Pittsburghers love watching fireworks almost as much as they love watching the Penguins, and this year’s Independence Day celebration will combine those two faves.
The annual July 4 fireworks display will include “a lot of unique things” in a show expected to “cover the sky,” said Vince Terrizzi Jr., general manager at StarFire Corporation, which is producing the show.
“We have a tribute to the Penguins and a tribute to their unbelievable success two seasons back to back,” Terrizzi said. “It’s our pleasure to honor such champions in a city of champions.”
The EQT Flashes of Freedom Fireworks show begins at 9:35 Tuesday, July 4. Derek Weber, president of Lion Heart Event Group which is running the Celebrate America event, recommends arriving by late afternoon or early evening if you want to get a spot in Point State Park where a patriotic soundtrack will accompany the show. If you’d rather watch from another vantage point, watch from Highmark Stadium at the Riverhounds game or try these.
“It should be a finale that really rocks the city,” Weber said. “(It) should vibrate the whole town.”
The Independence Day festivities kick off at noon with a flag raising, live music, activities, fife and drum performances, and other demonstrations. At 6 p.m., the U.S. Air Force will fly over Point State Park while Jeff Jimerson sings the National Anthem.
Other Fourth of July festivities include:
|What||Thrill-seekers can commemorate the Fourth at Kennywood during the Celebrate America event. It'll feature Zambelli fireworks every night, a hot dog eating contest, entertainment and all the fun of Kennywood.|
|Where||Kennywood at 4800 Kennywood Blvd. (West Mifflin)|
|When||June 29, 2017 at 10:30 am to July 4, 2017 at 10:00 pm|
|How much||Prices vary|
|What||Celebrate the Fourth of July by raising a 36-foot flag at Fort Pitt with the help of colonial reenactors and scouts. Plus, you can listen to 18th century military music and the National Anthem by the Yinzer Singers.|
|Where||Fort Pitt Museum at 101 Commonwealth Place (Downtown)|
|When||July 4, 2017 at 11:00 am to 5:00 pm|
|What||Heinz History Center will host a flag ceremony on Independence Day. Veterans and museum visitors can help to unfurl a giant 36-foot American flag, sing the National Anthem and participate in a moment of silence for those who have served.|
|Where||Heinz History Center at 1212 Smallman Street (Strip District)|
|When||July 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm|
|What||It's the area's largest Fourth of July party with food, games and free concerts by The Cadillac Three, The Stickers and Tim Litvin, plus a view of the city's fireworks.|
|Where||Heinz Field at 100 Art Rooney Ave. (North Shore)|
|When||July 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm to 11:59 pm|
|What||Experience the fireworks aboard the Gateway Clipper fleet at a one-hour sightseeing cruise. The cruise features expert narration and a spectacular view.|
|Where||Gateway Clipper Fleet at 350 West Station Square Drive (South Shore)|
|When||July 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm|