Niagara County residents can celebrate Independence Day by simply settling into a lawn chair or onto a blanket to watch all of the action or donning red, white and blue to join it.
Celebrations begin Thursday in Olcott, where a fireworks display is scheduled for 10 p.m. in Krull Park. The best viewing spots will be along the shoreline.
Festivities in Olcott continue Friday with the Patriots Parade. Assemble at noon in Krull Park; wear red, white and blue, and decorate your bikes and wagons.
Participants will march to Olcott Beach Carousel Park, where they will receive a free ride ticket and ice cream. Saturday, kids may bring their report cards to the boardwalk at Lakeview Village Shoppes and receive a free face-painting, then stick around for a free movie.
• Lewiston: Fireworks begin at dusk Friday in Plateau Park, off Eighth Street – adjacent to Artpark. Rain date is Saturday.
• City of Lockport: Fireworks begin at dusk Friday in Outwater Park.
• Niagara Falls: The city’s fireworks display begins at dusk Friday in Hyde Park; the rain date is Saturday.
Also, Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is hosting a fireworks display at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday; its rain date is Sunday.
• North Tonawanda: Fireworks will be set off at dusk Friday at Tonawanda Island. As part of a joint event with the City of Tonawanda, a performance by Sugar & Jazz Orchestra begins at 7 p.m. in Niawanda Park.
• Royalton: The Fourth of July parade begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Hartland Bible Church. Food vendors open at 7 p.m. at Ravine Park, and a children’s movie will be shown at 7:30. A fireworks display at the park starts at 10. Parking opens at 7 p.m. Buses will start running between Ravine Park, Gasport Fire Hall and Terry’s Corners Fire Hall at 7 p.m.