Events happening throughout Old First Ward on April 27
“Boom Days Buffalo,” an annual celebration of spring marking the removal of the ice boom, is happening from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, April 27. in multiple venues throughout the Old First Ward neighborhood in Buffalo. The full list of events, times, and locations can be found at www.facebook.com/BoomDaysBuffalo. All events are free and open to all.
Rick Smith, along with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and others, put together the first “Boom Days” celebration in 2001.
“It’s our region’s unique way to be thankful for the end of our strong winter and welcome spring,” Smith said. “We encourage everyone to go out and get next to our waterways and celebrate the amazing places in the historic and regenerating First Ward!”
The Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.) will host family-friendly activities and performances from 1-4 p.m., including the Buffalo Zoomobile, the Buffalo & Erie County Library on Wheels, and programming by Young Audiences of Western New York. Waterfront Memories and More museum at Mutual Riverfront Park (41 Hamburg St.) will be open for visitors.
At 4 p.m., The Buffalo Brass Machine will lead the way as the “boom ball” will be rolled from the community center to Riverfront Park and launched into the Buffalo River where the Edward M. Cotter Fireboat will be waiting to salute the paraders. All are welcome to join the parade, and enjoy a toast to spring when arriving at the park.
Live music from the Blues Society of WNY, the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation, and Jazz Buffalo will be happening in the afternoon and evening at Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), The Barrel Factory (65 Vandalia St.), Flying Bison Brewing Co. (840 Seneca St.), Buffalo Distilling Co. (860 Seneca St.), Lockhouse Distillery & Bar (41 Columbia St.), and Gene McCarthy’s (73 Hamburg St.). Flying Bison will have a special beer for “Boom Days,” while Lockhouse is celebrating its Sakura Gin release.
The evening is highlighted with fireworks at 8:30 p.m.; they can be seen from Riverfront Park and the streets around the Old First Ward.