Thousands to head downtown for Independence Day events

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo will be bursting with fun as we celebrate the United States of America’s independence. Thousands of people will be going down to Canalside and downtown to the baseball field this weekend.

Gord Downie and The Sadie’s will be taking the stage at Canalside, Thursday at 6 p.m. Not far from there, a highlight of summer will hit a high note at the ballpark.  At the Bisons Annual Independence Eve celebration, fans can catch a game and then see the Buffalo Philharmonic perform.


Buffalo Bisons Director of Public Relations Brad Bisbing said, “This has really become one of the best Western New York summer traditions, getting the holiday started in July, getting it started early here at the ballpark.”

The BPO plays different music each year at the event. Bisbing explained that the BPO plays music based off what significant anniversaries are happening each year. This year is the 30th anniversary of the movie The Natural, the baseball movie that was filmed in Buffalo, so there will be a musical tribute to that. This is the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing, so they will play his music, and it has also been 50 years since Mary Poppins came out, so there will be some singalongs to Mary Poppins music.

Since 1995, nearly 400,000 fans have celebrated Fourth of July Eve at the ballpark. Like years in the past, each branch of the military will be honored. Current military and those who served are invited to proudly stand during the Armed Forces Salute.

The tops of players’ heads will look a little different Thursday night. Players will wear the new patriotic Stars and Stripes cap from New Era, and fans will also be able to by the hats in the gift shop and online at The proceeds from the cap will go to Welcome Back Veterans.

Independence Eve tickets are $24, on sale right now at or call The Herd at 843-4373 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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