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Fantasy Island announces 'Declaration Celebration'


Wed, Jun 28th 2017 08:10 am
Presented by Wendy's Restaurants; fireworks & live music daily highlight this year's event
Fantasy Island will celebrate the Fourth Of July in a bigger-than-ever way this year, as the "Declaration Celebration Presented by Wendy's Restaurants" was announced over the weekend. This year's event starts on Canada Day, Saturday, July 1, and run through July 4. They include fireworks every night, live music and hot dog eating contests.
"The July 4 fireworks have been a longstanding tradition at Fantasy Island, and we wanted to extend the fun over a full long weekend, starting on Canada Day," park General Manager Chris Kearsing.
The festivities start Saturday with a hot dog eating contest in Western Town before the 3:30 p.m. shootout. The contest is open to the first 15 registrants ages 18 and over. The winner receives a 2017 season pass, or if they are already a season pass holder, a 2018 season pass. The contest will be repeated each day through July 4 (before the 3:30 p.m. shootout). The rides will run until the fireworks start each night, around 9:45 p.m. The water park will still close at 7 p.m. each night.
There will be live music at the Midway Theater leading up to each night's fireworks display. The music starts at 6 and goes until about 8 p.m., and features some of Western New York's top live acts. Saturday's headliner is Seismic Urge, followed by Knight Crew on Sunday, Midnight Kings on Monday, and Lower Town Trio on Tuesday.
The celebration culminates on the Fourth of July. The Fantasy Island cowboys will accompany the restored Princess Carriage during the Grand Island Independence Day Parade. Veterans, active military and first responders may purchase a half-price ticket with every paid full-priced adult admission ticket with a valid ID at the gate. Grand Island residents may purchase a ticket for $9.99 starting at 6 p.m. on July 4 with a valid ID.
Fantasy Island is a family-oriented, classic American theme park situated just minutes from Buffalo & Niagara Falls. For complete information regarding schedules, events, discounts, rides, etc., visit www.FantasyIslandNY.com.

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