There are so many ways to enjoy the 4th of July in Pittsburgh! What is your favorite?
Pittsburgh has all the sparkle and festivities for a fun, memorable Independence Day. Starting at noon, bring the family for a full day of FREE entertainment at Point State Park on July 4. EQT’s Flashes of Freedom Celebrate America is Pittsburgh's official 4th of July celebration and features patriotic ceremonies, re-enactments, children's activities such as patriotic crafts and animal balloons, food vendors and more. Hang out by the fountain and enjoy the view during the day, and stay and see the downtown skyline illuminated with the spectacular fireworks display by night. Take in a free concert - Pittsburgh's own Gabby Barrett is headlining from 8-9:30 pm. The EQT Flashes of Freedom Firework Show follows and begins at 9:35 pm.
At noon, be at the Fort Pitt Museum for a flag raising ceremony accompanied by the National Anthem. Fort Pitt Museum is a two-floor museum located in historic Point State Park that tells the story of Western Pennsylvania's pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh. Other events at the museum include 18th-Century re-enactors, rifle and musket demonstrations, fife and drum performances and children's activities. Return in the evening at 5:30 pm for a live reading of the Declaration of Independence! Regular admission fees apply.
Heinz Field, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh Panthers football teams, brings their 17th annual festival to the North Shore, featuring live music, food and fun. Admission is free and it opens at noon.
If you've never been to see the Pittsburgh Riverhounds play, now is the time. They are a professional team and part of the of the Eastern Conference. Since 2013, the Riverhounds have played their home games at Highmark Stadium in Station Square. They play on July 4 at 7 pm against North Carolina.
Every year Kennywood hosts a five day Independence Day celebration with a hot dog eating contest, special entertainment, a wiener dog race and of course nightly fireworks! Fireworks run from June 30th through July 4th for Kennywood’s Celebrate America event. Plus, at the gate, military (active duty, retired, and veterans) receive free admission and can purchase up to 5 additional tickets at half-off the regular military family/friends price!
Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of July 4th on the Three Rivers. There is no better view of the city's Independence Day Celebration Fireworks than aboard one of their riverboats!
The One Hour Sightseeing Cruise featuring expert narration is the best way to enjoy an amazing view of the fireworks, our beautiful city and the huge crowds at Point State Park. Want to enjoy dinner and dancing with your fireworks view? Take the Firecracker Dinner Cruise and enjoy the Captain's buffet, a DJ, full service bar and unique views of Pittsburgh's Celebrate America fireworks display.
On July 4 The Frick is open from 10 am-5 pm and would love to have you celebrate with them. Arrive early to tour the historic Clayton house, see the Van Gogh, Monet, Degas exhibition in The Frick Art Museum and visit the Car and Carriage Museum. The Café will have an outdoor hotdog bar with gourmet toppings and refreshments, and from 12-2 pm Christopher Mark Jones & The Roots Ensemble will play live folk, blues and Americana music on the lawn. Pack a picnic blanket and stop by! Regular admission rates apply.
Suzie McGrane is an avid Pirates fan, has a sweet tooth, is a world traveler and has a big disco ball in her cellar. She’s been known to dance around her office on Friday afternoons.