Lights Over Lake Erie returns in 2022

Fireworks over Presque Isle Bay are back!

The annual Lights Over Lake Erie event returns to Dobbins Landing on July 3.

Fireworks will be lit from near Dobbins Landing and the Bicenntial Tower and can be viewed from several areas around the bay.

The 15-minute show begins at 10 p.m. July 3. It is organized by Mercyhurst University and the city of Erie.

Tune into Erie’s Star104 (103.7 FM) for a synced music playlist for the show!

Lights Over Lake Erie began in 2018.

Where to watch

DOBBINS LANDING and the areas around the Bicentennial Tower, East Dobbins Landing, West Dobbins Landing.

ALONG THE BAYFRONT, including the Sassafras Pier, the Bayfront Convention Center area, public areas near Commodore Perry Yacht Club and Erie Water Works, and Liberty Park.

THE BLUFFS AREAS along East Front and West Front streets, including Bayview Park (on West Second Street between Cherry and Walnut streets) and the Bayfront Promenade.

PRESQUE ISLE STATE PARK, most notably the area of the West and East piers toward Perry Monument. It might be a bit far but the Waterworks area along the Bayfront might also offer nice views.

FROM A BAY VIEW ROOM AT THE SHERATON, which could give you comfort, space and air conditioning! Make it a romantic night, a friendly getaway, a family Fourth of July weekend — and cap it off with a fireworks show!

FROM A BOAT in the bay! Safety areas will be set up, but what an incredible vantage point for the show!

Shuttle service

EMTA will provide shuttle service to Dobbins Landing from 8 p.m. to midnight for people with disabilities and transportation needs. The trolley will make a loop and stop at the following locations:

  • East side of Perry Square along French Street
  • West side of Perry Square along Peach Street
  • Dobbins Landing


While the show can be viewed from various vantage points, if you plan on watching from the Bicentennial Tower and Dobbins Landing, it is recommended to park on the city side of the Bayfront Parkway and walk to Dobbins Landing.

Street parking and public garages are available in Downtown Erie. Public use of UPMC Hamot’s garage is not available. Limited parking will be available near the Bayfront Convention Center. Streets near Dobbins Landing will be closed and parking there is limited.

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