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Lights Over Lake Erie

Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks on Erie's historic bayfront! The City of Erie and Mercyhurst University is proud to continue this tradition with Lights over Lake Erie beginning at 10 p.m.

The fireworks will be launched from the Bicentennial Tower at Dobbins Landing, and viewable from points along the Bayfront.

Read on for parking recommendations, the best fireworks-watching spots, and frequently asked questions with the complete guide to Lights Over Lake Erie!

Parking Recommendations:

  • If you plan on viewing the fireworks from Dobbins Landing, we strongly recommend parking south of the Bayfront Parkway, and then making your way to your preferred viewing area on foot. Street and ramp parking is available downtown. Public use of UMPC Hamot parking ramps will not be permitted, due to hospital needs.
  • Do not plan on parking in the public parking areas in or around Dobbins Landing; large crowds are expected, and portions of the street and parking lots will be closed.
  • Limited parking will be available at the Bayfront Convention Center lot.
  • No parking on these streets from 4 p.m. to midnight on July 3:
    o East Front Street from Holland Street to Ash Street (north side only)
    o West Second Street from State Street to Cascade Street (north side)
    o West Front Street from Myrtle Street to Walnut Street (north side)
    o Short Street from Myrtle Street to Walnut Street (north side)
    o Wolverine Drive from the Bayfront Convention Center to Wolverine Park (north side)
    o Liberty Street from West Fourth Street to Front Street (both boulevard sides)
    o Sassafras Street from Front Street to West Fourth Street (east side)
    o Water Works Road (both sides)
    o Sassafras Street at Front Street (both sides)

Free Erie Parking Authority garages in downtown Erie from 4 p.m. to midnight on July 3:

  • West Seventh and Peach streets (117 W. Seventh St.; enter on Peach Street)
  • West Eighth and Peach streets (140 W. Ninth St.)
  • East Eighth and French streets (24 E. Eighth St.)

Free EMTA shuttle bus service from 8 p.m. to midnight on July 3:

  • East side of Perry Square along French Street
  • West side of Perry Square along Peach Street
  • Intermodal Transportation Center, 208 E. Bayfront Parkway
  • Lincoln Park-n-Ride, Lincoln Avenue and the Bayfront Parkway
  • Liberty Park-n-Ride, Liberty Park, 828 W. Bayfront Parkway

Prime Viewing Locations:

  • Dobbins Landing, including the area south of the Bicentennial Tower and the public
    access walkways on East and West Dobbins Landing.
  • Public areas along the bayfront, including the walkways on the Sassafras Pier (next to
    the Bayfront Convention Center) and the area at the foot of Holland Street.
  • The bluffs along East and West Front streets, including Bayview Park on West Second
    Street, between Cherry and Walnut streets.
  • Presque Isle State Park, particularly the portion of the park from the East and West piers
    east to Perry Monument

More information can be found here.

Lights Over Lake Erie

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