July 4th is more than fireworks, it is a celebration of America and a patriotic display of togetherness and pride in many communities in the Pittsburgh region. There are a host of venues that will display fireworks and the activities will provide entertainment for all members of the family. Check out a previous list of communities and parks for the big shows of last year. But this year, refer to the list below for some of the best fireworks shows in the Pittsburgh area.
Kennywood Amusement Park
4800 Kennywood Blvd.
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Date: June 30 through July 5, 2013
Kennywood has been a summer ritual for many years to enjoy an exhilarating experience. There is a range entertainment activities and amusement rides for all family members during the day and then the special fireworks display each night to top off a cherished memory. Kennywood is more than action-packed rides and entertainment to generate thrills and chills. It is a way to honor America with a dazzling display of aerial colors and sounds. The pyrotechnic and sky rocket tribute highlights a special Independence Day tradition for kids of all ages.
115 Federal St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Date: June 29, July 13, Aug. 3 and Sept. 14, 2013
There is more than baseball action at PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, with four scheduled fireworks nights. There are two concerts and giveaways to provide interest and zeal for a celebration of winning some important divisional games. After each game, there is a spectacular fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks that may bring not only home runs bursting in the air, but also a Sky Blast fireworks extravaganza after the game. All Pirates fans not attending the game can station themselves on the Roberto Clemente Bridge for a stunning view of the fireworks and a dynamic view of the Pittsburgh skyline.
Beaver County BOOM
99 Bridge St., Suite 4
Bridgewater, PA 15009
Date: June 29, 2013
Join in the community fun for a fantastic fireworks display by Zambelli Internationale to celebrate the observance of Independence Day. Bring a chair or blanket along the banks of the Ohio and Beaver Rivers and enjoy the camaraderie of Beaver County. The tradition of the fireworks program has grown through sponsors, and the display can be found on Beaver County Boom radio for a simulcast of the events. Beaver County prides itself in community affairs and the fireworks presentation has been touted as the biggest and best event of the area. The booming sounds and aerial theatrics will provide another outstanding family experience.
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Point State Park
101 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: July 4, 2013
Join the thousands of patrons to watch and sing a patriotic birthday to our country’s celebration of Independence Day that engages families with festivities and a fireworks display at Point State Park. All day long, the visitors can walk and experience the peaceful vistas of the city and the famous three rivers. Families may enjoy the musical selections and activities, then stop for some refreshment at the multitude of vendors. There are other places near Point State Park to watch the fireworks from various locations on the three rivers and points of interest that aren’t crowded.
Idlewild Amusement Park
Route 30 E.
Ligonier, PA 15658
Date: July 4, 2013
Jump in the car for a short jaunt to the beautiful Laurel Highlands for a fun-filled day of fireworks, amusement rides and the famous Soak Zone. It will be a wonderful experience for all family members to enjoy the park and all the entertainment that is both wet and dry. The park is the perfect setting to experience the fireworks celebration, but make sure to bring a blanket or cuddle up on a bench to view the holiday festivities.
Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.