From fife-and-drum music to a performance of the National Anthem by Jeff Jimerson, the July 4 celebration at Point State Park offers something for everybody. The grand finale, of course, will be a fireworks show featuring a special tribute to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Other Independence Day events include a party at Heinz Field, a flag ceremony at Heinz History Center and a fireworks sightseeing cruise.
We rounded up the insider secrets to help you make the most out of a visit to Kennywood amusement park. From ways to beat the lines (for both rides and fries) to ways to save some cash, we're here to help with Kennywood hacks. Psst, here's one: Fourth of July is a good day for a visit.
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More than 1,000 furries will march in Anthrocon's Fursuit Parade. All but a very small portion of the outdoor parade route will be held beneath the protective cover of the convention center. More than 5,000 are expected to show up as spectators.
Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. (Downtown)
When: July 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Sip a sazerac and snack on a Pittsburgh Po'boy sandwich at a New Orleans-themed version of Wigle's Drinking Buddies. Drinking Buddies is a monthly celebration of summer.
Where: Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse & Whiskey Garden at 1055 Spring Garden Ave. (Spring Garden)
When: July 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sing along to songs from Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera and Into the Woods at "Who Tells Your Story?" The event is organized by Hamiltunes PGH, a group of fans who organize Hamilton sing-alongs.
Where: The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls at 400 Lincoln Ave. (Millvale)
When: July 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $5
Take a morning walk through Millvale with Venture Outdoors. Explore Millvale's history and future and check out the artwork around town.
Where: Various locations in Millvale
When: July 2, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
How much: $18
The Independence Day celebration starts Sunday in Lawrenceville with food, games, a farmer's market, face painting and, of course, fireworks. The celebration has been a neighborhood tradition for more than 70 years.
Where: Arsenal Park (Lawrenceville)
When: July 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.