In most American towns and cities, celebrating the 4th of July means parades, festivities and fireworks. Pittsburgh, PA has all of that and more; it’s a great city to celebrate the 4th with family and friends. Whether you want to partake in a festival downtown, enjoy a parade, enjoy a romantic cruise or just see a spectacular fireworks show, Pittsburgh has the 4th of July celebration you’re looking for.
Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta
July 2-4, 2011
Enjoy free land, air and water entertainment on the banks of the Allegheny River, lawns of Point State Park and the river walk of the North Shore during the 4th of July weekend. Watch the North American Powerboat Championships, the building of huge sand castle sculptures, fireworks and pyrotechnics shows, dragon boats, bike stunt shows, music and kids’ activities. Everything is free, and it’s a lot of fun. This is one of the most fun ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Pittsburgh with the whole family.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
The zoo and aquarium are always fun places to visit, but on the 4th of July, all Military personnel with ID receive free admission and 20% off all gift shop purchases. Enjoy all types of animals and fish, from those found in the African Savannah to the Tropical Rainforest. There’s even a children’s zoo, which has been ranked one of the best in the country. Have fun on the 4th of July by getting outside with the animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
Brentwood 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2011
Brentwood is a lovely family community just 6 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh. Here, they host the largest 4th of July parade in the Pittsburgh region during the day, and the festivities conclude with free fireworks that night. The celebration is so popular, it has its own Facebook page, where you can get updates. The parade takes place on Brownsville Road, with lots of shops and restaurants within walking distance to make the day even more fun. Before the main festivities, Brentwood also hosts a firecracker 5K race, which begins at 8am. Join in if you’re up for the challenge, or sip coffee on the sidelines and cheer the runners on before the heat of the day hits. This is a great family, full-day celebration for the 4th of July.
Gateway Clipper Fleet 4th of July Firecracker Dinner Cruise
July 4, 2011
Board one of four majestic riverboats and cruise down the river while enjoying the summer scenery of Pittsburgh and a delicious meal. You’ll also get to see the 4th of July Pittsburgh fireworks right from the ship to cap off your evening. Celebrate with the Captain’s buffet, live entertainment and views of the Pittsburgh skyline. If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate the 4th of July, this is it.