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4th of July

Buffalo’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Canalside

Enjoy a day full of activities (from 2 – 11 pm) with your family! 10 pm Fireworks!

Cheektowaga 4th of July Parade and Celebration at the Town Park

Annual Independence Day Parade from Walden Ave to Cheektowaga Town Park down Harlem Road.


Dunkirk Independence Day Celebration

Live music, food vendors, ample space for people to sit, and a beautiful view of the lake. Free parking is available on the street and in nearby parking lots.


Elma Fireworks

Elma’s Fourth of July Fireworks display is at dusk on July 4th at the Boys & Girls Club on Girdle Road.  Parking available at the Iroquois School lots.


Grand Island Independence Day FUN!

9 a.m. Annual Dick Bessel Independence Day Run, Kids Run, and Parade along GI Blvd.
Fireworks at Martin’s Fantasy Island at dusk after water park closes. Grand Island residents may enter the Park for Fireworks at 9 p.m. with proof of residence. Anyone may purchase discounted admission for the whole day, with special activities, and stay for the fireworks.


Lakewood July 4th Summerfest

Celebrate Independence Day in Lakewood with fun activities along Chautauqua Avenue and Fireworks at Hartley Park!


Lakewood Y Firecracker 10K & 2 Mile Run/Walk

Annual Fourth of July 10 K race on beautiful Lake Chautauqua.   The race starts with a day of celebration at Richard Hartley Park and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display.


Mayville July 4th Celebration

The Chautauqua County Celebration – 10 am a parade followed by activities, events, food and live music at Lakeside Park. At 10 pm, a massive fireworks display and the annual tradition of flares around the lake.


Niagara Falls State Park Fireworks

Shows begin at 10 pm, so grab your chair or blanket and head for Niagara Falls State Park – then sit back and enjoy the show!


Olcott Patriot’s Parade

12:30 p.m., Olcott. This parade is nostalgic, patriotic and fun! Dress up in red, white, and blue, and decorate your bikes and wagons. Meet at Krull Park Main St. by noon and march to Olcott Beach Carousel Park. Free ice cream and ride ticket for participants.


City of Olean

City Set For A BOOMING FOURTH! Bradner Stadium gates open at 5:30 PM. The fireworks organized by the Olean Professional Firefighters Association, OPFFA. The 2016 Fireworks Celebration will be a fun-filled evening of great music, mouth-watering food, family entertainment and socializing culminating with a spectacular fireworks show at dusk.

Coolers and packages carried into the stadium will be checked for security reasons. In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be scheduled for the next clear night.

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Canalside Buffalo
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Niagara Falls State Park
Delaware Park
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Delaware Park

Fun Crafts

Patriotic Coffee Filter Wreath

Arts and crafts are a great way to let your inner child come out while doing something fun with your children. Art doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Art is an expression, and you certainly do not need to know how to draw perfect to express yourself through art. With a little time, patience and creativity, you will find that ordinary everyday items can be turned into a beautiful piece of art.

I found while doing this, that I wanted to rush so I can get it up on our site. The more I rushed, the more things started to go wrong. It wasn’t until I slowed myself down that everything fell into place. I noticed that it resembled life in a way. As I was doing this project, I found that when I pressed too hard, the coffee filter did not “stick,” but when I took the time to gently but firmly push the filter into the wreath and worked with it as I want along, I got better results. When one filter came loose, I gently put it back in its place as I went along with the other colors.  I had to take my time and have patience. Have fun with it, and take your time. Let the child know, that they need to go slow, and work with it. You may even need to come back to it. The lesson here is to slow down… I think we all deserve at least that!

All of the below items can be purchased at the dollar store, Walmart, or you may even have some of these items already. One wreath cost me LESS than $5.00

What you will need:

  1. 1- 10” foam wreath
  2. Dull pencil
  3. 60 Coffee filters
  4. Watercolor paint, Kool-Aid or food coloring. Whatever you have to color the coffee filter red and blue.



Prepare your coffee filters for dipping by taking 2 bowls or paper plates like I did.  Add about 1/4 cup of water and enough paint or dye to turn the color of the water blue and then in your next container do the same for the red.

Dip 20 of the coffee filters in the red dye and 20 in the blue dye.

Let dry completely


Dried Filter

After they are dry, the color will lighten a bit. You may also have some darker spots than others, and that’s ok.

With your pencil and foam wreath close by, take a white coffee filter and bunch it up.  With the wreath laying flat, take your pencil and gently start to press the coffee filter into the foam. You may have to push the coffee filter in around several areas to get it to stay. Work your way around the wreath. It should take 20 white filters to go all the way around.

Repeating the same steps, start to push your red coffee filters on the top and then your blue in the center.  And you’re done!