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July 4th Celebrations Underway Downtown

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Hundreds of thousands of people are expected in downtown Pittsburgh to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.

The weather couldn’t be better and with so many events to pick from, Downtown will be a busy place.

Some revelers came out early for an EQT Three Rivers Regatta tradition – the “Anything That Floats Race.”

“We’re really excited, we’re hoping for a win,” Laura Kelly said. “All of these boats look amazing.”

All participants were hoping to stay afloat and win some cash for their charity of choice.

“It gives a chance for all the people in the area to get in the river. You don’t have to be a power boat, you don’t have to be a jet ski pro. Today, theyre the pros of these floats,” Regatta Spokesperson Mike Fetchko said.

At PNC Park, some will spend the holiday watching the Pirates take on the Phillies. First pitch there is at 5:05 p.m.

An all-day Fourth of July celebration is underway at Heinz Field. That party will be headlined by country music singer Jerrod Neimann at 8:15 p.m.

However, not everyone will be sporting red, white and blue.

The furries are in town for the annual Anthrocon convention after spending all year perfecting their costumes.

“It’s just fun dressing up and interacting with the public. It’s just a rush to do it,” one furry said.

If you’re planning on heading into town, there are some road closures to be aware of.

  • The Clemente Bridge closed at 10 a.m.
  • Federal Street also closed at 10 a.m. from General Robinson Street to the Clemente Bridge.
  • Commonwealth Place closed starting at noon between Fort Duquesne Boulevard and New Penn.

There are also some parking restrictions in place.

Of course, the highlight of this Fourth of July celebration is the EQT Flashes of Freedom fireworks show, which begins at 9:35 p.m.

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