Lyndonville is ready for big July Fourth celebration

Photo by Tom Rivers: A big crowd of people watched the fireworks on July 4, 2018 on the athletic fields at Lyndonville Central School. The fireworks will go off at 10 p.m. on Thursday in one of Western New York’s biggest fireworks shows.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 July 2019 at 12:04 pm

LYNDONVILLE – The Village of Lyndonville, population of about 800 people, will welcome an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 people on Thursday for the annual Fourth of July celebration.

This will be the 45thannual celebration that is organized by the Lyndonville Lions Club.

There are events throughout the day, including a big parade that begins at noon, with the festivities capped by fireworks at 10 p.m.

The Lyndonville fireworks will be at least a half hour. Last year’s show in Lyndonville was the third biggest put on by Young Explosives in a territory stretching from WNY to Vermont and to Pennsylvania, said Wes Bradley, the fireworks chairman.

Only the cities of Rochester and Tonawanda topped Lyndonville. However, those cities tend to send their fireworks straight up. Young Explosives likes the Lyndonville site, where the fireworks can be sent in multiple directions.

The fireworks display costs about $20,000 and Bradley said many businesses, organizations and individuals donate for the fireworks.

“This is easily one of the largest shows in Western New York,” Bradley said today.

The show draws a crowd to the school campus, on Main Street and the near the Yates Community Library. People also park along Mill Road, Marshall Road, Millers Road, Alps Road, and North and South Lyndonville roads to watch the fireworks.

The club’s 35 members organize and run the festival, with help from their families, and some of the Lyndonville sports teams.

Club members have been raising money for the big bash, and have been busy ordering food, setting up tents and parking barriers.

Some highlights in the schedule include:

• Arts & Crafts Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school front lawn with more than 50 vendors.

• Parade at noon with a theme this year of “A Salute to Our Hometown Heroes.”

• Chicken barbecues with baked beans & salt potatoes from 1 to 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

• Concert by Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums, 1:30 p.m.

• WNY Garden Tractor Pull from 1 to 4 p.m. on Housel Avenue

• Parade Awards Presentation at 3 p.m. at information booth

• Concert by the Byrne Brothers at 3 p.m. at Yates Community Library

• The Who Dats in concert at High School parking lot from 7 p.m. until the fireworks.

• Fireworks at 10 p.m.

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