Point State Park
July 4
Noon—10 p.m.

To get the full flavor of July 4th complete with one of the country’s top 10 fireworks displays, there’s no better place than scenic Point State Park for all things red, white and blue—and black and gold.

Get in the spirit during a flag raising ceremony, 18th-century reenactments, fife and drum performances and rifle and musket demonstrations at the Fort Pitt Museum.

Creative fun awaits in the Kids Zone. Design your own fireworks using paper, glue, salt and watercolors, sit for a self-portrait by a caricaturist and play giant Jenga, Connect 4 and Tic-tac-toe. Show your patriotism with face paintings and airbrush tattoos, follow a stilt-walking Uncle Sam and watch Amber create fantastical animal balloons. Kids can even dig for “gold gems” by the river and make their own necklaces.

Look to the skies at 6 p.m. to catch an exhilarating flyover by the U.S. Air Force. The event will also feature live music, food and drink vendors and sponsor exhibits.

The skyline will shine at 9:35 p.m. when the EQT Flashes of Freedom Fireworks are set off from the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Watch for the colorful customized shapes of sunflowers, jellyfish and willows.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.