Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the Fourth of July weekend! Highlights of this weekend include the EQT Three Rivers Regatta, Fourth of July celebrations citywide, and the Big Butler Fair! Plus, if you’re Downtown, you might even be able to spot some FURRIES, in town for Anthrocon 2014 :)!
All Weekend, July 4-6
Celebrate America at Kennywood
Kennywood is celebrating America throughout the weekend with daily entertainment and a fireworks display in the evenings. Pick up your Giant Eagle coupon before going to the park.
Times: 10:30am-10pm (fireworks at 9:45 pm)
Cost: See here for details on cost (it’s complicated). Pick up Giant Eagle coupon in advance to save money on admission.
Location: 4800 Kennywood Blvd. West Mifflin, PA 15122
Fort Pitt Fourth of July Celebrations
Fort Pitt will be hosting several historical activities to commemorate our nation’s birthday. At 11am on July 4th, they will hold a special Fourth of July ceremony with a raising of a historical American flag replica, a performance of the Star-Spangled Banner, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Fort Pitt will also fire its new replica 18th century cannon before the fireworks begin that night. Throughout the weekend, reenactors will also be on hand to demonstrate musket and cannon drills, soldier life, and marching. See website for specific info about times.
Location: Fort Pitt, Point State Park
Kids $1 Weekend on the Gateway Clipper Fleet
The Gateway Clipper Fleet is offering a $1 Kid’s Weekend special from July 4-6. Using the online promo code KIDS114, you can purchase tickets online for an Evening Sightseeing, Good Ship Lollipop, or Ice Cream Social Cruise. See website for specific details about times and adult ticket costs. The boats depart from Station Square in the South Side.
Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival
This Festival is a celebration of local visual arts, performing arts, traditional craftsmanship, and history. The Festival also includes kid-friendly elements like theatrical performances on the “Children’s Stage,” activities at the “Family Zone” and a “Creative Movement Tent.”
Location: 252 Twin Lakes Rd. Latrobe PA 15650
The Big Butler Fair (until July 5)
The Big Butler Fair is the largest fair in Western PA with everything you would want in a traditional fair experience: rides, games, music, greasy food, livestock shows, tractor pulls, demolitian derbies, a beauty pageant and a fireworks show on July 4th! See website for specific details about event times and ticket costs.
Location: Big Butler Fairgrounds, 1127 New Castle Rd, Prospect PA
Leetsdale Carnival and Fourth of July Celebration (until July 5)
The community of Leetsdale is hosting their annual carnival and Fourth of July Celebration with a carnival from July 1-5th and a parade, music, and fireworks on July 4th.
Friday, July 4
There are a variety of Fourth of July events on Friday and I have provided info on community celebrations throughout Allegheny County. I have not included info on fireworks-only displays. For a full list of fireworks times throughout Allegheny County, Westmoreland, and Butler County, see this great article in CBS Pittsburgh. For this week, I have organized the 4th of July celebrations by region (instead of time) to help you find one close to you! Please click associated link to find more detailed info!
EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta
The free EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is one of the region’s largest summer events and the “official” celebration for the Fourth of July in Pittsburgh. It runs from July 2-4 at Point State Park and includes tons of family-friendly fun including a Colcom Kids Zone, live music, dog shows, powerboat, sail, jet ski, and crew races, the World Championship of extreme pogo-sticking, and a BEACH, complete with seashells, buckets, shovels, and tropical greenery! The Festival culminates with the EQT “Flashes of Freedom” fireworks, widely regarded as one of the top ten pyrotechnic displays in the country. See website for specific details on times and locations.
A Fourth of July Party at Heinz Field
Heinz Field is hosting a large Fourth of July Celebration this year. The stadium will be transformed into a carnival-like environment with live music, food, and games. Fans can also participate in the “Steelers Experience” and view Steelers memorabilia. Best part: FREE admission! Plus, it will remain open until the fireworks display, providing another unique spot to view them.
Times: Gates open at 2pm
Location: Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15212
Princess Fourth of July Celebration
Celebrate the Fourth of July with the Volunteer Disney Princesses and Batman in Market Square. There will also be face-painting, bubbles, crafts, and more.
Location: Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh
Elliot Extravaganza at the West End Overlook
Celebrate the Fourth of July with the community of Elliot. Food, fun, and entertainment, plus a killer view of the fireworks from the West End Overlook!
Location: West End/Elliot Overlook
4th of July Fireworks Blowout at the Carnegie Museum of Science
Enjoy a special celebration for the Fourth of July at the Carnegie Museum of Science. Explore the science of light, watch an omnimax movie, see a patriotic laser show, and watch some live performances. Also enjoy a few hours to explore the exhibits. Special lawn seating is then provided to view the city’s fireworks display. Advance registration required by noon on July 3.
Cost: $39/person, cost to park is $20/car and not guaranteed.
Location: Carnegie Museum of Science, 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212
A Fourth of July Paddle with Venture Outdoors
Venture Outdoors is once again offering its annual Fourth of July kayaking adventure on the rivers. Starting at 7pm, participants can take a leisurely paddle down the rivers in either a solo or a tandem kayak. As the evening progresses, they can bring their kayaks back to the Point to get a front row seat and an unforgettable view of the fireworks from the river. Children must be 8 years old to ride in a tandem kayak with an adult and children must be 12 to ride in a solo kayak. Advance registration required.
Times: Paddle starts at 7pm
Cost: $70 for Venture Outdoors members and $95 for nonmembers
Location: Meet at North Shore Kayak Pittsburgh location
Shaler Community Day and 4th of July Celebration
Shaler hosts its annual Community Day at Kiwani’s Park on the 4th of July. This event features music, inflatables, fire truck rides, balloon artists, clowns, a poolside DJ and a fireworks display at dusk.
Zelionople Fourth of July Celebration
The community of Zelionople celebrates the Fourth of July with a parade starting at 11am, followed by festive activities at the Community Park, and Fireworks at 9:45pm.
Dormont is celebrating its 100th Dormont Day with a variety of family-friendly activities at the Dormont Pool. There will be foot races starting at 10 am, children’s activities, inflatables, food, face-painting, a moon walk, etc from 11-5pm, music throughout the day, and fireworks at 9:30pm.
Brentwood Borough Fourth of July Celebration
Brentwood Borough is hosting their annual Fourth of July celebration. The event kicks off on July 3rd with food, live music, and children’s activities. On the Fourth of July, they will be hosting a 5k at 9am, a fly-over to honor veterans at 10am, a parade beginning at 10am and a fireworks display at 9:40pm.
Mt. Lebanon Fourth of July Celebration
Mt. Lebanon also hosts a large July 4th celebration at Mt. Lebanon Main Park on July 4th. The event includes food, games, rides, live music starting at noon and a fireworks display at 9:30pm.
Scott Township Community Day
Scott Township celebrates its annual community day and Fourth of July celebration at Scott Park. A variety of activities throughout the day including land and water races, water slide competition, kid’s money hunt, a special nighttime swim, and fireworks.
Times: Pool opens at 11am, Activities start at 12
Canonsburg Fourth of July Celebration
Canonsburg hosts one of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in the state. The two-hour long parade begins at 10am, followed by park activities like face-painting, inflatables, balloon art, spin art, and tons more! Fireworks begin at 9:30pm at the high school stadium.
Crafton’s Annual Celebration
Crafton’s 39th Annual Celebration kicks off on June 30 and continues until July 4. Held in Crafton Park, the event has inflatables, food, games, entertainment, a petting zoo, and more. On July 4th, the celebration will culminate with fireworks at dusk.
Moon Township Independence Day Celebration
Moon Township is hosting their annual Independence Day celebration with family-friendly activities, food, entertainment starting at 4pm and fireworks at 10pm.
Location: Moon Park, Moon Township
Avalon Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks
The borough of Avalon holds an annual Fourth of July celebration at Avalon Community Park. “Festivities” begin at 6pm, followed by fireworks at dusk.
Independence Day Celebration at Meadowcroft Village
On the 4th of July, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village will host an old-fashioned celebration with historical games like a watermelon seed-spitting contest, an egg toss, sack races, and a pie-eating contest. Families can also participate in mock “lessons” in the one-room schoolhouse, learn about blacksmithing, practice using an atlatl, and watch open hearth cooking demonstrations.
Cost: $12 Adults and $6 for children 6 and older
Location: Meadowcroft, 401 Meadowcroft Rd, Avella, PA 15312
McKeesport Summer Concert Series and Fireworks
Enjoy an outdoor concert in McKeesport featuring “Treasure” and then watch fireworks after dark.
