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Get ready to celebrate the red, white and blue this Independence Day with 4th of July celebrations that promise not to disappoint. Pittsburgh and its neighboring communities host some of the most fun and patriotic parties throughout the region, which range from summer festivals with amazing firework displays to unique educational events that celebrate the history of our region and our country. If you prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, there’s even a spot that will help you kick back and relax over 4th of July weekend. If you’re looking for the best 4th of July parties in Pittsburgh, you’ve got plenty to pick from with these five considered among the best in the city.

Big Butler Fair
Big Butler Fairgrounds
1127 New Castle Road
Prospect, PA 16052
(724) 865-2400

Date: June 27 through July 5, 2014

The highlight of the Big Butler Fair—its fireworks—won’t begin until dusk on the 4th of July, but there are tons of patriotic activities to participate in over the week leading up to Independence Day. The Big Butler Fair is among one of the region’s best summer festivals with its family-friendly fun, delicious fair food and midway rides and games. This year’s fair will be held in conjunction with the Y108 Freedom Fest and Country Music Festival, which will take placed on July 5 at 6 p.m. Joe Diffie and Charee White will put on a concert that will end your 4thof July celebration with a bang.

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

Date: July 1-6, 2014

Summer at Kennywood Park has become a Pittsburgh tradition. Now make the park’s Celebrate America Festival a part of your family’s 4th of July festivities for years to come by honoring the red, white and blue from July 1-6. Experience Kennywood Park like never before with patriotic music, daily live entertainment, antique cars and nightly firework shows. Visit your local Giant Eagle location to find out how you can save $10 off gate admissions with special store coupons.

Revolutionary Fort Pitt
Fort Pitt Museum
601 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-1764

Date: July 4-6, 2014

A ceremonial flag raising launches the Revolutionary Fort Pitt 4th of July event at the historic Fort Pitt Museum. A part of the Fort Pitt Museum’s Living History Program, this event promises to be educational and entertaining. Over the course of this weekend-long celebration, you’ll learn about our country’s past with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Experience daily solider life with reenactments featuring musket drills, canon firings and marching, all of which commence with a breathtaking fireworks display from the Point. Revolutionary Fort Pitt is held in conjunction with the Heinz History Center.

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4th of July Fireworks Display
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
1001 Lafayette Drive
Farmington, PA 15437
(724) 329-8555

Dates: July 4-6, 2014

Head roughly 1.5 hours southeast of the city to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort for its annual 4th of July fireworks display. This highly-rated resort is a great choice for a weekend getaway as it offers plenty of activities to help guests of all ages celebrate Independence Day. While its official fireworks display will take place on July 4 after dark, the party continues through Sunday with a variety of 4th of July-themed events, activities and fun. Rejuvenate and celebrate your 4th of July at the beautiful Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

July 4th Fireworks Blowout
Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 327-3400

Date: July 4, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Those 4th of July firework displays are certainly amazing, but have you ever wondered about the science behind these beautiful explosions? If so, don’t miss the Carnegie Science Center’s July 4th Fireworks Blowout event where you’ll learn all about how fireworks work. You’ll also have the chance to explore the science center’s four floors of exhibits and hands-on activities, view an Omnimax movie, explore the Highmark SportsWorks and catch a cool laser show. Lawn seats are priced at $39 per person and include free parking plus a soda and popcorn.

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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