Fireworks Show Planned for July 4 in Downtown Pittsburgh

Best Spots to See the Fireworks, Unique Fireworks Activities Planned

Fireworks in the night sky.
••• Fireworks will burst over the Pittsburgh skyline during the regatta. Daniel Schild / EyeEm / Getty Images

There’s something about fireworks that seems to captivate us. That seems particularly true in Pittsburgh where fireworks are a mainstay at Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games, community festivals, and of course in grand fashion on Independence Day.

At the 2015 EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, the EQT Flashes of Freedom Fireworks will celebrate July 4.

Pyrotecnico, a local company, based in New Castle, will produce the fireworks show in downtown Pittsburgh. The show begins at 9:35 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 and run for about 25 minutes until about 10 p.m.

A soundtrack of patriotic sounds and pop songs has been arranged to accompany the annual fireworks show.

The fireworks will be shot from barges on Pittsburgh’s three rivers, providing a spectacular view of the bright fireworks reflecting in the water and off of Pittsburgh’s glass skyscrapers.

Some people are so dedicated to admiring the fireworks show that they’ll camp out all day reserving a prime fireworks viewing spot, said Darcy Kucenic, senior events coordinator for Peony Entertainment, the Regatta’s Entertainment & Production Company.

“Pittsburgh does love their fireworks,” Kucenic said. “(Fireworks have) a feeling of nostalgia from everyone’s childhood and family and fun. No matter how old you are, it takes you back to being a kid.”

Some of the most popular spots to watch the fireworks include the city’s North Side, Point State Park in downtown, Grandview Avenue in Mount Washington, and the West End Overlook in Elliott. Every year, Pittsburghers pack into these parks and onto these sidewalks to see the fireworks over the city skyline.

There are some more creative options to see the fireworks, too.

Kayak Pittsburgh offers a Fourth of July paddle, giving kayakers a unique riverside, front-row seat for the show. Kayakers will paddle upstream during the evening, watch the sun set, then float downstream for the fireworks show.

On the North Side with panoramic views, Carnegie Science Center is hosting a July Fourth Fireworks Blowout, an evening event complete with plenty of family fun including an Omnimax movie and hundreds of hands-on exhibits, plus space on the lawn to see the fireworks burst over the skyline.

Pyrotecnico, the company producing the fireworks, dubs itself and “ international award-winning fireworks and special effects company.” It says that Pittsburgh’s fireworks show will be “one of the top Fourth of July fireworks shows in the country.” Pyrotecnico has previously produced fireworks shows for the Regatta in 2012, 2011, and 2009.

This year is the 38th Regatta in Pittsburgh.

“The Regatta has been a big part of people’s lives,” Kucenic said.

In addition to the downtown Pittsburgh fireworks show, many local communities will host their own fireworks celebrations over the weekend, including fireworks shows in Monroeville, New Kensington, Mt. Lebanon, and McKeesport.


Disclaimer: In addition to her work as’s Pittsburgh Expert, the writer also works at Carnegie Science Center. The writer uses her own editorial judgments and opinions on Pittsburgh topics, separate of other employment.