Baseball, apple pie, and fireworks on the Fourth of July--you can’t get much more American than that!
Few cities do Fourth of July fireworks like Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. In fact, we do it so well here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, it’s tough to choose which 4th of July activities to participate in and where to go to watch July 4th fireworks! If only we could be in multiple places at once…
While we can’t help you on cloning yourself to catch each great Fourth of July fireworks display, we can save you the trouble of finding all the places to participate in Fourth of July events and narrow down your Independence Day options. If you plan to spend your July 4th in Pittsburgh, read on!
1. Downtown Pittsburgh
The City of Pittsburgh will host Fourth of July fireworks and a variety of 4th of July activities at Point State Park and other locations in the city center. Activities begin at 12:00 p.m. with fireworks at 9:35 p.m. There are many great locations to watch from, including the Point, Carnegie Science Center, or high up on Mt. Washington. But be forewarned! Parking and traffic will be a doozy.
Fourth of July fireworks aren’t just limited to one night at Kennywood! Fireworks run from June 30th through July 4th for Kennywood’s Celebrate America event. Not only does the event supply a great fireworks show, but also a large array of 4th of July activities during the day. Other highlights include the Silver Star Meats Hot Dog Eating Contest and the Wiener 100 dachshund races.
This will be Canonsburg’s 53rd July 4th fireworks celebration! An event going strong for 53 years will surely not disappoint. Activities will start in the morning and last all day with fireworks at 9:45 pm. Check out the full schedule of events.
4. South Fayette & Upper St. Clair
Want to watch your Fourth of July fireworks from the relaxing setting of a park? The Township of Upper St. Clair and South Fayette Township will be hosting fireworks at dusk on July 4th. Watch them from Boyce Mayview Park for the best view.
5. Ford City
For the 3rd year now, Ford City contributes to the Fourth of July events in the area with their SummerFest. Although SummerFest runs July 1st-July 4th, their fireworks are only on the last night of the event, July 4th! Check out the full list of SummerFest activities.
The Big Butler Fair has been pleasing attendees for 160 years. The fair runs from July 1st to July 9th, with the annual Fourth of July fireworks at dusk on July 4th. Check out the full schedule of events The Big Butler Fair has to offer.
A short drive from Pittsburgh is Idlewild & Soakzone! Spend the day at the park with family and friends then stick around for fireworks at 9:30.
So there you have it: the best places around Pittsburgh to catch a July Fourth fireworks show. To maximize your 4th of July fireworks fun, consider hitting Kennywood’s Celebrate America before Independence Day and catch an early fireworks show! Veterans and active duty and retired military get in free during the event, and there are also steep discounts for the general public! Plan your visit today!
Kennywood is America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park! The Pittsburgh-area park offers a unique mix of modern thrills and classic rides, including seven roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and several attractions that cannot be found anywhere else. Kennywood, founded in 1898, continues to provide unforgettable fun for all ages.
Sandcastle Waterpark has been providing summer fun for 28 seasons. Sandcastle offers funs for all ages with 15 infamous waterslides, the wild Mon-Tsunami Wave Pool, scenic Mushroom Pool, relaxing Lazy River, pint-sized Tad Pool, and Wet Willie's Waterworks.
Idlewild & SoakZone, founded in 1878 as a picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road, is the longest-operating amusement park in Pennsylvania and third-oldest in America. It has been recognized as the world's best children's park by Amusement Today.