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Thousands Celebrate The 4th Of July Downtown

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Hundreds of thousands of people were downtown to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.

The weather couldn’t have been better and with so many events to pick from, Downtown was packed all day long.

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, they’re the pros of these floats,” Regatta Spokesperson Mike Fetchko said.

At PNC Park, some spent the holiday watching the Pirates take on the Phillies.

An all-day Fourth of July celebration happened at Heinz Field. That party was headlined by country music singer Jerrod Neimann.

However, not everyone was 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.

And the large crowds did present some problems.

“After all the fuss two weeks ago for the concert, there were no bathrooms, not a single port-a-potty for us to use the bathroom,” said Ashley from Mt. Lebanon. “We had to go to the T station and there was no toilet paper, the line was a mile long. I waited in line a half an hour to use the restroom. There was not a single trash can or dumpster to throw our trash.”

The huge crowd also meant gridlocked traffic after the fireworks show, as thousands made their way out of the city.

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