The 4th of July is a holiday marked with cookouts and fireworks, picnics and summer fun. But what about live entertainment? If you’re looking to enjoy some live music as part of your holiday weekend, we’ve got you covered, with plenty of patriotic music being played live over the course of the holiday. Here are the best 4th of July concerts in Pittsburgh this year.
Big Butler Fair
Butler County Fairgrounds
1127 New Castle Road
Prospect, PA 16052
Date: July 1-9, 2016
The largest agricultural fair in the western part of Pennsylvania and always held over the 4th of July, the Big Butler Fair kicks off this year on July 1 and runs through July 9. In addition to fair staples like square dancing, pageants, harness racing and more, the fair will also feature concerts from local talent. The Freedom Fest concert opening night will feature country band Confederate Railroad and singer Chareé White. Another free concert featuring local talent will be held on the 4th, though the lineup has yet to be announced. Local favorites The Clarks will close out the fair’s final night on July 9 at 6 p.m.
An American Celebration: In Honor Of Our Servicemen And Women
Soldiers and Sailors Museum
4141 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Date: July 1, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Start the celebration early and honor those who have served our country with a performance from the Pittsburgh Symphony at the Soldiers and Sailors memorial on July 1 as part of Pittsburgh’s bicentennial celebration. The concert will feature such patriotic tunes as Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” selections from John Williams’ score from the film “Lincoln,” the music of Aaron Copeland, and more. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required to attend. Sing-alongs are encouraged.
Three Rivers Regatta
Point State Park
101 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: July 4, 2016
Ya gotta Regatta for your holiday weekend! Although the annual Three Rivers Regatta is moving most of its annual festivities to early August — the way it was in the past — Pittsburgh’s “official” 4th of July celebration will still go on with food, activities, fireworks and live music. The music begins at 12:30 with East End Kids, a group of local high-school students, who will perform “Pittsburgh Proud,” a show centering around the city’s bicentennial. The music continues with country-rock band Stampede, classic-rock band Gone South, and funk/soul/blues band Jimbo & the Soupbones. The final act before the fireworks will be Warriors Rock presented by Gary Racan & Studio E Band, which will combine live music with interviews with veterans. The veterans will share a song that reminded them of home while they were deployed, which the band will then play live. The performance will close with “God Bless the USA.”
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Mt. Lebanon Main Park
900 Cedar Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Date: July 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Join Mt. Lebanon’s Community Day Celebration for the 4th with games, food and activities starting at noon, followed by a free concert from local folk band Tres Lads at 7:30. And of course, the festivities will include a fireworks display at 9:30. In case of rain, the concert and fireworks will be moved to July 5. If you’re looking to get in a swim, as well, the park’s swim center will be open from noon until 7 p.m.
Fourth Of July At Fort Pitt
Fort Pitt Museum
601 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: July 4, 2016 at 12 p.m.
Spend the 4th at the Fort Pitt Museum, where staff and volunteers will raise the flag and sing the national anthem. Afterwards, enjoy historic 18th-century music and learn about its impact on military life at Fort Pitt, including traditional fife and drum music. Other demonstrations throughout the day include reenactments and rifle and musket demos. The event is a great way to commemorate history, learn something new, and enjoy music from a long-gone era.
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