It's the Western New York summer tradition we all look forward to…a celebration of America's birthday with America's favorite pastime, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, the Fireworks, the specials on tickets and merchandise…
It's all THIS SUNDAY as the Bisons host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for the 22nd annual KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration. Tickets are going fast. The forecast looks great. It's shaping up to be another unforgettable July 3rd at the ballpark.
Here's everything you need to know about this year's KeyBank Independence Eve!
If you don't have your tickets left, the only question is why?
There are only a limited number of tickets remaining and they are going fast.CLICK HERE to order yours now!
There are no more BPO 4-Packs remaining for this year's event.
REMINDER: If you plan on picking up your tickets at Will Call on game day, make sure to arrive to the ballpark early so you can be in your seats before the first pitch. The Coca-Cola Field Box Office opens at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 3rd.
Get started early
First pitch between the Bisons and RailRiders is scheduled for 6:05 p.m., but don't wait until the last minute to get to your seats!
The Bisons are opening all Coca-Cola Field Gates at 4:30 p.m. to make sure you don't miss any of the special pre-game ceremonies. Get to the ballpark early to enjoy some great-tasting ballpark concessions or some refreshing craft beers at the Consumer's Craft Beer corner.
Fans should also be reminded of all ballpark carry-in policies as bags will be subject to searches upon entering the ballpark.
Get ready for fun!
Want another reason to get to the ballpark early? How about a great giveaway!
KeyBank will be handing out KayBank wallets to the first 3,000 fans at the ballpark. Make sure you also pick up the special Postgame Concert program so you can follow along when the BPO takes the stage!
Tweet, Like & Snap
Get on your phones and get ready to play along! Make sure you follow us on Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat (BuffaloBisons) and Facebook (/gobisons) as we'll keep the fun going online. And, the Bisons will have a special Snapchat Filter for all those important selfies.
Plus, KeyBank has lots of great things to giveaway (STAY TUNED) if you use the hashtag #HassleFree when you tweet!
For when the kids (and you) get hungry:
If you have purchased a BPO 4-Pack, we'll have special stands open for your to get your food faster than a double steal! Look for the Special Food Coupon Redemption Centers at Sections 122 (1B side), 121 (3B side), 210 (club level) and by the Washington St. Gate.
Even if you haven't purchased a BPO 4-Pack, you can use the redemption centers to grab yourself a quick Sahlen's Hot Dog or Coca-Cola soft draft.
Stars & Stripes on our mind
The Bisons will once again be wearing a special Stars & Stripes Cap, designed by the New Era Cap Co. Sales of these caps will benefit Welcome Back Veterans, a program that helps returning soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, providing treatment to them and their families.
Don't wait until Sunday to get yours. You can purchase the cap RIGHT HERE on Bisons.com.
The BPO takes center stage:
Shortly after the last inning, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will be ready to wow the crowd with some great music. The evening will end with a Fantastic Fireworks Display that will accompany the BPO as they play. In fact, the fireworks display on Independence Eve is the largest one of the season for Coca-Cola Field - so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
Gimme the set list!
This year's show is all about our heroes…on the playing field, on the big screen and most importantly, on the battlefields both near and far. On Sunday, July 3rd at the Buffalo Bisons' 22nd Annual KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus will pay tribute to them all!
BPO conductor Stefan Sanders makes his Independence Eve debut in 2016 with a program designed to celebrate all our great heroes. CLICK HERE to read all the program details, with special tributes to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice and to the brave men and women currently serving in our nation's Armed Forces.
For any other questions on the KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration, CLICK HERE for the event page on Bisons.com. We'll see you on July 3rd!!!
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.