Schedule subject to change
* Subject to wind and weather conditions
NOTE: THE PARADE OF SAIL IS ACCOMPANIED BY A "MOVING SAFETY ZONE." RECREATIONAL VESSELS MUST MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE (100 YARDS) FROM THE PARADE.
(Santa Maria will arrive early, and will not participate in the Parade of Sail)
Lighthouse Point will be one of the prime viewing areas for tall ships docking on July 4. The historic site also will host a patriotic concert, Civil War encampment demonstrations, children's activities and the cannon salutes for the Parade of Sail ships.
The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band, a 70-piece orchestra, will perform during the Parade of Sail. Children's activities will include a make-a-lighthouse station, and the site includes outdoor exhibits, a mobile phone self-guided tour and videos on lighthouse history and technology.
Reenactment gun crews will fire salutes from a restricted area near the 1833 lighthouse. Shots will be fired by a French and Indian War reenactment crew from Old Fort Niagara, and by the Civil War reenactment Reynolds Battery. The Civil War group also will have up to a dozen Living History stations demonstrating period camp life, music, cooking, semaphore signaling and other elements including John Baronich's authentic traveling blacksmith forge, one of only a handful in the country.
The landmark 1833 lighthouse itself will be used for Parade Control and the media during the Parade of Sail, and will not be open to the general public during that part of the holiday weekend. Site admission requires a $5 day pass.