Despite complaints last year, Niagara Falls brings back fireworks for 144 consecutive days

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Published May 9, 2023 at 10:46 am

Despite complaints from animal rights groups and local residents last year, Niagara Falls Tourism is going ahead with 144 consecutive nights of fireworks over Niagara Falls, starting on the Victoria Day weekend and running through to Thanksgiving.

Each night from May 19 to October 9, Niagara Parks has organized a five-minute fireworks display every night at 10 pm sharp.

Janice Thomson, President and CEO of Niagara Falls Tourism, said the fireworks show would go on due to its popularity.

“Niagara Falls Tourism is presenting the annual fireworks series in response to consumer demand and popularity of the fireworks, as enjoyed in other destinations.”

She added in a separate release, “Niagara Falls is known for memorable entertainment. The Niagara Falls Fireworks builds on an extraordinary lineup of entertainment options for the summer season, continuing to showcase our city’s reputation as Canada’s entertainment capital.”

“Visitors can look forward to live music, new attractions and experiences and exciting new culinary options.”

Joel Noden, Chair of Niagara Falls Tourism, was also enthusiastic. “Fireworks have been thrilling visitors to Niagara Falls for years with breathtaking displays overlooking the world-famous Falls. The nightly shows are yet another reason to spend the night and explore all that Niagara Falls has to offer – day and night.”

Last year, the fireworks were protested by animal welfare group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), who named Niagara Falls Tourism ‘Grinch of the Year’.

“Niagara Falls Tourism’s small heart won’t let visitors enjoy one of the world’s greatest natural wonders without a constant barrage of explosions that leave animals running for their lives, and that makes it a grinch in our book,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman from their Washington, DC headquarters.

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