By Janelle Sheetz

Fireworks, picnics, summer nights — Independence Day is the ultimate summer holiday, and Pittsburgh has plenty of ways for you to celebrate it. Whether you want to spend it in a park or literally on the river, here are five of the best Independence Day events in Pittsburgh this summer. And of course, fireworks are included.

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Celebrate America
Point State Park
601 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Date: July 4, 2017 at 12 p.m.

Enjoy food, live entertainment, and family activities at Point State Park’s Celebrate America party. Of course, the night will end with the annual display of EQT’s Flashes of Freedom fireworks at sunset, approximately 9 p.m. The event is free and open to anyone.

4th of July Celebration
Heinz Field
100 Art Rooney Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 697-7150

Date: July 4, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Celebrate America with the city’s biggest Independence Day party at Heinz Field, with food, live entertainment, activities, and a great view for the annual fireworks display from Point State Park. The Cadillac Three and other musicians will be performing live, and there will be plenty of fun activities for the kids. The event is free.

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4th of July Cruise
Gateway Clipper
350 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 355-7980

Date: July 4, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

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It doesn’t get much better than a celebration on the water. Spend your Independence Day on the Gateway Clipper, Pittsburgh’s fleet of riverboat cruises. The event comes complete with a DJ and buffet dinner, plus a great view for the fireworks display from Point State Park. Boarding begins at 6:30, while the cruise sets off at 7:30. The cruise costs $70.

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Celebrate America
Kennywood Park
4800 Kennywood Blvd.
West Mifflin, PA 15122
(412) 461-0500

Date: June 29 to July 4, 2017

Kennywood Park gives you multiple opportunities to celebrate the 4th of July. The week long event kicks off on June 29 and will include Zambelli fireworks every night, the Weiner 100 dachshund race, hot-dog-eating contest, live entertainment, and more. Active duty military, retired military, and veterans get in free with a valid ID.

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Summer Concert Series
Rivers Casino
777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 231-0777

Date: July 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Given that they’re pretty much always open, casinos are bound to throw a good party, and Rivers Casino is no exception. And with the summer comes, of course, the casino’s free outdoor Summer Concert Series, featuring local favorites No Bad JuJu on the 4th of July, along with local The Voice contestant Chris Jameson. Check the website for a full list of events.

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