Independence Day fireworks show to return to Erie in 2018, and here are the best spots to watch…

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It’s been several years since the city of Erie has held a Fourth of July fireworks show.  Thanks to sponsorship from Mercyhurst University, the tradition will return.

Ron Hilliard was at one of the prime viewing spots for the fireworks show celebrating Independence Day.  It’s called, ‘Lights Over Lake Erie,’ and it’s the return of Independence Day fireworks on the Bayfront, or in this case, July 3rd. 

And, Mercyhurst University is excited to be the presenting sponsor.  It comes after the university hosted its own show on campus from 1984 to 2006.  Michael Victor, President of Mercyhurst University, says, “We feel that as the city prospers the whole region prospers, and Mercyhurst is committed deeply to the success of Erie.”

Mayor of Joe Schember says fireworks are a part of a tradition that he and a number of residents wanted to see return. “As a kid, you grow up with it. Everybody in Erie wanted it again, and I’m so pleased that Mercyhurst stepped up; underwrote this for us. And Pyrotechnico is going to do a great job with the fireworks.”

The producer of the fireworks show, Damian DiCola, says the Bicentennial Tower will be the focal point of the display.  “We’re looking at a very powerful finale like everyone’s going to expect. A lot of different effects. Some unique effect off of the actual tower itself, as well as some nice special effects and creative shells that maybe they haven’t seen before.”

And, that’s just to cap off what will be a night full of activities.  Earlier that evening, Erie Bank 8 Great Tuesdays will kick off two months of free concerts in Liberty Park, one of many spots with a great view.

The fireworks show takes place Tuesday, July 3rd, starting at 10 o’clock, and it’s expected to last about 15 minutes. A representative of Mayor Joe Schember tells the public that July 3rd was chosen because “many residents have the following day off from work for the July 4th holiday and it provided an opportunity to work in conjunction with Erie Bank’s 8 Great Tuesdays for a combined celebration on Erie’s Bayfront”.

If you’d like to start planning early for where you’d like to watch, there are other public locations with good views.  To see the list, you can visit

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