PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio1020 KDKA) – The Fourth of July is always a big Holiday weekend for families.

Most people eat, drink and picnic during the day, but the best way to celebrate is with some fireworks.

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In Pittsburgh there’s the annual Regatta that runs over the Fourth of July weekend which includes water activities, food and wraps up with a beautiful fireworks display.

And although Pittsburghers might say we have the best fireworks, we decided to dig a little deeper.

Odysseas Papadimitriou, of WalletHub.com, who compiled a list of 2014’s Best and Worst Cities for Fourth of July Celebrations. The list breaks down 100 cities and ranked overall by factoring in three categories: food and entertainment; attractions and recreation/outdoor activities; and weather forecast for July 4.

“Pittsburgh ranks No. 15 and we looked at the 100 largest cities and with 50 being average. I would say that Pittsburgh is way, way above average, so I think that what you would expect and what we have found out really aren’t that far apart,” Papadimitriou said.

Other cities didn’t fare so well, like Durham North Carolina. A few North Carolina cities are towards the bottom of the list. Although it didn’t seem fitting considering there are so many popular vacation spots there.

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“When we did the survey we weren’t expecting the hurricanes which actually would make it a little worse. But I think that a lot of North Carolina cities are towards the bottom, the seem not to be very friendly in terms of walking around and doing a lot of things out doors,” Papadimitriou said.

So what can Pittsburgh do to improve its ranking?

“A lot of things really stand out I think if there was one area that you could improve a little it’s bringing down the price of alcohol,” Papadimitriou said.

Listen to the entire interview below:


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