Fireworks and a tribute to the Pens' back-to-back Stanley Cup? Sounds like Fourth of July in the 'Burgh. Expect the fireworks to cover the sky and “a lot of unique things," per the general manager of the StarFire Corporation, the company doing the show. If you plan to be in Point State Park, your best bet is to get there by late afternoon/early evening. Otherwise, here are a few more viewing spots.
It's no secret this town loves its fireworks, so we mapped out Pittsburgh's affection for the dazzle in the sky. Last year, there were 42 permits for both fireworks and pyrotechnic displays. See the map. But what do all the fireworks shows mean for air quality? Turns out, not much. But the Fourth of July can be a little different.
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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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $33.39