Summer has officially begun, and that means the Fourth of July is just around the corner. From cookouts and swimming to concerts and fireworks shows, nobody does Independence Day quite like Pittsburgh. Now is the time to begin planning this special day in order to ensure you see the best of what's happening around the city.
Not sure where to begin when it comes to planning your Fourth of July? Check out these popular and exciting events in the Pittsburgh area.
EQT Flashes of Freedom: Celebrate America
As Pittsburgh's official Independence Day celebration, the EQT Flashes of Freedom event is the biggest and best in the city. The festival features entertaining bands that play great music throughout the day. Food vendors offer some of those incredible festival foods you find yourself craving during the summer months, and the U.S. Air Force does a flyover. The event also caters to the younger crowd by offering face painting, make-and-take crafts, balloon animals, and even a bit of entertainment by Uncle Sam himself. Finish the night off with a spectacular fireworks show you won't soon forget.
This event is completely free to the public, and will be held at Point State Park on July 4 beginning at noon. The fireworks show starts at 9:35 p.m. For more information, check out the official EQT Flashes of Freedom website.
Canonsburg Fourth of July Parade and Celebration
Just 30 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, Canonsburg is the place to be for an Independence Day celebration of epic proportions. Every year, this city hosts the second-largest Fourth of July event in Pennsylvania, and people come from near and far just to take part in the festivities.
The people of Canonsburg kick off their celebrations early, beginning with the Whiskey Rebellion 5K run at 7:45 a.m. At 10 a.m., they move onto the traditional Independence Day parade which is a huge hit with the locals. Games, activities, and entertainment are available throughout the day at Town Park, and the fireworks show begins at 10 p.m.
There is no charge for this event, which is held on July 4 in various locations throughout Canonsburg. Check out their website for more details.
Big Butler Fair
A long-time Pennsylvania tradition, the 162nd-annual Big Butler Fair is an excellent place to spend your Independence Day holiday. This fair is enormous and is considered by many to be the best fair in the country. The usual fair food and beverages are available, and rides and games are standing by to amuse the young (and the young at heart). Animals, concerts, and other entertainment are also available, making it well worth the 45-minute drive out of Pittsburgh.
The fair also plays host to a few special Fourth of July activities including a Bike Night, several free concerts, and a fireworks display you won't want to miss. Fireworks begin at dusk, so be sure you are set up in time to catch them, and grab your free giant sundae before you head out at the end of the night.
Admission to the fair is between $7 and $9 per person depending on when and where the tickets are purchased. Ride tickets are sold separately, but fireworks viewing is free with general admission. This event is held at the Butler Fairgrounds beginning at 9:00 a.m. See their website for a detailed schedule.
As you can see, there is plenty to see and do when you're in Pittsburgh for the Fourth of July. Which event will you attend? No matter which one you choose, you and your family are sure to have an amazing time celebrating America.