FREE NIAGARA FALLS FIREWORKS
Enjoy spectacular fireworks displays explode high over the mighty Falls! Niagara Falls has the longest summer long fireworks event, happening every Friday and Sunday evening (weather permitting). In the winter time you can enjoy watching the firworks in Niagara Falls while skating at the TD RINK at the Brink, from many local restaurants, or from the comfort of your hotel room. Fireworks over The Falls are supported by the Fallsview Casino Resort.
2014 Fireworks Schedule:
Beginning May 16 /2014 until Labour Day -- Every Friday and Sunday Evening at 10:00pm. Also every Holiday Monday at 10:00pm
All dates and times subject to change and dependent upon weather and wind conditions.
The investment of summer long fireworks is a joint effort of all the major attractions, restaurants, and accommodations. Niagara Parks Commission looks after the fireworks in the Summer time and the Winter Festival of Lights looks after the fireworks from November to January.
All performances take place at 9:00PM unless otherwise noted. Fireworks schedule is subject to change. As always, fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions like high winds or rain.
2014 ILLUMINATION SCHEDULE
January 1 to January 31 5:00 p.m. Midnight
February 1 to February 28 6:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
March 1 to March 9 *** 7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
March 10 to March 31 *** 8:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
April 1 to April 30 *** 8:30 p.m. 11:00 p.m.
May 1 to August 15 9:00 p.m. Midnight
August 16 to September 30 8:30 p.m. Midnight
October 1 to November 1 7:00 p.m. Midnight
November 2 to December 30 5:00 p.m. Midnight
December 31 5:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m.
Note: Illumination times are approximate and subject to
change according to light conditions.
✴ During the months of March and April, ‘Lights Off’ extends to midnight
on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
In 1860 the first attempt to light the Falls at night was attempted. A visit from the Prince of Wales inspired the lighting celebration. Approximately 200 coloured and white calcium, torpedo lights were placed along the banks above and below the American Falls, and behind the water of the Horseshoe Falls. The lights on the Falls were ignited along with rockets, spinning wheels and other types of fireworks.
The first electrical application of the illumination of the Falls was in January 1879 during a visit from the Marquis of Lorne, Governor General of Canada and his wife Princess Louise. In July 1879 the Prospect Park generating station located in Niagara Falls New York lit the up the Falls, however the lights were only used for one season.
In 1892, Frank LeBlond, one of the owners of the Maid of the Mist, used candlepower light that was placed on the Canadian dock of the Maid of the Mist to light the American Falls. In 1907 W. D’Arcy Ryan of the General Electric Company designed a lighting system that provided more power to illuminate the Falls than experienced before. A combination of 36 projectors and candlepower ran for several weeks.
There were many attempts to keep the Niagara Falls illumination going until finally the Niagara Falls Illumination Board was created in 1925. This group financed, and installed a permanment lighting system. Today, many groups come together to finance the illumination and fireworks, Niagara Parks Commission, BIA’s (Business Improvement Associations) and Niagara Falls Tourism work together to continue this legacy.