There’s nothing better than breathtaking fireworks displayed on the 4th of July and these Independence Day parties promise not to disappoint. From wet-and-wild nights on the water to family-friendly patriotic celebrations and poolside karaoke fun especially for adults, you’re sure to find a 4th of July party that will deliver an evening of fun and festivities. If you’re tired of the typical ho-hum neighborhood fireworks show, celebrate America’s independence with these 4th of July parties sure to set off your nightlife with a bang.
2013 EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta
Allegheny River and Point State Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Date: July 2-4, 2013
The 2013 EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta combines the excitement of a traditional 4th of July celebration with the roaring action of powerboat races, sand sculpture displays, high-flying canines, music and more. Come for the day’s “Anything That Floats” race and stay for EQT “Flashes of Freedom” Fireworks Fantasia show, which is consistently rated among the country’s best fireworks displays. This year’s fireworks display will honor the men and women of the military, fire, police and EMT during a 24-minute show choreographed to music by Zambelli Fireworks. Admission to the 2013 EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is free.
Gateway Clipper Fourth of July Dinner
350 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Date: July 4, 2013
Wish America a happy birthday aboard the Gateway Clipper, one of Pittsburgh’s iconic riverboats, during an evening dinner cruise on the city’s three rivers. For $60 per person, you’ll enjoy a dinner buffet of Virginia ham, chicken breast, pasta, salad, veggies, dessert and coffee or tea. Keep cool while sailing the waters to live entertainment by Phil N Roxy Trio beneath the city skyline and fireworks. Make your 4th of July dinner reservations online by visiting www.gatewayclipper.com where you can also purchase appetizers, a bottle of wine, balloons or chocolates to make this Independence Day one to remember.
Heinz Field Fourth of July Celebration
100 Art Rooney Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Date: July 4, 2013
Mix in some black and gold with your red, white and blue festivities at the Heinz Field Fourth of July Celebration. Stadium gates will open at 2 p.m. to welcome Pittsburghers to an afternoon of family-friendly food and games, including fireworks, patriotic celebrations and free concerts throughout the day concluding with a show by country band Florida Georgia Line. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Steelers specialty retail stores and novelty stands located throughout the stadium. Admission to this patriotic party is free and open to all ages.
West Lincoln Ave.
McDonald, PA 15057
Date: June 29 through July 6, 2013
McDonald’s McSummerfest event will return for its 21st year this summer with festivities kicking off on June 29 and running through July 6 in McDonald’s Heritage Park. An Independence Day celebration featuring Zambelli Fireworks, nightly entertainment, food and drink specials and carnival rides and games are on the schedule for July 4th. Admission and parking for McSummerfest 2013 is free. It is sponsored by the McDonald’s Volunteer Fire Department.
Sherwood Event Center
400 Sherwood Road
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Date: July 4, 2013
This weekly concert series kicks it up 4th of July with a poolside party that’s sure to help you beat the heat. Enjoy tropical-inspired drinks, dancing and karaoke at the Sherwood Event Center pool where you can sing, dance and drink to America’s freedom. Summer Breeze is an event designed for adults ages 25 and older.
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.