Pittsburgh Has Big Plans for Its First Post-Pandemic 4th of July Celebration

There will be the traditional fireworks show at the Point, plus a “family-style picnic.”


Pittsburghers can get their long-awaited fix of fireworks on the Fourth of July at Point State Park. Mayor Bill Peduto announced Monday that the city’s traditional fireworks display will return after a one-year hiatus because of the pandemic.

“It’s time to get together and celebrate our life and independence – together,” said Peduto. “After a year of suffering, there is no better way to do that than joining our neighbors for the most Pittsburgh of all things, which of course is a giant fireworks display.”

The city is also hosting a family-style picnic from 6 to 10 p.m. in the park, complete with music and food vendors.

Neighborhoods who want to host block party celebrations on the holiday must still apply for a permit, but the $25 fee will be waived this year.

The city also announced that registration for the 2021 Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race and Dollar Bank Junior Great Race will open next week. One GREAT Weekend will take place Sept. 25-26. More details will be available soon.

The city expects to make other announcements soon — including the reopening of swimming pools, Cinema in the Parks and musical performances.

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