PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With the Fourth of July weekend upon us, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to crowd Downtown and the North Shore.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have home games all weekend.
Heinz Field will host a Fourth of July celebration Friday.
The “furries” are in town for the annual Anthrocon convention.
And Friday night’s fireworks are expected to draw a huge crowd, especially because the weather is expected to be so nice.
Michael Dongilli from the Regatta advises people to get Downtown early to park or take advantage of fringe lots and then use public transportation.
“If you can’t get here early and that’s the first thing we would advise you to do is to get down here early, take advantage of the fringe lots that are in and around the city. Maybe take the T over if you can. It’s going to be a great day – enjoy a nice brisk walk through the city,” Dongilli said.
Also, he says security will be stricter about what people are bringing into Point State Park after some people brought fireworks into the park last year.
“No alcohol in the park. No fireworks in the park. We had several issues with that last year, and it just scares people when people do things like that,” said Dongilli.
Boaters during the day will be able to dock on the Mon side of the park, but not the Allegheny side.
Police are reminding drivers that they cannot park or stop on the bridges or ramps to watch fireworks. Police will be out on patrol and will cite people for stopping.
The inbound only side of the Fort Pitt Tunnel will close in advance of the fireworks at 9 p.m.
Also, some streets on Mount Washington could be shut down by police because of fireworks crowds.
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