"716"...it's just an area code, right?  Not here in Western New York, it's not!

It's a day to celebrate all things that are special to Western New York and the Niagara Frontier from the Harborfront to Niagara Falls...Highmark Stadium to Sahlen Field.

It's a day to realize what makes us unique and why people treasure living here or coming back to visit.

Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra described "716" in an interview with WKBW-TV when Buffalo and Rochester were fighting over the area code this way.

"That branding became very important to this community and we didn't want to lose that identity because we had begun to see some momentum as we were shifting from a manufacturing economy to a more retail-based service economy."

There is really nothing that rivals the "716", especially when you ask people who have left the area.  It's the smell of Cheerios early in the morning downtown; it's the mist rolling off Niagara Falls; it's all the different foods at the Erie County Fair or the thunderous applause and cheering at a Bills game.

It's people that are willing to help you out when a lake effect snowstorm has you stuck on Delaware Avenue downtown or the person delivering the daily mail just stopping to ask how you are doing.  Maybe these things happen in different parts of the country, but not in the same way they happen in Western New York.

From Presidents to Princesses, people recognize Western New York as special.

Happy 716 Day!

Here are some things you may want to check out on "716 Day"...a complete list can be found here.

 

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    716 Day with BuffaLove

    Activities on Friday 7/16 from 12 noon - 5 pm at Canalside. BuffaLove Apparel's new store is at 4953 Camp Rd in Hamburg.

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    Cami Clune LIVE In Concert

    NBC's semi-finalist of The Voice of Season 19, will be LIVE and in concert at The Buffalo Event Center from 7-10 pm. The Center is located at 4475 Transit Road in Buffalo.

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    716 Day At The Buffalo Zoo

    Admission to the Zoo is $7.16 today only! The Buffalo Zoo is at 300 Parkside Avenue in Buffalo.

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    716 Day at The Aquarium Of Niagara

    Save $7.16 on admission with promo code '716DAY' when you book online. The Aquarium of Niagara 701 Whirlpool St. Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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    Celebrate 716 Day at The Totally Buffalo Store

    Artisans will be making 716 merchandise in honor of the WNY Celebration! Outside market: Friday, July 16 and Saturday July 17th from 10 am to 2 pm at the store at 3328 Sheridan Drive Buffalo.