Independence Day in Niagara Falls

Independence Day in Niagara Falls

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776.   Today, Independence Day means family getaways, backyard bbq’s, and a whole lot of partying!

Independence Day is a reason to get away, let loose and have fun! Just across the border from Niagara Falls, USA is the “Street of Fun by the Falls”, Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Canada.  With attractions, games, dining and entertainment, you are guaranteed to have a great time no matter what age you are.  Everything is open early and closes in the wee hours of the morning, so you won’t have to miss out on any good times.

One of the main events people come to see in Niagara Falls for Independence Day is the Holiday Fireworks Display.  Check out previous years displays, and if you notice the 175 foot giant wheel in the background known as the Niagara SkyWheel, it is a great spot to get amazing views of the fireworks!

Other attractions you will find to entertain you for Independence Day on Clifton Hill is the Dinosaur Adventure Golf — a 36 hole prehistoric miniature golf adventure featuring 2 distinct 18 hole courses to choose from — T-Rex Trek, which is a family fun adventure OR Raptor Run, a challenging course for your competitive streak! Here you can enjoy a relaxing tropical setting, complete with a 50 foot tall volcano and waterfall! Just watch out for the towering dinosaurs that come complete with sound effects!

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The Wild West Coaster, features an exciting 6D rollercoaster, and of course all the games you can imagine at the Great Canadian Midway! All these attractions mentioned are included in one of the best package deals within Niagara Falls, Canada — the Clifton Hill Fun Pass.

This pass features the Niagara SkyWheel, Dinosaur Adventure Golf OR  Wizard’s Golf (an indoor 18 hole glow-in-the-dark magical, fantasy adventure), the Wild West Coaster, tokens to play in the Great Canadian Midway, the Movieland Wax Museum and the Ghost Blasters Dark Ride.

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This entire package is only $25.95 for Adults and $19.95 for Children and if you purchase it online, the value is incredible at more than half off the individual retail prices, as you will receive two Niagara SkyWheel admissions as a bonus. Click the image below for details:

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Independence Day Events

Concerts and Fireworks:

Join us this Monday, July 4th for a FREE Coca-Cola concert at the Queen Victoria Stage at 8:00 pm. This year, enjoy the sounds of “Wednesdays Engine”. The group is a 5-piece pop, rock and dance band with a great set list and a unique and refreshing take on popular covers. Then, stick around at 10:00 pm for an amazing fireworks show put on by the Niagara Parks.

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*Photo Cred: Christine Hess Photography*

Getting hungry waiting for the fireworks to begin? You need to check out our newly renovated and expanded KELSEYS Original Roadhouse, located only minutes away from Queen Victoria Park. We now feature Niagara’s largest patio bar with live entertainment all day and evening long.

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Our KELSEYS features an all-new menu with a great selection of appetizers and entrees perfect for sharing. Signature beverages to cool you down such as the two-handed sangrias, and milk bottle shakes (which include Ontario craft beer and spirits) are just a few Summer beverages to enjoy that are unique to KELSEYS.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

It’s easily one of Niagara’s favourites! The Hornblower Niagara Cruises is a thrilling new way to experience Canada’s most spectacular wonder of the world. They will take you on the ride of your life! An intimate tour that gets you as close as possible to the breathtaking flow of water, power and mist that is the magnificent Niagara Falls. Within the Niagara Great Gorge, the catamarans will journey past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and into the very heart of the famous Horseshoe Falls.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is located on the Niagara Parkway at the north end of Queen Victoria Park, close to the Rainbow Bridge and the Oakes Garden Theatre at the foot of the Clifton Hill tourist area.

Catch a Day Cruise with the VOYAGE TO THE FALLS Boat Tour open 8:30 am to dusk, or catch a FALLS ILLUMINATION/FIREWORKS Boat Tour! If you are staying the weekend, you’re in luck because fireworks happen at 10:00 pm Friday, July 1st (for Canada Day), Sunday, July 3rd, and on Independence Day!

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Greg Frewin’s Magic Show

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The Greg Frewin Theatre features a true Las Vegas style show, and just a 5-minute walk from Clifton Hill, the “Wild Magic Show” runs at 7:30 pm on Independence Day, July 4th. Click here for ticket information and pricing.

The anticipation of traveling to Niagara Falls is high for 2016 as we have many new and exciting additions that have arrived just in time for Independence Day!

Click here to read about what’s new in Niagara Falls!

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Parking for Independence Day 

You will find plenty of parking over the Independence Day weekend at this lot pictured in the map below. This parking lot has recently been expanded to hold 700+ vehicles! It’s only a 5 minute walk down Clifton Hill to the fireworks show, complete with a jolly cut for those of you that are parked closer to the Skylon Tower and want quick access to view the majestic Horseshoe Falls.

Niagara Falls will be busy on Independence Day, and this lot can accommodate plenty of vehicles, and is just steps away from the Fallsview district for those of you who wish to do a little gambling at the Fallsview Casino Resort.

Key Features:

  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Security patrolled
  • 3 ways in, 3 way out of this lot
  • Central to viewing the Niagara Falls, Clifton Hill, and the Fallsview District.
  • Well illuminated Parking lot 

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Here’s the easiest way to get to this parking lot (via the back way at Robinson St.):

Route #1 From Highway 420

1.  Once you are on Highway 420 heading towards the Falls.

2.  Turn RIGHT onto Stanley Avenue.

3.  Take Stanley past Lundy’s Lane.

4.  LEFT on Robinson Street.

5.  Continue Straight and before you hit the dead-end go LEFT into the back entrance.

Route #2 From Highway 20 (turns into Lundy’s Lane)

1.  Follow Highway 20 past Thorold Townline Road (where it turns into Lundy’s Lane).

2.  Turn RIGHT onto Stanley Avenue.

3.  Turn LEFT on Robinson Street.

4.  Continue Straight and before you hit the dead-end go LEFT into the back entrance.

Route #3 From Thorold Stone Road

1.  If you are on the QEW heading south towards Niagara Falls you will see signs for Thorold Stone Road.

2.  Take the Thorold Stone Road exit and turn LEFT, continue all the way through to Stanley Avenue, slight right.

3.  Follow Stanley Ave past Highway 420 and Lundy’s Lane.

4.  Turn LEFT on Robinson Street.

Continue Straight and before you hit the dead-end go LEFT into the back entrance.

Route #4 From McLeod Road

1. On the QEW, head south towards the Falls and take the McLeod Rd exit and turn left.

2. Travel through to the Marineland Parkway and turn LEFT on Stanley Ave.

3. Turn RIGHT onto Robinson Street.

4. Continue Straight and before you hit the dead-end go LEFT into the back entrance.

Niagara Falls Border Crossing

We can help you prepare for crossing the border into Niagara Falls, Canada! A little preparation will go a long way, helping to simplify the process of entering from the United States.

Know What ID is Necessary:

All visitors arriving to Canada need a passport or passport equivalent. (If you are traveling soon, you can get a passport within 24 hrs with
U.S. citizens ages 15 or younger with parental consent will be allowed to cross the borders at land and sea entry points with certified copies of their birth certificates rather than passports.

Have a Note for Children Traveling without Both Parents:

Adults traveling over the border into Canada with children who are not their own should have a written note from the parents or guardians giving permission for the children to leave the country. The permission should include the name and contact information of the parent / guardian.

Borders where you can enter into Niagara Falls, Canada:

1.       The Lewiston Queenston Bridge connects Lewiston, New York and Queenston, a community in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, 5 km north of Niagara Falls, Canada.

2.  The Whirlpool Bridge is a dedicated NEXUS-only crossing so everyone in the car will need to have a NEXUS card to use this crossing.  The Whirlpool Bridge connects downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y. and the old downtown of Niagara Falls, Canada.

3.       The Rainbow Bridge is for non-commercial-use only, so this is a popular tourist crossing.  The main U.S. highway leading to the Rainbow Bridge is Interstate 190. The primary Canadian feeder is the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way), exit 420.

4.       The Peace Bridge remains popular with travelers and is close enough to the other area border crossings that you can switch border crossings as soon as you determine how long your wait is by signs, listening to 1610 AM radio, or checking the Canada Border Services website.

Tips for crossing at the world-famous Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls:

1.) Enroll in NEXUS and E-ZPass to expedite your border crossing.
NEXUS expedites the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travelers into Canada and the United States. NEXUS dedicated customs inspection lanes are available in the Niagara Region at the Rainbow Bridge.
E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection technology that makes traveling more convenient, helps reduce traffic congestion, and saves you money at the Peace Bridge by reducing fuel consumption and saving you 10% off the cash toll rate.

2.) Choose which bridge to take. Make an informed decision when deciding which bridge to cross by checking the CBSA website or CBP website to see what their posted wait times are for Niagara Region international bridges or You can also call 1-800-715-6722 to get the wait times for Niagara Region international bridges. These options are updated hourly. Have proper identification ready to present to the Customs agent. Click here to view border identification requirements.

3.) If traveling with children who are not part of your immediate family, have a note from the parents that their child has permission to cross the border with you. The note should include telephone numbers where the children’s parents can be reached.

4.) Turn off radios and cell phones when talking to Customs agents.

5.) Declare all fruits, vegetables, plants and plant products, animals, birds, eggs, meat and meat products.

6.) Declare all items acquired for personal use.

7.) Do not fool around. Customs and Immigration agents on both sides of the border are law enforcement officials who take their duties very seriously. Approach inspection booths slowly and follow signage instructions.

8.) Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

9.) Be patient. Customs agents are responsible for protecting our nations’ borders and public safety.

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Christine on Niagara Falls Photography

Christine Lynn

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