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July 03


Lights Over Lake Erie

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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.

Prime Viewing Locations:


...including the area south of the Bicentennial Tower and the public access walkways on East and West Dobbins Landing


...including the walkways on the Sassafras Pier (next to the convention center) and the area at the foot of Holland Street


...along East and West Front Streets, including Bayview Park on West Second Street (between Cherry and Walnut)


...particularly the portion of the park from the West and East piers east to Perry Monument

EMTA Shuttle Service

EMTA will be providing a shuttle service to Dobbins Landing from 8 p.m. to midnight for people with disabilities and transportation needs. The trolley will make a loop and stop at the following locations:
  • East side of Perry Square along French Street
  • West side of Perry Square along Peach Street
  • Dobbins Landing

More information can be found here.


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