PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A lot of people plan ahead when it comes to finding that perfect place to see the fireworks Downtown.

If you haven’t staked out your spot yet, here are some good options.

The Fourth of July fireworks Downtown draw a huge crowd every year.

So, finding the perfect position to catch all the action can be a bit of challenge.

If you like the big boomers up close and personal, your best option is probably Point State Park.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of people there and it’s kind of in the center of the whole valley, so you can kind of see everything coming from all sides,” Brian Crawford said.

Later, the grass will be covered with people on blankets and lawn chairs.

This year, you can also stake out a space near the fountain, since it’s back up and running.

Another place to set up for a close view is the North Shore along the riverwalk.

“Just see the city in the background and the reflections off the rivers and it’s really nice,” Doug Guest said.

The next location will not come as a surprise – Mt. Washington.

You’ll be able to see fireworks lighting up the city from just about anywhere along Grandview Avenue.

A lot of the restaurants on Mt. Washington are already booked, but if you’re lucky, you may be able to snag a reservation at a table close to the windows.

Another option not far from Mt. Washington is the West End Overlook.

Some say this is the perfect perch.

If setting up shop at the Overlook is your plan, don’t waste time getting there because space typically fills up fast.

You can also claim a spot at Station Square or if you’re looking for something a bit farther away and a little more low key, try Grandview Golf Course in Braddock.

No matter what you decide, leave early. Between the fireworks, all the Regatta activities and the Pirates in town, the city will be packed.

Also, don’t forget to keep parking in mind. If the T is an option, you may want to consider that. If not, there is an app you can download to help you find a parking spot. It’s called, Park PGH and it gives you real time parking availability for at least the garages in the Cultural District.


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