Events Drawing People To Pittsburgh For 4th Of July Weekend

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — You can’t miss the stage inside PNC Park rising above the batter’s eye, waiting for the downbeat.

“We’ll open the lots at 4 o’clock for Billy Joel fans to park,” said Ralph Reetz with Alco Parking.

The event rate is $40. Organizers are hoping to get fans out of the lots an hour after the concert ends.

“We have our crew ready to come in as soon as those fans are out of there we’ll have it cleaned up the next morning ready for Kenny Chesney fans,” Reetz said.

Of course the lots won’t open for the Chesney faithful until the afternoon.

“Used to be, we’d open early in the morning, we’ve cut that back to five hours before so we’ll open at one and there will still be plenty of time to tailgate,” Reetz said.

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Chesney fans will pay $50. Every car getting a garbage and a recycling bag as they enter the lots, and Reetz said most fans are cooperative.

“Once the concert starts we’ll sweep the lot and everyone is there we’ll be told to go to the concert or they will be asked to leave,” he said.

While Kenny is rocking Heinz Field, the clean up crews will be doing some initial clean up which they’ll complete after the fans leave Saturday night.

“Monday we’ll open the lots at noon for the fireworks and it will be $10 dollars,” said Reetz.

That’s the same time the free festivities will begin in Point State Park, with music and food all day.

“No matter when you come down there will be things to do, but the earlier the better to stake your spot to watch the fireworks,” said Darcy Kucenic with Peony Entertainment.

They’re expecting a half million people to be in position for the fireworks.

“Fountain side of the park is definitely the best vantage point. At two o’clock Monday afternoon the festivities at Heinz Field’s 15th Annual Fourth of July Party gets rolling. Music, food, and games all leading up to the fireworks at the point,” said Derek Weber with Peony Entertainment.

“Our EQT Flashes of Freedom show as named one of the top 10 Fourth of July fireworks shows in the United States,” Kucenic said.

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