Celebrate Independence Day All Weekend Long With These Local Events

This year, one day of celebration has turned into four.

PHOTO BY DAVE DICELLO

With July 4 falling on a Sunday this year, the anticipated day-off celebrating America’s birthday has resulted in four days of festivities. Here’s how you can fill your weekend with patriotic celebrations from start to finish.

Warm-up with a “Hamilton” Sing-Along
7 p.m. Thursday, July 1
The Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square is teaming up with NonStop Broadway to kick off Independence Day weekend with a “Hamilton” sing-along. Those who attend can participate by singing songs from the musical or by cheering on performers from the audience. The bar and kitchen will be open during the show. To purchase tickets, go here

Enjoy late-night patriotic parties at Howl At The Moon
7 p.m. Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3
Howl At The Moon, a bar, nightclub and music venue Downtown, is hosting a Red, White and Brew party Friday and Saturday night. Events will include a non-stop live show, drink specials and giveaways. Guests who wear red, white and blue will receive free admission. For more information, go here

Relax with some food and live music
Saturday, July 3; doors open at noon, show begins at 6 p.m.
Belle Vernon’s Vinoski Winery is hosting a free Independence Day celebration with food, live classic rock music featuring Silent Partner, and fireworks. A $20 parking fee will go toward the Wounded Warrior Project. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information, go here.

Start Independence Day off on the right foot
Day and time varies
Several virtual and in-person runs will take place this weekend, starting with the Red, White and Blue Virtual 5K benefitting the Oakmont Carnegie Library. Participants who run, bike or swim 3.1 miles anytime during Independence Day weekend will receive a finisher’s certificate. To register, go here

Zelienople’s 6th Annual Firecracker 5K and 1 Mile Run and Walk takes place at the Zelienople Community Park Sunday at 7 a.m. A post-race breakfast and awards ceremony will take place afterward, followed by the town’s 4th of July Parade. To register for the run, go here. To learn more about other Independence Day events happening in Zelienople, go here.

Relive American history with Fourth at the Fort
1 p.m. Sunday, July 4
Fourth of July celebrations at Point State Park begin with the Fort Pitt Museum, Boy Scouts and local veterans symbolically lowering a British ensign and raising a 36-foot American flag. The ceremony will conclude with the singing of the National Anthem. Afterward, guests can stay for family-friendly living history demonstrations such as tomahawk throwing and reenactments of life at Fort Pitt during the 18th Century. As part of the celebrations, veterans will receive free entry into the Fort Pitt Museum. For more information, go here

Stay for the city’s main event
6 p.m. Sunday, July 4
Following Fourth at the Fort, the City of Pittsburgh will host its annual Independence Day celebration. Guests can enjoy a family-style picnic complete with food vendors and patriotic music from East Winds Symphonic Band, Munhall Community Band and River City Brass. For more information, go here.

And, of course, watch some fireworks
There’s only one way to properly conclude four days of patriotic festivities, and that’s with fireworks. The city’s annual Independence Day celebration will include a firework show beginning at 9:35 p.m. But even if you don’t make it to Point State Park this year, you’ll certainly hear fireworks coming from other places. Why not take a trip to see them? For a list of locations where you can see fireworks, go here

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