tall ships

Chris Caya WBFO News

A visit by a fleet of a dozen tall ships to the Buffalo waterfront over the holiday weekend was a huge hit. Buffalo Police estimate 125,000 people attended the Port of Call event.

Thomas O'Neil-White

The Tall Ships Challenge continued Friday at Canalside and the Outer Harbor. Despite the heat, thousands of people are expected to participate in the Basil Port of Call: Buffalo festival.

Basil Port of Call Buffalo

"The Buffalo waterfront will be the place to be this Fourth of July," proclaimed Mayor Byron Brown on Wednesday.

The huge attraction this holiday is the Tall Ships.

"It's important for Buffalo. We expect not only large crowds, but a $6-8 million local economic impact, which will solidify jobs on the waterfront and the hospitality and tourism industry and help put Buffalo even more on the national map in terms of a destination," said local Tall Ships organizer Mike Vogel.

Here are some things you need to know before you and an estimated 150,000 others go.

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 to host historic tall ships in July 2019

Apr 24, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo's waterfront will play host to a fleet of sailing historic tall ships for a four-day span in July 2019. Officials are already announcing plans to welcome what they say will be the largest number of such ships in Buffalo since the days when the city was a critical shipping port.