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Friday, July 3, 2015

By +Scott Leffler

There's no lack of activities around East Niagara for the Independence Day weekend. There's three parades, three sets of fireworks and more to enjoy today and Saturday. Plus the Taste of Lockport and Guinness World Records attempt on Sunday.

Lockport's Independence Day Parade will be held at 6 p.m. The parade route will start at the Lockport High School and travel down Locust Street to the City Center. Parade officials expect 52 units, about a dozen more than last year.

Following the parade, Lockort will be treated to the City of Lockport All-Star Jam at 7 p.m. on Elm Street. The free concert offers a beer tent and food vendors available.

Saturday, a Family Fun Day is planned from noon to 3 p.m. at Outwater Park. Part of the city's Sesquicentennial Celebration, the afternoon celebration features free games and bounce houses for the kids. Food vendors will also be on hand. The city's fireworks display will once again be at Outwater Park. The fireworks will be shot off from North Park Junior High School beginning around dusk on Saturday.

The festivities continue on Sunday with the 15th Annual Taste of Lockport at Ida Fritz Park and along Main Street. Taking place from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., attendees will want to be sure to get there for the Guinness World Record attempt at 4:11 p.m. (be there by 3 p.m. to register). The event is two hours longer this year and has more vendors that in past years.

The patriotic fun begins tonight in Olcott with Newfane's annual fireworks over Lake Ontario beginning at 10 p.m. with fireworks being shot off the west pier.

The light spectacular is best viewed from Lake Ontario Shoreline, Krull Park, and Olcott. The mirror image of the fireworks against the waters double the visual pleasure of this show. Boats sailing and motoring along the lake only add to the visual effect.

Saturday brings the annual Patriot's Parade, also in Olcott. The town suggests that you dress up in red, white and blue and decorate your bikes and wagons. Meet at Krull Park overlook in the north park by noon and march to Olcott Beach Carousel Park.

Royalton's festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday with the annual parade starting at the Hartland Bible Church. The parade route will travel east on West Avenue, south on Main Street, east on Park Avenue, north on Central Avenue, east on Maplewood Avenue, north on Mack Avenue, west on East Avenue, north on Central Avenue, then west on State Street back to the church.

That will leave plenty of time to get to Royalton Ravine Park before the 10 p.m. fireworks, which you might want to do with all the festivities planned for the park. For those who don't want to fight for parking, buses will run from Terry's Corners Fire Hall and Gasport Fire Hall at 7 p.m. Once at the park, there are food vendors beginning at 7, a children's movie at 7:30, and music from 23 Ski Doo (7 p.m.) and Jonesie & The Firecrackers at 8 p.m.

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