Why the 3rd of July instead of the 4th of July?

The Town of Erie began celebrating Independence Day on July 3 more than 20 years ago. The festivities have varied, and changed over time. From parades to concerts, speeches, and baseball games to pie eating and pageants. But one thing will never change; a celebration among friends under an illuminated sky.

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1. What time will the fireworks show start and how long will it last?
2. Will there be music?
3. Do the pyrotechnics make a similar ‘boom’ sound?
4. Why this location?
5. Will there be on-site parking?
6. Will handicap parking be available?
7. Is this a bike-friendly event?
8. Restrooms Provided?
9. Will there be any additional activities on site for July 3rd?
10. Will there be any food or vending options available?
11. Will any amenities be open during the time of the event?
12. What is prohibited?
13. Can we bring our own liquor?
14. Are dogs allowed?
15. Are you still doing Porch Party Kits?
16. How close can we sit to the show?
17. Are there any alternate viewing locations?
18. Why the 3rd of July instead of the 4th of July?