to be considered one of the best folk artists in American history. The New York native created more than 320 illustrations for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. While best-known for this work, Rockwell also created illustrations for the Boy Scouts of America’s magazine and other outlets. The museum’s exhibits include his illustrations and the studio he worked in, as well as other items, including his archives.

Known for its outstanding shops and boutiques, a visit to the Gaffer District is a must when visiting Corning. The five-block historical area is home to excellent restaurants and bars. I adore the Gaffer District – from the great resteraunts, to the glass works to the art galleries and shoppes, this area really has it all!

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

The Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region, known for its outstanding vineyards and wineries, is about an hour southeast of Rochester. The perfect location for a day’s visit, you can take in culture, history, nature and enjoy excellent food and wine during the trip.

With so many wineries and vineyards in the area, Finger Lakes is home to three wine trails. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail may be the best-known of the three. Founded in 1986, it’s the largest in New York. With a history of winemaking dating back to the mid-1800s, the region saw a resurgence with new vineyards in the 1970s. Today, wines produced from grapes grown in the Finger Lakes region are considered among the best in the world.

A drive around any of the lakes, including Seneca, Canandaigua and Cayuga, are among the prettiest drives you can take anywhere. Check out some of the trails along the way, waterfalls, and New York State Parks, as well as visiting the shops and boutiques in communities like Watkins Glen and Seneca Falls.

More Finger Lakes Winery Information

(because I’ve spent lots of time there, and bought even more!

Estate Wineries on Seneca Lake
West Side of Seneca Lake
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If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Niagara Falls, NY

Located less than a two-hour drive west of Rochester, Niagara Falls (New York and Ontario) provide a perfect getaway. Of course, with the world-famous Falls flowing into the Niagara River, you can enjoy the view from either side of the border, standing feet away on the American side with a walk through the Niagara State Park.

The Canadian side offers a great view of the Horseshoe Falls with a large observation area.

If you want to get a water level view of Niagara Falls, take a tour about the Maid of the Mist (USA side), which takes poncho-wearing visitors as close as possible to the Falls. The mist from the Falls will greet you as the boat floats toward the basin of the horseshoe. Before revving its engines and heading back to the dock. If you truly want to get within a hands-reach, visit the Cave of the Winds. Wearing a poncho, you will ride the elevator down to a series of wooden stairs where you climb down Niagara Gorge, enjoying the spray of the falls while enjoying a close-up look at one of the wonders of the world.

While you are visiting the area, check out additional fun activities, such as the zipline to the Falls. Traveling about a mile across the falls more than 200 feet above the water, riders on the four ziplines reach a speed up to 40 mph (70 kph). If you are in the mood to speed on the river, enjoy a speed boat tour on the Niagara Gorge, speeding upriver as water flows overhead drenching you and your travel buddies.

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

For even more ideas, check out this post: 365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY

Six Flags Darien Lake Theme Park – Darien Center

The region’s premier theme park, Six Flags Darien Lake is about an hour drive from Rochester, perfect for a day at the park. With rides for every member of the family – from thrill rides for teens and adults to child rides – you can easily plan to spend a day the Darien Lake attraction.

For people who love pushing themselves to the limit, Six Flags is ready to accommodate. Roller coaster fans will enjoy riding the Boomerang. Taking riders on the ride of their lives, this roller coaster moves fast and in all directions. Immediately dropping 125 feet and completing three loops, then doing it again…backwards. The 90-second ride will flip you and send you in all directions. This is not a ride for the faint hearted. The Boomerang is just one of a dozen thrill rides guaranteed to challenge you.

With nearly 20 family-style rides, Six Flags Darien Lake will allow for some quality family time on attractions like the Scrambler, Corn Popper or the Giant Wheel. Take a ride together on the Grizzly Run, featuring a circular raft traveling along a tamed-down version of whitewater rafting. While it may not be a Class III rapid, you will get wet on the Grizzly Run.

Looking for a safer ride for the younger members of the group? Then, head over to rides such as Bucky’s Barrels, Critter Chase or the Darien Lake Railway children’s train.

