PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio1020 KDKA) – The Fourth of July is always a big Holiday weekend for families.
Most people eat, drink and picnic during the day, but the best way to celebrate is with some fireworks.
In Pittsburgh there’s the annual Regatta that runs over the Fourth of July weekend which includes water activities, food and wraps up with a beautiful fireworks display.
And although Pittsburghers might say we have the best fireworks, we decided to dig a little deeper.
Odysseas Papadimitriou, of WalletHub.com, who compiled a list of 2014’s Best and Worst Cities for Fourth of July Celebrations. The list breaks down 100 cities and ranked overall by factoring in three categories: food and entertainment; attractions and recreation/outdoor activities; and weather forecast for July 4.
“Pittsburgh ranks No. 15 and we looked at the 100 largest cities and with 50 being average. I would say that Pittsburgh is way, way above average, so I think that what you would expect and what we have found out really aren’t that far apart,” Papadimitriou said.
Other cities didn’t fare so well, like Durham North Carolina. A few North Carolina cities are towards the bottom of the list. Although it didn’t seem fitting considering there are so many popular vacation spots there.
“When we did the survey we weren’t expecting the hurricanes which actually would make it a little worse. But I think that a lot of North Carolina cities are towards the bottom, the seem not to be very friendly in terms of walking around and doing a lot of things out doors,” Papadimitriou said.
So what can Pittsburgh do to improve its ranking?
“A lot of things really stand out I think if there was one area that you could improve a little it’s bringing down the price of alcohol,” Papadimitriou said.
Listen to the entire interview below: