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Fireworks Displays In WNY

Here's a listing of the fireworks displays around Western New York

If you have one to add, please e-mail newsroom@wben.com

July 3

Akron:  Newstead Town Park ,10:00pm
Buffalo: Coca-Cola Field after Bisons game & BPO concert
East Aurora: Hamlin Park 10pm
Jamestown:  Dietrick  Park after Jammers' game
Salamanca: Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel 9:30pm
Silver Creek: Borrello Park dusk

July 4

Amherst: UB North Campus Baird Point 10pm
Batavia: Dwyer Stadium after game
Bemus Point: Midway State Park 10pm
Boston: Town Park, 10 pm
Buffalo: Canalside, dusk
Buffalo: Riverside Park dusk
Cheektowaga: Town Park dusk
Darien:  Lake Amusement Park dusk
Depew: Fireman's Park 10pm
Dunkirk: Memorial Park dusk
East Amherst:  Transit Valley Country Club dusk
Ellicottville: Rodeo Grounds,  10pm
Ellicottville: Holiday Valley 10pm
Elma: Boys & Girls Club (Opposite HS) dusk
Grand Island: Fantasy Island, dusk
Hamburg: Brierwood Golf Club, 10pm
Hamburg: Wanakah Country Club, 10pm
Hamburg: Woodlawn Beach, dusk
Lancaster (Village): Sav-A-Lot Parking Lot, Pleasant Ave. 10 pm
Lakewood: Hartley Park, 10pm
Lewiston: Artpark, dusk
Lockport: Outwater Park, dusk
Mayville: Lakeside Park, 10pm
Newstead:  Newstead Town Park ,10:00pm
Niagara Falls: Hyde Park, 9:30pm
Niagara Falls, Ontario: Queen Victoria Park, dusk
North Tonawanda: Niawanda Park, 9:40pm
Olean: Bradner Stadium, 9:30pm
Orchard Park: OP Middle School, dusk
Pendleton: Town Park, 10pm
Royalton: Royalton Ravine Park, 10pm
Springville:  Town Park 10pm
Tonawanda:  Niawanda Park , 9:40pm
Wheatfield: Oppenheim Park, 9:30pm
Little Valley:  Speedway dusk/after final race
Niagara Falls Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, dusk
Varysburg: Buffalo Hill Village, after concert

July 5

Niagara Falls: Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, 9:30pm

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The Fourth of July won't have a patriotic boom in the sky over some military bases because budget cuts and furloughed workers also mean furloughed fireworks.

In Boston, they are beefing up security after last April's Boston Marathon bombings were originally slated to be an attack on that city's Fourth of July Celebrations. And in New York City, they are trying out a brand new smiley face firework that will explode into the sky.

  Massachusetts police are beefing up security for Boston's Fourth of July celebration, the first major public gathering since the Boston Marathon bombings.

Police are encouraging the public to attend the traditional music and fireworks show on the Charles River Esplanade, and say people shouldn't have safety concerns.

State Police Col. Timothy Alben says more video camera surveillance and more uniformed and undercover officers will be in place. Authorities will do bag searches and activate a text-a-tip line so people can pass on information about anything suspicious.

Backpacks are among the items authorities will prohibit along the Esplanade. Items also will be restricted after 4 p.m. in the Hatch Memorial Shell area, where the Boston Pops and others perform.

The April 15 bombings killed three people and injured more than 260

Independence Day celebrations have been canceled at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and at the Army's Fort Bragg, both in North Carolina. The annual July Fourth celebration also has been scrapped at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga.

The reason is money - namely the lack of it.

The failure in Washington to follow up a 2011 budget pact with additional spending cuts meant $85 billion across-the-board cuts that began in March. Budgets tightened, the military took a major hit and many federal workers absorbed pay cuts through forced furloughs.

When the decision was made to forgo fireworks at Camp Lejeune, the commanding general, Brig. Gen. Thomas Gorry, said the cancellation would "ensure that we can mitigate the fiscal challenges we are currently facing."

Last year's Independence Day at the base cost about $100,000, including $25,000 for the fireworks. The big issue is paying the overtime to personnel for security, transportation, logistics and safety. Base officials said they couldn't justify paying overtime when federal workers are losing pay while furloughed.

"It's just a bummer for the kids," said Brandy Rhoad Stowe, the wife of a gunnery sargeant staioned at s at Camp Lejeune, and the mother of 3 and 9 year old children. "  "It's like the Grinch stealing Christmas."

Marines and their families at Lejeune will instead be able to participate in some free activities - golf, bowling, skeet shooting, archery and movies.

Other bases that are canceling ceremonies to mark the nation's birthday:

-Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, where the annual Jammin' July 4th put on by the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw and local city and county officials has been scrapped. The base plans a smaller "freedom bash" on July 3 with pool games, face painting and bouncy castles.

-The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, which is scaling back by canceling the fireworks and instead hosting a daytime celebration featuring the Pacific Fleet Band and the Air Force Band of the Pacific.

-New Jersey's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

  A happy face with a wink exploding over New York City will be part of Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks 2013 - the nation's biggest display.

 That's one of the spectacles being prepared to light up the sky on Thursday. Forty thousand shells were being loaded onto four barges in the city's Staten Island borough on Saturday in preparation for the massive celebration.

The exact location is kept secret for security reasons.

The barges will sit on the Hudson River for the show to be seen by an estimated 3 million people watching live in New York and New Jersey, plus millions more on television. Grammy-award winning musician Usher has created the soundtrack.

Show co-designer Gary Souza said organizers have scoured the world to find and purchase the most original new fireworks - from China and Portugal to Spain and Malta.

The theme for this year's 25-minute show is "It Begins With A Spark."

The barges are to be set up on the river between Manhattan's West 24th and 42nd streets, with fireworks shooting about 1,000 feet into the air.

The plans began a year ago in Rialto, Calif., where Souza is part of the current generation of a family that runs Pyro Spectaculars by Souza.

Sixty pyrotechnicians worked on Staten Island all weekend before the holiday to prepare the high-tech digital animation.

This year, two other novelties will be a jellyfish discovered in China that explodes with a whistling sound, and bursting butterflies.

From midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building will play along, showing off its recently upgraded LED lighting along with the fireworks.

Andy Lewis has been volunteering for the fireworks for the past 26 years.

"It's the best show in the world," said the firefighter from Las Vegas as he and the rest of the crew sat in Staten Island under a tent for lunch, enjoying the view of the New York City skyline across New York Harbor.

The first explosions are scheduled to go off at 9:25 p.m. on Thursday.

"It looks like pyrotechnical chaos at first, then it reins itself in," said Souza, looking at the neatly lined up mortar tubes.

And despite every possible precaution taken to ensure safety, "anything can happen," he said. "It's a dangerous business." Each year, he added, his mother has white-knuckled her way through the spectacle.

Safety is paramount, said executive producer Amy Kule.

After that, she said, "it's about how to make it as entertaining as possible, how to make it bigger and better - playing with science and technology."

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