Six Flags offers several family-oriented entertainment shows throughout your visit. Grab a family meal at any of the concession areas.
During warmer weather, the park also has a water park featuring eight water attractions.

If you are going for a concert and not staying on the premises, check out hotel accomodations here: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Syracuse, NY

Just down the road (well, the I-90) from Rochester, Syracuse is home to the Syracuse University Orange college programs, featuring great football and basketball games.

It is also home to excellent outdoor activities, such as Highland Forest, where you can enjoy a hike among some of the most attractive scenery in Upstate New York, as well as joining a horseback riding tour. Visit Rosamund Griffin Zoo and see more than 700 animals, with many available at indoor exhibits.
History and architecture enthusiasts will enjoy self-guided tours of unique designs like the Niagara Mohawk Building (aka Niagara Hudson Building) and the Weighlock Building, which is home to the Erie Canal Museum.

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

Watertown, NY

A trip to the 1000 Islands area is full of history and fun. While in Watertown, which is about 2 ½ hours northeast of Rochester, visit the historic Burrville Cider Mill. Built in 1801, the mill is a perfect spot during the fall for apple cider and donuts. While in the mood to tour historical sites, the Jefferson County Historical Society is housed in a 19th century mansion that once belonged to the Paddock family. Featuring family heirlooms and memorabilia, as well as exhibits from the Victorian era and other periods, this museum also includes a log cabin, one-room schoolhouse, and garden. The Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library includes rooms decorated in historical style while housing books and more. Tours are available upon request.

If you prefer a day of outdoor adventure, Watertown is a great spot to visit. With ziplines, whitewater rafting, and nature trails available, you can spend all day exploring without stepping foot indoors.

However, if the family seeks a slower mode of day trip, visit the Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy, a 32-acre zoo showcasing animals native to New York, such as elk, black bears, river otters and bald eagles. Old McDonald’s Farm encourages people to get up-close to more than 200 farm animals at the petting zoo. While there, take a hayride around the farm.

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Watkins Glen, NY

Home to professional auto racing, Watkins Glen International Raceway hosts both NASCAR and Formula One-style competitions. The racetrack has played an integral role in auto racing for more than half a century. Visit the International Motor Racing Research Center to learn about the history of racing and the role Watkins Glen has played.

Watkins Glen State Park offers a beautiful nature experience as one of the best parks in the New York. During a two-mile hike, you’ll travel down 400 feet, taking in majestic views of waterfalls and cliffs. Named as one of the best parks in the country by USA Today readers, hiking trails take you over and under waterfalls as you discover amazing views of the gorge.

Take a cruise around Seneca Lake on a Captain Bill’s cruise ship. Founded in 1963, the tour company continues to be one of the Finger Lakes’ most popular lake cruises. Captain Bill’s offers daily tour cruises, as well as dinner and special occasion ventures.

As part of the Finger Lakes region, you will find great resteraunts and wineries in the area- And bakeries! We have visited some delicious bakeries while in Watkins Glen – as well as outstanding local shops and boutiques.

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

While Rochester offers its fair share of attractions, such as the George Eastman Museum (of Eastman-Kodak camera fame) and Seneca Park Zoo, sometimes you just need to getaway and take a break from your area. In that case, Rochester is centrally located to offer some great day trip options, from Niagara Falls to the history of auto racing and areas for great wine. As you venture out for the day, have a great time.


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Visiting The Buffalo Zoo

Visiting the Buffalo Zoo is a fun time wrapped in an educational experience. Bring the whole family to enjoy the many animal exhibits and interactive displays. The Buffalo Zoo also offers specific field trip, educational opportunities and tours.



Visiting the Buffalo Zoo is a fun time wrapped in an educational experience. Bring the whole family to enjoy the many animal exhibits and interactive displays. The Buffalo Zoo also offers specific field trip, educational opportunities, and tours.

Visiting The Buffalo Zoo

Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United States. Open year-round; the Buffalo Zoo welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors each calendar year. Located on 23.5 acres in Buffalo’s Delaware Park, the Zoo’s emphasis today is on increasing awareness of the importance of conservation to the benefit of both animals and humans.



Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


When I originally wrote this post in 2014, the Buffalo Zoo was in a state of flux. The Arctic exhibit was not open (see the polar bear above), there weren’t any robotic dinasours, the baby rhino had not yet been born (the baby rhino is now out and about)… but there were (and are) big plans, and you could see the changes happening!

The Buffalo Zoo is located within Delaware Park – which is part of the Olmstead Park system. The Zoo is 23.5 acres within the 375 acre park, and, the zoo is never going to get any bigger. So, the Zoo must make do with the space they have, picking and choosing which animals they can comfortably house.

The Elephants are now gone. There is an elephant retirement community at the New Orleans Zoo, so that is where they now roam. It is more room and the elephants will be well taken care of in their old age.

Last year, Hubby and I decided to expand our charitable contributions to give to the Buffalo Zoo. So, I made a donation that is in the Leadership Tier, and thought nothing of it. A few weeks later, I recieved an email from the Director of Development thank me for our contribution, and offering us a private tour if we would like.

This spring, I emailed her to take advantage of the offer, and a few weeks ago, my two nieces, and their children (my grandniece and grandnephew) and I went to visit the Buffalo Zoo on a perfectly glorious summer morning.

Because the little ones are only two years old, the tour was short and sweet, and geared to a 2-year-old’s attention span.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


We first stopped at the otters. They were swimming and playing, but one of the zoo staff was kind enough to come over and feed them so the kids could enjoy the “show”.

The only fly in that ointment was when my grandniece wanted the fish to toss in. LOL Fortunately, she is short and a quick move to hide the fish tray behind the zoo employee’s back solved that request.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Our next stop was a real hit!! We wandered over to the giraffe house to feed them leaves.

The building they are in is also the vet hospital at the zoo, where the animals are housed when they arrive (for 30 days), and where their feed is kept. It smelled like a barn!

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


While there were three giraffes in the area waiting for us, only A.J. and her “baby” Sampson were interested in being hand-fed.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


The zoo keeper at the giraffe house had a five gallon bucket full of leaves for us to hand feed the giraffes. I wasn’t interested, and neither was my grandnephew, but my grandniece? Wow, they could hire her as an employee! She loved it.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Once that was done, we went over to the building where they house the walking exhibit animals, and zoomobile animals. These are the animals that are very calm, and used to little ones.

The kids loved seeing the sloth, turtles, owls, and more behind the scenes.

And then we were done.

Since those animals were living in the other side of the gorilla house, we decided to see what was up with the gorillas. But, toddlers being toddlers, the kids were more interested in the big fish tank in front of the exhibit. At that point, we decided it was prpbably time to leave.

You can book a tour at the zoo even if you are not a members. Simply click the experiences page to decide what best suits your needs, and contact the Buffalo Zoo.

Below is the original post I wrote back in 2014 about the Buffalo Zoo. It is interesting to see the changes!

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Our first stop in the Buffalo Zoo (after the bug house… ewww) was at the Western Lowland Gorilla Habitat.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


This little cutie was having a great day! Nyah was born on September 4, 2013 to parents Lily and Koga. When we first arrived, she was along for the ride …

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


… but quickly got off to go exploring on her own.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


She certainly is inquisitive ….

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


… and Mom was keeping a close eye so she didn’t get hurt! You could practically hear the, “Come HERE! I said NOW!!”

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Dad seemed content to let Mom be the bad-guy.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


One of the other gorillas was having a fine time playing on the tires and bars.

We left the gorilla habitat and wandered around a bit after that.

The Buffalo Zoo Polar Bear


The Buffalo Zoo’s Arctic Edge is being built for the Polar Bears, so they are sharing outdoor space with the Tigers – but not at the same time!!

The Buffalo Zoo Polar Bear


As luck would have it, when we exited the Gorilla Habitat there was a water war of sorts going on in the pool. Not sure which bear won.

