By Elizabeth Riggs

Sure, picnics are nice, but what’s the Fourth of July without some gorgeous fireworks? This year, there’s no better place to kick off the Independence Day festivities than Ellicottville’s Summer Music Festival when the first fairway on Holiday Valley’s double black diamond golf course becomes a concert venue.

Saturday night’s show will kick off with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, which will perform its annual show featuring patriotic fanfare choreographed to fireworks, dance music and some great movie favorites, including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Frozen.”

Sunday night’s performers are Carl Dixon and Grand Funk Railroad. Gates open at 6 p.m. both nights. Music starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday night and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets to either evening can be purchased for $40.

Friday night is also the kickoff of the Stroll the Streets Friday night celebration in Ellicottville. Come out from 5 to 8 p.m. for great events throughout the village, even some music at the gazebo. This is the first Friday night event of the 12-week series planned for 2017.

Here are a few other local festivities:

Ellicottville Rodeo

Thursday, June 29 – Saturday, July 1

Yeeehaw!!  An honest-to-goodness rodeo at the home of the Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street, complete with bronco bustin’, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and stick horse racing for the kids. Each evening show will feature fireworks following the rodeo. Evening shows take place at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m.

Bradford, PA
Sunday, July 2 from 2-3 p.m.
The Twin Tiers Community Band will be performing patriotic and popular music at the historic Crook Farm. Admission is free. Bring your own blankets and chairs. This event is brought to you by the Bradford Landmark Society.

Allegany State Park
Independence Day Celebration
Monday, July 3, 4 p.m.
Grab your lawn chairs and head to the Allegany State Park Quaker Beach area to celebrate our nation’s independence! The fun starts with a chicken barbecue (until sold out) by the Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department. Capping off this fun-filled night will be a spectacular fireworks display over the waters of Quaker Lake! This year, patrons should plan on adjusting their viewing plans as the launch site has been relocated to a field just off ASP 3 at the midpoint of the lake between the Quaker toll booth and the intersection of ASP 3 and Cain Hollow.

City of Olean
Bradner Stadium, East State Street, Olean

Tuesday, July 4
Get ready for a booming Fourth of July! Bradner Stadium gates open at 5:30 PM. Coolers and packages carried into the stadium will be checked for security reasons. In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be scheduled for the next clear night.

Tuesday, July 4, 5 p.m.
This year Springville’s festivities will be held at the town park on July 4th at 5 p.m., kicking off with a performance from Gene Hilts & The Rustic Ramblers, with fireworks to follow.

Little Valley
Tuesday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with the world’s largest demolition derby! The event will feature 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder derbys, both which are competing for a $1000 prize. The night will finish with a fireworks spectacular. This event is presented by JM productions. Tickets are $10 for adults. Children under 8 are free.

Seneca Allegany Casino
777 Seneca Allegany Blvd.

Red, White and Boom
July 7 from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Head out to the casino for a free fireworks extravaganza! The display can be viewed from the top level of the parking garage. For more information visit their website: