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The 4th of July in the Pittsburgh region is synonymous with the fireworks display season. There are many neighborhoods involved in the festivities of Independence Day and what better what to celebrate with friends and family in a sign of pride and community. The venues bring a gathering of people to share the excitement of the fireworks on blankets, chairs and anything that makes the viewing a comfortable experience. There are locations displaying the Zambelli Fireworks Internationale and myriad of other companies for a dazzling, energetic and exhilarating program that seems to bring a wow factor each year. No matter where the fireworks are located, it offers a chance to enjoy an aerial extravaganza of booms, blasts and colorful entertainment.

Beaver County BOOM
99 Bridge St.
Beaver, PA 15009
www.pushbeavercounty.org

Date: June 27, 2015 at 9:45

If you are looking for a jump start to the 4th of July holiday, then plan a trip to Beaver County and the acclaimed Beaver County Boom. The fireworks on display are under the auspices of the Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, and the unique show takes place on barges where the Beaver and Ohio Rivers meet. It is a first class show and in its fifth year of providing grandiose entertainment and the Country Style motto goes well beyond the fireworks display, as the whole show is choreographed on your radio dial. Get your most comfortable chairs, blankets or benches and the best viewing area to witness a patriotic salute to America in a  fireworks show that is equivalent to the best in the country.

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Monroeville Mall
200 Mall Circle Drive
Monroeville, PA 15146
(412) 856-3334
www.monroeville.pa.us

Date: July 4, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.

Join the Fourth of July celebration at the Monroeville Mall for a fun day of festivities, games, contests, parade and fireworks. Bring your best red, white and blue for a pure show of patriotism and that includes your pets, floats, bikes and wagons and be part of the massive display of unity and pride in America. Bring out all the decorations of flags, holiday accessories and balloons as a participant or spectator. The best part of the celebration is the much awaited fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, so get there early to shop, watch the parade, and then settle in the mall parking lot and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show.

Point State Park
601 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh,PA 15222
(412) 471-0235
www.pittsburgh-downtown.com/july-4th

Date: July 4, 2015 at 9:35 p.m.

Gather family and friends for a fireworks show at the Point and watch the the colorful rockets boom and explode their way into the Allegheny River. The historical meeting at the three rivers and the impressive fountain sets up an occasion with memories of all the past and present events that bring neighborhoods together on Independence Day. There is enough green space to spread out a blanket and relax or take a stroll along the river, bike, hike or engage in tossing a frisbee or ball with the family or listen to an array of musical acts. This will be the perfect time to view the architecture, culture and history of Pittsburgh, and then settle down and patiently wait for the impressive fireworks to highlight a special day of honoring America. An integral part of the festivities is the annual EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and the Formula One power boat races, and that is a bevy of entertainment for a special holiday treat.

Moon Township Independence Day
1350 Joe DeNardo Way
Moon Township, PA 15108
(412) 262-1703
www.moonparks.org

Date: July 4, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.

You don’t have to travel the sky to find Moon Park for the Zambelli Fireworks Internationale display, which is a well-respected leader of the dazzling aerial shows that has showcased entertainment, cheers and claps of joys for many years in the Pittsburgh region. Well before the sparkling arrays of colors and thunderous booms, families will be entertained with a host of attractions. There are activities for kids, food, music, performances and a chance to stop at a vendor for a memorable gift to remember Independence Day. As the day wears on and dusk is soon to settle, the anticipation of the famous fireworks by Zambelli will send a message to find the perfect spot to watch the fireworks.

Kennywood Amusement Park
4800 Kennywood Blvd.
West Mifflin, PA 15122
(412) 461-0500
www.kennywood.com

Date: July 1 through July 5, 2015

The Fourth of July celebration at the park is an annual affair, and Celebrate America is a patriotic way to express America’s independence. There are a host of activities at the park for families to enjoy and that includes world-famous attractions and roller coasters to inspire an interest to defy the speed and contortions at each turn, twist, dip and drop. All of this gets started on June 30 with the lovable hot dog race and contest that is a traditional crowd-pleaser. All of the entertainment at the park is followed by the fireworks, which occurs nightly and what a great way to share with others from the various communities to watch the sky light up in myriad of colors, sparkles  and loud booms. Be sure to check out the special coupon from Giant Eagle locations for admission to the park, and you will be ensured to not only save money, but get a big bang for your buck.

Robinson Township Fireworks
5559 Steubenville Pike
McKees Rocks, PA 15136
(412) 788-8120
www.townshipofrobinson.com

Date: July 4, 2015 at dusk

Bring your cozy fireworks watching equipment or unravel the blankets and hitch-up the  chairs to watch the sky light up with Pyrotecnico Services. The display will take place at the Burkett Sports & Recreation Complex and the fireworks show will be a wonderful time to share with family, friends and communities. The detonation of the sky rockets will be ablaze of colors, shapes and sounds, which are indicative of the imagination of the company, and that makes for a different way to experience the fireworks. Well after the finale and new memories are made, it will be an historic adventure of the patriotism and courage of our country, and the fireworks will serve as a reminder of our precious independence.

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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.

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