Tonawanda News — The Tonawandas and surrounding neighborhoods are gearing up for their Fourth of July celebrations.
The cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda will hold their Fourth of July activities at Niawanda Park. Niagara Street between Bouck and Gibson streets will be closed down starting at 6 p.m. There will also be no parking on Niagara Street and there will be parking restrictions imposed on Broad, Adam, Wheeler and Gibson streets.
“We are expecting a larger than normal crowd, due to the fact it’s on a Friday and the cancellation of fireworks in Buffalo’s Riverside Park,” said Capt. Fred Foels, of the City of Tonawanda Police. “We will have officers detailed in the park on bicycles and golf carts along with traffic officers on the surface streets.”
The festivities will kick off with a performance by Sugar ‘N Jazz at 7 p.m. at the Niawanda Park bandshell. As per usual, the T-NT fireworks will be launched at dusk, approximately 9:45 p.m., from Tonawanda Island.
Across the street, Old Man River will be using food to not only celebrate the Fourth of July but as an act of good will to help out Meals on Wheels.
A hot dog and veggie bunny (a marinated, grilled carrot on a hot dog roll) eating contest will be held at 2 p.m. Friday. New this year is an addition that might make children a little more interested in participating: An ice cream eating contest will be held for children ages 6 to 10.
Registration is open until the event starts. All the information and waiver forms are available at Old Man River. The ice cream eating contest costs $5 to enter and the hot dog and veggie bunny eating contests are $20 in advance or $25 the day of. All proceeds will be donated to North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels.