BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Police Department is giving the public a heads up on what to expect when heading out to July 4th celebrations at Canalside and the Outer Harbor.
The Department says parking for the celebration will be located on Perry Street by KeyBank Center, with additional lots on the East side of Main Street. NFTA Metro will be offering buses on Washington Street and trains at the Erie Canal Harbor Station to transport attendees out of the area once the event is over.
Those attending festivities at Canalside traveling downtown via the I-190 are being asked to exit at Elm Street and to follow the electronic messaging boards that will direct you to the lots at Michigan and Perry.
Due to the large number of folks attending Canalside, officials are encouraging use of the Metro.
The Queen City Bike Ferry will extend its hours until 11:30 p.m. for those who want to travel between Canalside and the Outer Harbor on their bicycles.
Starting at 4 p.m., security checks will begin at the Marine Drive entrance.
Attendees are allowed to bring chairs, but they must be inspected by security before being given the okay.
Bags are also allowed, but only certain types. Diaper bags and small purses, no bigger than 5" X 7", can be taken inside. But backpacks, drawstring bags, and large tote bags aren't allowed.
As with most events, weapons, illegal drugs, and fireworks are a no go.
Outside food or drinks are also banned, so you're better off leaving the cooler at home.
Professional video or photo cameras, along with Selfie sticks, tripods or monopods, and recording devices also need to stay at home.
Other items on the non-entry list are glass containers, bicycles (allowed on the outside area only), laser pointers, air horns, animals (unless they are service animals), or any other item seen as dangerous by security.
For any security needs, attendees can go to the newly opened Canalside Police Substation. They'll be open from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.