Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks
Saturday 31st Dec, 2016

Time: 10:30pm - 12:00am
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Ring in 2017 at the 29th annual “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” at the Electric Tower on Roosevelt Plaza, where Huron, Genesee, and Washington Streets meet.

Now in its 29th year, the Ball Drop continues to grow bigger and brighter. 

Local singing sensation and Buffalo’s own Caitlin Koch will headline the show, kicking off at 10:30pm, concluding with the Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks at midnight. 

DJ Jickster from 97 Rock will co-host the event with The Eyewitness News Team, including Anchors Keith Radford and Ashley Rowe, with Elizabeth Lewin serving as the evening’s roving reporter. Coverage of the “Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks” will begin with “Eyewitness News at 11pm” followed by the television special "Countdown to 2017" that includes “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC-TV.

Video walls will offer digital images of the Buffalo and Times Square ball drops, including a presentation of the “Countdown to 2017” HD telecast presented by WKBW Channel 7, a co-sponsor of the Ball Drop events since the first one in 1988 - when 97 Rock offered it as a gift to the city.

The Ball will drop in synch with its sister in New York’s Time Square, followed by a spectacular fireworks display presented by the Chevy Dealers of Western New York.  Skylighters of WNY will shoot the fireworks show and choreograph it to classic rock and seasonal music favorites. 

A “test drop” of the Ball will be held at 535 Washington Street, in front of the Electric Tower on Thursday, December 29th   at 10:00am, when crews will hoist the specially designed ball to the top of the tower, testing the hundreds of special lights and timing the descent.

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