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Third annual ‘Light Up the Wright’

Each year, around this time, people begin to make plans for the Fourth of July. In recent years Canalside has been a major destination for those looking for an explosive fireworks show at the Inner Harbor. While Canalside is a real crowd pleaser, there is another celebratory event that packs a smaller, more intimate punch when it comes to enjoying fireworks at the waterfront. The event is called ‘Light Up the Wright’, and features an amazing fireworks display, with an inspirational backdrop to match – the Niagara River and The Peace Bridge.

With the Peace Bridge in the distance, and the nearby architectural splendor of Wright’s Fontana Boathouse, Light Up the Wright is the perfect spot for those looking to spread out and enjoy their surroundings. Guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs, to set out on the balconies and grounds of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse so that they can check out the Canada Day Friendship Festival Fireworks display as it lights up across the water.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, beer, wine and soft drinks will also be available for purchase (no picnics allowed). Music starts around 7pm and the fireworks tend to get going around 10pm. This is a family-friendly event.  Admission is $5 per car and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Bike if you can!!! Space is limited so please RSVP on Facebook or call 716-202-0502. 

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Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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  1. This is really a wonderful asset for Buffalo and the Westside Rowing Club.
    It proves the point that great architecture, world class architecture, can and should be built and not limited only to contemporary or modern.
    Any period…any architect…any style should be considered as long as it blends with its surroundings, adds to our city and is world class.
    I would say that our original Larkin Adm, our art nuveau hotel Buffalo, the Morgan, the Root and Metcalf and Statler Mansions were world class but world class doesn’t need to be limited to rebuilding demolished buildings in Buffalo. Like the Boathouse…any building design…built or unbuilt should be considered.
    Id much rather have the Fontana Boat House designed by FLW built to modern standards…its immediately timeless…than have a contemporary piece of suburban crapola that usually gets built and that people tire of after 5-10 years.

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