7/08/2010Posted by MJ
Waiting for Goat Island 2010 4th of July Fireworks...and waiting...and waiting...
This year we decided to mix it up and check out the fireworks at Niagara Falls State Park instead of heading over to Outwater Park..
The park was pretty full and I was excited for the show. I confirmed through a few news sources that there would be fireworks from Queen Victoria Park on the Ontario side and from Goat Island on the American side. They are also stated on the state park site.
At 10 the fireworks started on the Canadian side. For some reason they fire them out from the base of the gorge. In my opinion they made for a sad sight as they struggled to make it out of the gorge and into the sky. They last for 12 minutes.
I figured since the American side did not also start at 10 it would follow the finish of the Canadian show but they did not. People started to leave with clueless looks on their faces muttering "was that it?" We waited around for about 20 minutes and by this point most other people left.
I was ready to drop it as a learning experience (fireworks must only have been at Hyde Park) but then I saw this article in the Buffalo News claiming there was some type of show on Goat Island.
...Large crowds turned out at dusk — and even long before then — to watch the fireworks over Terrapin Point on Goat Island at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls and at Sal Maglie Stadium in the city-owned Hyde Park at Hyde Park Boulevard and Pine Avenue.Did I, and seemingly everyone else there, miss something? Did anyone actually see them last Sunday? If nothing else we will be heading back to catch one of the weekly firework shows they claim to put on. ;)
Officials of the Niagara Region State Parks Police and of Niagara USA, the official tourism promotion agency in Niagara County, agreed that Sunday’s crowds were likely to be the largest seen any time this year in Niagara Falls....