Celebrate Fourth of July weekend in Ellicottville

Fourth of July Weekend in Ellicottville kicks-off Thursday, July 4 with the annual Ellicottville Championship Rodeo. There are events all weekend long in the village and at Holiday Valley, including the return of Stroll the Streets and the Summer Music Festival.

ELLICOTTVILLE — There are plenty of festivities happening in Ellicottville for Fourth of July weekend, from Thursday at the rodeo through Sunday night fireworks at Holiday Valley.

The whole thing kicks off July 4 with the 31st Ellicottville Championship Rodeo, held daily through July 7 at 6319 Sommerville Valley Road.

This Fourth of July weekend will bring over hundreds of rodeo athletes to town for several shows of man versus beast for great family entertainment.

On July 4, 5 and 6, gates open at 5 p.m. with the main events starting at 7 p.m. with fireworks! The gates open at noon on July 7 with the main events at 2 p.m.

This year’s rodeo is jam-packed with nine exciting rodeo events, also inviting the next generation to take part in the action by getting their stick horses ready for the kids stick horse race. Registration will take place before the rodeo.

Before the rodeo begins, come out early and enjoy the rodeo midway with mouth-watering chicken bar-b-que and a variety of delicious food and plenty of merchandise.

Then on July 5, come downtown to Stroll the Streets of Ellicottville, a weekly event held every Friday this summer where you get the best deals the village has to offer.

The streets will come alive every Friday evening with live music and shopping and dining specials in many of the local shops and restaurants. Outside events and activities will also be here for the whole family, including face painting, balloon twisting, magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, outdoor movies at the gazebo and more.

Also on Friday, the festivities for the Summer Music Festival kick-off on Monroe Street in the village at 3 p.m. with “Bags & Brews for Roswell,” a fundraiser sponsored by ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Properties.

Sign-up for the Cornhole Tournament and listen to some great live music by Xprime while tasting some of the best from local breweries, wineries and distilleries. Reserve a spot by emailing kaysie.griffith@teamvp.com.

The festival continues Saturday, July 6 with Don Felder, former lead guitarist of Eagles, who will take the stage at Holiday Valley. As a former member of Eagles, Felder was part of one of the most popular and influential rock groups of all time.

Before Felder rocks the slopes, Caitlin Koch will open the evening. Koch has graced the Summerfest stage a number of times before.

To wrap up the weekend, head back to Holiday Valley on July 7 for the annual performance of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

An exciting list of beach and summer-time themed tunes is in the works, concluding with everyone’s favorite “1812 Overture” and “Stars and Stripes Forever” to an incredible fireworks display. This is an all age’s event, so pack up your picnic basket and bring the whole family.

For more information, visit www.ellicottvilleny.com.