Times: Concert 7pm, Fireworks Dusk
Location: Renziehausen Park, Lion’s Band Shell, McKeesport
Keystone State Park Independence Day Celebration
Keystone State Park is hosting Fourth of July-related free crafts and games for children in the Visitor’s Center from 11-2pm.
Location: Keystone State Park, 1150 Keystone Park Road, Derry PA (Westmoreland County)
Saturday and Sunday, July 5-6
Pop’s Farmyard at Triple B Farms
Triple B has launched a new family-friendly program on summer weekends called Pop’s Farmyard. Highlights: a hay bale jump, visits with animals, observation beehive, a farm playground, and “Education Mile,” a hands-on learning station about farming!
Location: Triple B Farms, 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela, PA 15063
Saturday, July 5
Home Depot Free Kid’s Workshop: Build a Bughouse
Children are invited to participate in a free workshop at Home Depot on the first Saturday of the month. This month, children will be building a bughouse! All materials and instruction provided. Kids get to go home with their project, an apron, a pin, and a certificate. Intended for children ages 5 and up, although I’ve brought my younger kids and they enjoy it.
Location: Participating Home Depot locations, including East Liberty branch
Lawrenceville Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Lawrenceville is hosting its 70th Annual Fourth of July Celebration in Arsenal Park on July 5th. The event takes place throughout the day and includes food, music, children’s activities, a petting zoo, an exotic animal show, train rides, pony rides, and a fireworks display at 9:30pm.
Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville
Art Lab: Low Tech Overhead Project + Sun Animations at the Mattress Factory
Using cut paper, collages, found objects, and transparencies, kids can create their own animations for an overhead projector or using the sun outside (weather permitting).
Cost: Free with admission
Location: The Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212
Stars of Riverview Jazz Concert
This week’s Saturday evening jazz concert at Riverview Park features Thomas Wendt. Followed by Cinema in the Park.
Location: Riverview Park, Observatory Hill
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at South Park Summer Concert Series
This week’s South Park Summer Concert features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Location: South Park Amphitheater, South Park
Cinema in the Park at Grandview Park
This week, Cinema in the Park is showing Space Jam at Grandview Park.
Location: Grandview Park, Bailey Avenue, Mt. Washington
Cinema in the Park at Riverview Park
This week, Cinema in the Park is showing Last Vegas (rated PG-13) at Riverview Park.
Location: Observatory Hill, Riverview Park
Sunday, July 6
Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch
Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch is a weekly Sunday morning concert series held at Mellon Park. This week features West Hills Symphonic Band.
Location: Mellon Park, Pittsburgh
Brunch at the National Aviary
Enjoy Brunch in the Rose Garden at the National Aviary, featuring the food of Atria’s Restaurant. Reservation deadline is Thursday, July 3rd. Admission included in cost of food.
Times: Two seating at 10:30am and 12:30 pm
Cost: Adults $30 (member), $35 (nonmember); Children $15 (member), $17.50 (nonmember); Children 3 and under are free.
Location: National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212
Kid’s Day at PNC Park
The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday and PNC Park is holding a Kid’s Day! There will be kid-friendly activities on Federal Street from 11-1pm, a special prize for kids at the gate, and the chance to run the bases after the game (weather permitting).
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Touch-A-Truck Event
Visit the parking lot of the Mt. Lebanon Public Library for a touch-a-truck event where kids can explore trucks of all variety.
Location: Mt. Lebanon Public Library, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh PA, 15228
Ross Township Fourth of July Celebration
Ross Township is holding its annual Fourth of July celebration with a parade starting at 3pm, crafts, games, and live music at Ross Township Community Center at 5pm, and fireworks beginning at 9:30pm.
Weather Permitting is a family-friendly, backyard BBQ style outdoor concert series at the Shadyside Nursery. This week features the music of the Beagle Brothers and the Turpentiners. There will also be food trucks, craft beer, and children’s activities.
Times: 5-9 with music starting around 6
Cost: Adults $10, Children free; cost includes beer
Location: Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Hartwood Acres Summer Concert Series
This week’s Hartwood Acres Summer Concert features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra!
Location: Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Hartwood Acres
Cinema in the Park at Schenley Park
This week, Cinema in the Park is playing Space Jam at Schenley Park.
Location: Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and area libraries are closed on July 4th.