Guide: Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition

This November, the Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition will light up the skies in Niagara Falls with 18-minute pyrotechnic shows synchronized to music.

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming fireworks competition including where to watch this colorful spectacle in Niagara Falls USA.

What are the dates and times of these shows?

The fireworks competition will be presented over six weekend nights in November. All shows begin at 9:00 PM and will last approximately 18 minutes. On each night of the event, hear the accompanying music for each pyrotechnic show by tuning your radio to STAR 102.5. Participating teams will be judged by theme and choice of music, creativity, selection of effects and use within the display, synchronization to the music selection, as well as crowd reaction and appreciation. Schedule subject to change.

China: Friday, November 9 (Completed)

Finland: Friday, November 16

Brazil: Saturday, November 17

Extended Fireworks Display: A ten minute fireworks display from the Niagara Gorge will take place on Sunday, November 18 at 9 PM, weather permitting. This display can be best viewed from Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park.

Italy, Vietnam and Canada: CANCELED

Where is the best place to view each of the fireworks shows during the Cascades of Fire competition in Niagara Falls USA?

  • Parking Lot #3, located on the east end of Goat Island at Niagara Falls State Park: This viewing location is outdoors, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Feel free to bring chairs, blankets, etc. There will be hot and cold refreshments available for purchase. Various speakers will be projecting the synchronized music. Free shuttles will be transporting event go-ers to and from Parking Lot #2, also located on Goat Island as Parking Lot #3 will closed off to vehicle traffic.
  • Water Intakes, located off Niagara Scenic Parkway: There will be no organized event here, but there is plenty of free parking available.

Park Police advise motorists NOT to stop along the Niagara Scenic Parkway or Riverway during the displays and instead encourage everyone to enjoy from Lot 3.

Where are the fireworks demonstrations taking place?

All fireworks shows will be going off from the International Control Dam which stretches halfway across the upper rapids of the Niagara River between the U.S. and Canada.

How much are tickets for this event?

The Cascades of Fire International Fireworks competition is a free event; however, some private Niagara Falls USA establishments including hotels and restaurants may be hosting special experiences.              

Can I view the fireworks competition from my hotel room in Niagara Falls USA?

Yes! The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls, NY offers several floors of rooms overlooking the upper Niagara River, with a clear view of the International Dam where the fireworks will be going off. Book an overnight stay and enjoy the show in the privacy of a modern and well-appointed room. To book, call the hotel directly and request a room on the fifth floor or above facing the water so you can enjoy the show. During your stay, explore the various things to do throughout the region.


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