Fireworks in the Falls Go On as Planned July 4th

City leaders previously announced no display this holiday

Tom Puckett
May 16, 2018 - 12:43 pm

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Niagara Falls, NY (WBEN) After Niagara Falls lawmakers cited budget concerns for not funding the annual July 4th fireworks display, Key Bank and the Niagara Falls Police Athletic League have stepped forward to ensure the event goes on as planned.

Following discussions with Mayor Paul Dyster, KeyBank partnered with the Niagara Police Athletic League to generously donate the $25,000 necessary to cover the cost of the display.

Mayor Dyster said, “Thanks to our partners at KeyBank and Niagara PAL, and their dedication to the communities they serve, a time-honored tradition here in the City of Niagara Falls will continue uninterrupted. We look forward to an evening of celebration as we mark our nation’s independence right in the heart of the City of Niagara Falls!”

“The annual Independence Day Fireworks Display is a summertime tradition in Niagara Falls,” said Gary Quenneville, KeyBank Upstate New York Regional Sales Executive. “KeyBank is proud to provide the funding to continue this event that has been enjoyed by families and neighbors for years. We look forward to a night of fun and excitement in the Falls on July 4th!”

George Ihle, Niagara Police Athletic League Executive Director said, “On behalf of the Niagara Police Athletic League, we are both happy and pleased that Niagara PAL can again serve the Niagara Falls community in helping to continue the fireworks at Hyde Park in partnership with KeyBank.”

Andy Touma, Niagara Falls City Council Chair said, “We are very fortunate to have private partners who are committed to assisting the City of Niagara Falls and its residents with various projects.”

The City of Niagara Falls will serve as co-sponsor of the event, providing necessary police and fire protection. The annual Independence Day Fireworks Display will take place Wednesday July 4th at Hyde Park at dusk.

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