The Buffalo Zoo Polar Bear


The Buffalo Zoo Polar Bear


The Buffalo Zoo Polar Bear


There was some canon-ball activity after the pool fight!

Buffalo Zoo African Lions


Buffalo Zoo African Lions


In the next enclosure, are the African Lions.

Buffalo Zoo African Lions


He is surveying his kingdom!

Buffalo Zoo African Lions


She looks asleep in this photograph but just a few minutes before I took the picture she was awake and swatting at something that buzzed bye!

Buffalo Zoo Chameleon


This lady had a chameleon on a stick. That chameleon really did blend in! She was telling us that the reptile house at the Buffalo Zoo was designed by Marlin Perkins while he was the curator of the Buffalo Zoo. I must admit, I never knew he was the Zoo’s curator for a time – the jokes I make about Marlin Perkins being right at home in the Buffalo area were due to Wild Kingdom fame. How ironic that he really was at home here!

Buffalo Zoo Zebra


There were a buncha Zebras wandering around their enclosure.

Buffalo Zoo Bison


I only saw two Bison. One was eating, the other was shedding.

Buffalo Zoo Giraffe


I am surprised those trees have any leaves left on them the way that Giraffe (in the background) was attacking them! The other one looked like s/he was looking for bugs in the grass.

One of the animals we didn’t get to see was the rhino. She had a good excuse though, She had just had a baby!

My camera was giving me trouble starting with the Giraffes. I missed the otters, the elephants, and none of my photographs of the other animals that I took from behind the glass or fencing came out well enough to share.

Hubby and I spent about 90 minutes in the zoo. I think you would need about 3 hours to see it all if you were not a frequent visitor. We skipped quite a bit.

The Buffalo Zoo is much reduced in animals from when I was a kid, heck from when Sonny-boy was a kid! This is in conjunction with their learning and breeding programs.

I hadn’t been to the Buffalo Zoo in close to 15 years, and was surprised that they took away, what used to be, a very good flow from one exhibit to the next by blocking off areas, and closing some of the houses. Also there is a lot of renovation going on, chiefly with the bears. Not only is the Arctic Edge being constructed, but the old bear caves are blocked off. This means you can’t flow from the Giraffe house to the exit cleanly. Just something to be aware of if you have not been there in a while.

Admission is $13.95 for adults, $10.95 for for children 2-12, and you can apply your admission to costs for up to 30 days to the cost of a yearly pass. The Buffalo Zoo also has a reciprocal list to various other Zoos and Aquariums in the United States and Canada.

You might also like my 365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY post!


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2019 July 4th Fireworks Displays in Buffalo and Western New York

2019 July 4th Fireworks Displays in Buffalo and Western New York. If you are looking for fireworks displays in Buffalo, NY, Niagara Falls, NY or in the Western New York area, here is the complete list including dates and times.


2019 July 4th Fireworks Displays in Buffalo and Western New York

Independence Day is Thursday, July 4, 2019, in the United States, and as part of our national celebrations, fireworks displays are happening in many communities across the United States! If you are looking for fireworks displays in Buffalo, NY, Niagara Falls, NY or in the Western New York area, here is the complete list including dates and times.

It is that time again! Time for Independence Day fireworks displays in Western New York! Here is a list of fireworks displays in Erie County, Niagara County and Western New York for 2019.

If you are looking for something to do before or after the Independence Day 2019 fireworks displays in Buffalo and Western New York, check out my list of 365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY which encompasses the eight counties of Western New York! Next time the kids say “There’s nothing to do” pull out this list and have a great time!

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Please note that some of the 2019 Independence Day Fireworks Displays actually take place on July 3rd or the weekend after the 4th of July in 2019. I have linked to the town (and city) websites so you can check out the source if the information yourself. I cannot be responsible for any municipalities that change their minds or change dates and time. And, I am definitely not responsible for the weather. Some of the towns and cities have listed raindates; some have not. Give a call to your local city hall or town council in advance of the 4th if you are worried about rain (and this year, who isn’t? I’m thinking about building an ark in my backyard).

