Large crowd celebrates independence at ballpark

Posted at 11:51 PM, Jul 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-04 17:37:36-04

It was a busy night at Coca-Cola Field as thousands of fans went through security and waited in long lines to get through the gates and enjoy a night of celebration.

"We were in line for a half hour," said John Burmaster who attended the game. "When we got in, the line was twice as long as it was when we got in."

Security guards checked bags of those who attended, and wanded them down. Although it seemed to be a slow start to the night, some fans admit the evening proved to be a homerun.

"At first when we were in the long line I was saying that we would never get up there," said Marquel Harris, who attended this celebration for the first time. "Now that I'm here I know that it will be mind blowing.

The night included tributes to the brave men and women serving in our Nation's Armed Forces, a performance by Buffalo's Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, and the ballpark's largest fireworks show of the season.

"This is the concert I look forward to every year," said Katy Jacobi, who is part of the BPO, and sang the National Anthem prior to the Bisons game.

"It means a lot to us," said Arlette Harris, who came with her grandson, Marquel. "This is where I was raised and born. This is my hometown: Buffalo, New York."