Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in Pittsburgh in 2023

Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in Pittsburgh in 2023

Whip out your red, white and blue and head to Pittsburgh this Fourth of July! Check out these spectacular 4th of July events happening in Pittsburgh in 2023.

Header Image Credit: Dave DiCello

Attend the Independence Day Celebration at Point State Park

Experience Pittsburgh’s largest Fourth of July firework display during the City of Pittsburgh Independence Day Celebration from 4-10 p.m. on July 4. 

Start your day at Fort Pitt Museum for a flag raising ceremony at 1 p.m. followed by family-friendly activities like cannon-firing and martial music until 4 p.m. Then the main event kicks off at 4 p.m. with local and nationally touring acts across three stages in Point State Park, North Shore Great Lawn and Liberty Avenue. The holiday celebration features a C-17 flyover, hot air balloon, food truck corral and kids’ activities including face painting, caricatures, interactive displays and more.

The fireworks display begins at 9:35 p.m. lighting up the skyline for a jaw-dropping 25-minute celebration!

Musical entertainment at the Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate America at Kennywood

Every July, Kennywood offers an array of thrilling activities to celebrate Independence Day. With its seven roller coasters, including the record-breaking Steel Curtain, and dozens of other rides, plenty of adrenaline is guaranteed. The Fourth of July celebrations starting July 1 through Independence Day feature all this and more:

  • Fireworks July 3 & 4
  • Patriotic Music
  • Contests
  • The annual Wiener 100 dachshund race

Visit Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village 

Have a historic Fourth of July to remember with special activities at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village. An affiliate museum of the Senator John Heinz History Center, Meadowcroft is the oldest known site of human habitation in North America. 

Celebrate the spirit of America on Sunday July 2, 2023 with historical demonstrations and period games at Meadowcroft’s 18th-century frontier and 19th-century rural village. Throughout the day, visitors can also explore the prehistoric wonders of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter.

Meadowcroft Independence Day Celebration

Have a Fourth of July to remember with special activities at Meadowcroft!

Celebrate Independence Day with star-spangled science!

Tuesday, July 4, 6–11 pm

Secure the perfect view of Pittsburgh’s beautiful fireworks in an explosively fun way at the Carnegie Science Center! Tickets include a reserved viewing area for the massive fireworks show across the river at 9:35 p.m., a movie and popcorn in The Rangos Giant Cinema, a Fourth of July show in the planetarium, live entertainment, cash bar, and four floors of exhibits.

July 4th: Explosive Science!

Experience star-spangled science and the best view for fireworks right here at the Science Center!

Celebrate America’s Birthday Aboard the Gateway Clipper

Board one of Gateway Clipper Fleet's riverboats and celebrate the 4th of July out on the water — Pittsburgh style! Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of July 4th on the Three Rivers. 

The dinner cruise features a fantastic Independence Day Buffet, music, dancing and a fabulous view of the fireworks! Or, go on a one-hour Fireworks Cruise for the best view in the city to enjoy the sights and sounds.

A red, white and blue tour boat sails along one of Pittsburgh's three rivers with the skyline in the background

More Allegheny County Fireworks

Can't make it down to the Point for the spectacular? Not to worry! Here's some other places and times you can find fireworks shows throughout Allegheny County:

  • July 1: 
    • Carnegie - Carnegie Park after sunset
    • Lawrenceville - Arsenal Park at dusk. Live music, baseball/softball games and kids activities throughout the day.
  • July 3: 
    • Findlay - 200th Anniversary celebration at Recreation and Sports Complex at Leopold Lake at 9:45 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. with music, food, airbrush artists and giveaways
  • July 4: 
    • Mt. Lebanon - Mt. Lebanon Main Park at 9 p.m. Live music, food, music, games and baseball/softball games throughout the day.
    • Crafton - Crafton Park at 9:30 p.m.
    • Monroeville - Monroeville Mall Annex at dusk
    • Brentwood - Brentwood Park at 9:30 p.m.
    • Scott - Scott Park at 9:30 p.m.
    • South Fayette & Upper St. Clair - Fairview Park and Boyce Mayview Park at 9:30 p.m. 
    • Moon - Moon Park at 10 p.m. Family Fun starting at 4 p.m. with a petting zoo and inflatables. Live music.
    • Robinson - Burkett Park at dusk
    • Shaler - Kiwanis Park at dusk