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Pyrofest Celebrates Memorial Day With Fireworks

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Millions of Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks.

But a New Castle company wants Pittsburghers to observe Memorial Day in the same way.

It’s safe to say Pittsburgh loves its pyrotechnics.

“Get ready for a great event and American’s largest fireworks festival,” said Event Director Derek Weber.

For the third straight year, Pyrofest comes to Hartwood Acres in Allison Park.

“It’s going to be a great day of entertainment,” said Weber.

While their focus has been on getting ready for the past couple of days, it’s more than setting up launch tubes for the fireworks.

“A kids zone with a climbing wall, inflatables, a make and take – different things that they are going to have,” said Weber. “Basically starting 3-o-clock and on all the way to 11-o-clock. It’s going to be non-stop.”

And you won’t wait for darkness for the shows to start. Two of the six performances will be during the day, long before the main event Saturday night – including a salute to the US Military members.

“We will cap it off with Ricasso, who came in from Spain to do a display,” Weber. “He’s done the Olympics before and he’s kind of world famous in the pyrotechnic community.”

Fireworks will be set to music, including the world premiere of the show called “Whole Lotta Love,” which features pop love songs from Beyonce to the Beatles and even a little Guns ‘N Roses mixed in for good measure.

“We want to make this an annual Pittsburgh tradition over Memorial Day weekend and we plan on keep doing it year in and year out and making bigger and better every year,” said Weber.

Pyrofest opens at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hartwood Acres in Allison Park.

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