Independence Day

President Trump hailed America's military and declared that "our nation is stronger today than it ever was before" in a Fourth of July speech with patriotic themes underscored by flyovers from fighter jets and displays of tanks near the stage at the Lincoln Memorial.

Washington observers were watching to see whether Trump would take the highly publicized speech into politics, but instead, the president highlighted heroic military tales and implored Americans to "stay true to our cause."

Tall Ships America

A dozen tall ships from throughout the United States and Canada are scheduled to sail into Buffalo this Independence Day holiday. The symbols of sea history will remain in town for four days for the Port of Call Buffalo.

Buffalo Bisons

Starting Fourth of July celebrations on the third of the month has become a Western New York tradition, started by the Buffalo Bisons more than two decades ago. For this year's celebration, the Herd is offering new twists on a classic tradition.

Americans will spend more than $900 million this year on bottle rockets, Roman candles, and other fireworks. But those of us who want to celebrate Independence Day with a bang are almost totally dependent on China for supplies.

"Ninety-nine percent of the backyard consumer fireworks come directly from China," said Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association. "And about 70 percent of the professional display fireworks are manufactured in China."

Dept. of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation / University of Rochester

More than a century after his death, Frederick Douglass and July 4 remain profoundly intertwined.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

One of two long-awaited police substations in the City of Buffalo got its first major test this holiday weekend, and visitors to the city’s waterfront saw the benefit.


WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Residents in three Western New York counties will be able to legally purchase some fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July this year. Niagara, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties have each legalized some small fireworks after a new state law left the decision  up to county governments.