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:
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 a.m. to July 4, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: Prices vary
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 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
How much: Free
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 from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $33.39