Fireworks Displays in Buffalo, NY and Western New York

Prior to July 3rd
Note: many of these are fireworks displays occur several times prior to July 4th

Niagara Falls, NY Fireworks Display
Launched from within the Niagara Gorge, enjoy 114 incredible fireworks displays over Niagara Falls this summer. Each fireworks display takes place at 10 p.m. and subject to weather conditions like high winds.

July 3, 2019 Fireworks Displays in Buffalo, NY and Western New York

Be certain to check the list above for “before” the 3rd of July as many of the events are multi-day events including the 4th of July, 2019.

Angola, NY Fireworks this is also Town of Evans Fireworks
STROHS is proud to announce, THE FIREWORKS ARE ON FOR JULY 3rd!!!
Here is the announcement from the Town of Evans for parking: 4th of July Road Closires

Aurora, NY Fireworks Display (10pm, July 3rd 10pm)
East Aurora
Hamlin Park
(Rain date for fireworks is July 4. All other activities will be canceled. )

• Buffalo, NY Fireworks Display
Coca-Cola Field
The Bisons have announced that this year’s show has been completely re-designed to create an all new ‘Fireworks Experience!’
(Largest Fireworks Show of the Season after the Bison game, July 3rd)

Cheektowaga, NY Fireworks Display (Dusk, July 3rd)
Cheektowaga Town Park
Note: they uploaded the wrong image, Cock Robin is playing at the park on July 3rd

Cuba Lake Fireworks
The Cuba Lake fireworks are on July 3 at 10 pm

Hartland, NY and Gasport, NY (Royalton too) Fireworks Display (dusk, July 3rd)
8945 Ridge Rd, Gasport, NY 14067-9487

Newfane, NY – Olcott, NY 2019 Fireworks Display (10pm, July 3rd)
Fireworks Over Lake Ontario
Fireworks over Lake Ontario – Best viewed from Lake Ontario Shoreline, Krull Park, and Olcott
6054 East Main Street
Widely renowned as the most spectacular firework display in the lake region! Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and eat in the park, or in one of our local eateries! View from Krull Park or a boat as we launch the fireworks from the West Pier!

Town of Tonawanda, NY Fireworks Display
Fireworks presented by Young Explosives at 10pm Wednesday, July 3 (rain date Friday, July 5)

Silver Creek Fireworks Display July 3rd
Silver Creek Fireman’s Club, Jackson St, Silver Creek, NY 14136

July 4, 2019 Fireworks Displays in Buffalo, NY and Western New York

Akron, NY Fireworks Display (10pm, July 4th)
Veteran’s Park – Buell Street

Amherst, NY 2019 Fireworks Displays:

I couldn’t find them on websites, so I went to the Amherst Town Council Minutes for the permits:

Amherst, NY Fireworks Display
The July 4, 2019 fireworks 9:45 to 10:45 pm
A rain date will be announced.
University of Buffalo
over Lake LaSalle
North Campus
Flint Entrance & Maple Rd

The information about the UB permit can be found here. It is a 22 page document. The information pertinent to the fireworks display is here (page 12).

Country Club of Buffalo
250 Youngs Road, Amherst, NY July 4, 2019, at dusk
Park Country Club
4949 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY July 4th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Transit Valley Country Club
8920 Transit Road, Amherst, NY July 4, 2019, at dusk

Andover, NY Fireworks Display (Dusk, July 4th)

Bemus Point Fourth of July Fireworks Display
Jul 04, 2019
Bemus Point, Village of Bemus Point, Bemus Point, NY 14712

Boston, NY Independence Day Fireworks Display
Thursday, July 4, 2019 after sunset
Come down to Town Hall for the annual Independence Day Fireworks Display!

Buffalo, NY Fireworks Display
Canal Side

City of Tonawanda, NY Fireworks 2019
09:40 pm
Tonawanda Island

Clarence, NY Fireworks Display
(July 4th at 10pm)
Clarence Town Park

• Town of Concord Fireworks Display/ Village of Springville Fireworks Display
Thu, July 4, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – click on the 4th of July on the Village of Springville’s calendar
Town of Concord Community Park 12779 Buffalo Rd, Concord
Band-Jim Brucato, Nick Kody, Lydia Herren, Doug Yeomans. Fireworks!!!

Dunkirk, NY Fireworks Display (Dusk, July 4th, 2019)
Memorial Park
Lake Shore Drive
Dunkirk, NY website

Findley Lake, NY Fireworks Display
July 4, 2019, 10pm – north end of the lake
Main Street
Findley Lake NY 14736

Grand Island, NY Fireworks Display
July 4 – 7, 2019 *Fireworks subject to weather (because we have had so, so, SO much rain this year, I suspect they are being smart with this caveat)
Fireworks each night
Martin’s Fantasy Island
2400 Grand Island Blvd

Lakewood, NY Fireworks Display
Summerfest – Annual 4th of July Celebration – 4th of July – Rain or shine!

Lancaster, NY Fireworks Display (10pm, July 4th)
Location: Save-A-Lot Parking Lot (10 Aurora Street)
Street Closings: The following list of streets for Wednesday, July 4th @ 12:00 noon until 5:00 pm for the PARADE:
– Central Avenue between St. Joseph & Broadway
– Pleasant Avenue

Lockport, NY Fireworks Display
Wow, Lockport really updated their website this year. They have a great write up for the parade on the 3rd, and the fireworks on the 4th.
Fireworks Timing:
• 7:30 p.m. Pine, Lock, Gooding and Ontario streets close for fireworks viewing
• 9:30 p.m. Fireworks begin
• 10:30 p.m. Closed streets reopen to traffic

Mayville Fireworks Display (10pm, July 4th)
Lakeside Park
Route 394
Mayville NY 14757
The Chautauqua County Celebration- 10 AM Parade followed by activities, events, food and live music at Lakeside Park. At 10 PM, a huge fireworks display and the annual tradition of flares around the lake.

Newstead – this is part of the Akron/Newstead fireworks.

Niagara Falls, NY Fireworks Display
Enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks over Niagara Falls during the summer season featuring a new, expanded schedule with over 100 firework shows. All performances begin at 10 p.m. and are free.

North Tonawanda, NY Fireworks 2019
09:40 pm
Tonawanda Island

Olean, NY Fireworks Display (Dusk, July 4th, 2019)
OPFFA Firework Celebration,
Olean, Bradner Stadium

Orchard Park, NY Fireworks Display (9:30-11pm, July 4, 2019)
Orchard Park Middle School Campus, 60 South Lincoln Avenue
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Here is the parade info

• Village of Springville Fireworks Display/Town of Concord Fireworks Display
Thu, July 4, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – click on the 4th of July on the Village of Springville’s calendar
Town of Concord Community Park 12779 Buffalo Rd, Concord
Band-Jim Brucato, Nick Kody, Lydia Herren, Doug Yeomans. Fireworks!!!

Wheatfield, NY Fireworks Display (dusk, July 4th)
Oppenheimer Park

Fireworks Displays in Buffalo, NY and Western New York After July 4th

Ellicotville Fireworks Display – Summer Music Fest. Saturday, July 7, 2019
After the Buffalo Philharmonic concert. Cost per ticket is $35 each, children under 12 are free. “As always, 12 and under are free to both concerts.”

Grand Island, NY Fireworks Display
July 4 – 7, 2019 *Fireworks subject to weather (because we have had so, so, SO much rain this year, I suspect they are being smart with this caveat)
Fireworks each night
Martin’s Fantasy Island
2400 Grand Island Blvd

Town of Niagara Fireworks Display
Saturday, July 6th, 2019
The Town of Niagara’s Independence Day celebration was our largest attended event last year! This day is complete with an all-day band line-up, family activities, and an amazing fireworks display.
Veteran’s Memorial Community Park
located at 7000 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls 14305

Varysburg Fireworks Display
Our fireworks are truly a unique experience and take place on Saturday night only. (July 13, 2019)
1629 US 20A

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