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They’re loud and raucous.

They have a touch of the dangerous – or, at least, the unstuffy and free-wheeling – about them.

And then, of course, they are beautiful.

In a way, fireworks are like America itself.

And, since Buffalo is the most quintessentially American of cities – hard-working and honest, diverse – then fireworks are, in the end, as Buffalo a phenomenon as you’ll find.

We love them.

In this 21st century world – stuffed with iPads and SmartPhones and YouTube videos – you’d think we wouldn’t.

But we do.

Maybe it’s because they make us feel, even for one day in the year, like children again.

And maybe it’s because we see something of our own community – of ourselves, in fact – in their sparkling, glittering display.

With that, we present a list of where you can watch fireworks shows today and on the Fourth of July.

Enjoy. And as you do, think about how it’s not just the sound and the lights and the smoke – it’s the connection they create, for all of us.

TODAY

• Allegany State Park

Quaker Area Beach, dusk. No rain date listed.

• Aurora

Hamlin Park, 10 p.m. Fireworks follow a series of park events that start with soapy foam play with fire truck spray from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., a 7:30 p.m. parade and 8 p.m. stage show with the Crossfire band at the baseball outfield and comedy at the Rotary bandstand. Friday is the rain date for fireworks. All other events will be canceled.

• Buffalo

Coca-Cola Field, Washington and Swan streets, about 9:30 p.m. With Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra following Bisons game.

• Ellicottville

Championship Rodeo, 6819 Sommerville Valley Road, dusk. After the final rodeo event of the evening.

• Hamburg

Woodlawn Beach State Park, 10 p.m. $7 per car gate fee will be charged.

• Olcott

Krull Park, 10 p.m. Best viewing spots will be on the shoreline in the park.

• Silver Creek

George Borrello Park, foot of Jackson Street, dusk. Rain date is Saturday.

• Town of Tonawanda

Kenney Field, northwest corner of Brighton Road and Colvin Boulevard, about 10 p.m. Rain date is Saturday. Preceded by event honoring Korean War veterans and American Legion Band concert.

FRIDAY

• Amherst

Lake Lasalle at University at Buffalo North Campus, 10 p.m. Rain date is Saturday. Concert featuring 23 Skidoo from 7 to 8:15 p.m.; Erie County Wind Ensemble performs from 8:45 to 10 p.m.

• Bemus Point

Floating Stage on Chautauqua Lake, 8 p.m.

• Boston

Boston Town Park, behind the Town Hall, 10 p.m. The Boston Town Band will start playing at 8 p.m.

• Buffalo

Canalside, about 10:15 p.m. A day of activities on land and in the water culminate with a fireworks display.

• Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga Town Park, Harlem Road, dusk. Fireworks follow musical performances at Lions Pavilion that begin at 1 p.m.

• Clarence

Clarence Town Park, dusk. HollowFest Fourth of July Fair.

• Concord/Springville

Concord Town Park on Buffalo Road, dusk. Paul Zittel & Pure Country will play country music starting at 5:30 p.m.

• Dunkirk

Dunkirk Harbor and Pier, Route 5 at Central Avenue, dusk. Free music and events begin at 2 p.m. in Memorial Park.

• Ellicottville

Championship Rodeo, 6819 Sommerville Valley Road, dusk. After the final rodeo event of the evening.

• Elma

Across from Iroquois High School on Girdle Road, dusk.

• Hamburg

Wanakah Country Club, 10 p.m.

• Hamburg

Brierwood Country Club, dusk.

• Lewiston

Plateau Park, off Eighth Street, adjacent to Artpark, dusk, or about 9:45 p.m. Rain date is Saturday.

• Little Valley

Little Valley Speedway/Fairgrounds, dusk. To take place after Championship Demolition Derby at Speedway.

• Lockport

Outwater Park, about 9:30 p.m.

• Mayville

Lakeside Park Route 394, dusk. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Family activities throughout the day

• Niagara Falls

Hyde Park, dusk. Rain date is Saturday at dusk.

• North Tonawanda

Tonawanda Island, North Tonawanda, dusk. Joint cities event begins at 7 p.m. with Sugar & Jazz Orchestra at Niawanda Park, Tonawanda, followed by fireworks.

• Olean

Bradner Stadium, East State Street, 9 p.m.

• Orchard Park

Orchard Park Middle School Campus, 60 S. Lincoln Ave., 9:30 p.m. Fireworks follow 8 p.m. parade on East Quaker Street between Baker Road and the Middle School on South Lincoln.

• Royalton

Royalton Ravine Park, 10 p.m. Parade begins at 6 p.m. at Hartland Bible Church. Food vendors at 7 p.m. in park. Movie at 7:30 p.m.

• Salamanca

Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, about 9:30 p.m. near outdoor parking lot. Rain date is Saturday.

• City of Tonawanda

Tonawanda Island, North Tonawanda dusk. Joint cities event begins at 7 p.m. with Sugar & Jazz Orchestra at Niawanda Park, Tonawanda, followed by fireworks.

SATURDAY

• Ellicottville

Holiday Valley, dusk. After performance of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Part of the Summer Music Festival.

• Ellicottville

Championship Rodeo, 6819 Sommerville Valley Road, dusk. After the final rodeo event of the evening.

• Hamburg

Woodlawn Beach State Park, 10 p.m. $7 Gate fee per car will be charged

• Niagara Falls

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, about 9:40 p.m. Near Sixth Street outdoor parking lot. Rain date July 6.