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Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront airshow to be held in June

The Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront is coming this Father's Day weekend.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A favorite WNY attraction is moving to the Buffalo waterfront. 

The Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront is coming June 19  and June 20 from 12pm-4pm. 

The idea to move the airshow to the waterfront came after the Thunder of Niagara was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"New Yorkers have done incredible work in the fight against COVID and as the state's positivity rate continues to decline, we've been able resume many of the events that New Yorkers look forward to every year," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "The Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show is no exception. This beloved event will serve as a phenomenal welcome back for Western New Yorkers and visitors alike, and we are nothing short of thrilled that it is able to resume in 2021."

"As a longtime air show director, I am proud to partner with ECHDC and the Buffalo Waterfront team to bring the first ever air show to downtown Buffalo over Lake Erie," said Ben Canetti, Air Show Director.  "The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented military bases from hosting air shows, which has given us the unique opportunity to bring this years' show from the Niagara Falls Air Force Base to the Buffalo Waterfront. Here we are able to capitalize on a larger area and provide a safe and socially distanced high-powered event."

The Blue Angels will be part of the show, and since it is a new location in WNY, we can expect to see them conduct practice flights over Lake Erie during the week leading up to the air show. 

If you want to attend the event, you must purchase a ticket in advance.  There will be three optiojns to choose from in accordance to COVID-19 safety protocols. 

•    VIP - Includes reserved outdoor seating, a chalet to escape the sun, catered lunch, unlimited beverages, private VIP restrooms, reserved parking space, and an incredible view of the event.  VIP tickets must be purchased in blocks of two or four in observation of Erie County and NYS COVID-19 guidelines.  

•    VIP Premium - Includes all the amenities of a VIP ticket, but also includes prime seating right along the water with the best views.  VIP Premium tickets must be purchased in blocks of two or four in observation of Erie County and NYS COVID-19 guidelines.  

•    General Admission - Vehicle - Drive-in tickets will allow the attendee a parking spot and space next to their vehicle to watch the show. General admission vehicle tickets allow for up to five persons per vehicle.  An "XL Vehicle" ticket will be offered for larger vehicles, allowing for up to eight passengers.  Campers, RV's, buses, travel trailers and all other oversized vehicles, 80" or taller, are not permitted.  

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 14 at 10 a.m. For more information on the show, or to purchase tickets: https://buffalowaterfront.com/events/thunder