Fourth of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2018

Fireworks over the Point create the big bang, though not the only bang, on the Fourth. (Photo: Martha Rial)

1) Everybody knows Pittsburgh has a BIG fireworks display at the Point on the night of July 4. We’re here to tell you about some options and extras. You can start the Fourth in a mellower mood at The Frick Pittsburgh, where the grounds are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an outdoor grill and free live music. Plus, you’re welcome to tour The Frick’s indoor attractions such as the Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum. (7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze) Or head to the Point early, where the EQT Celebrate America festival kicks off at noon with a day-long slate of music, kids’ activities, a flyover by U.S. Air Force jets and more, leading up to the EQT Flashes of Freedom Fireworks. Gabby Barrett is the musical headliner. For fireworks with fewer crowds, try one of the many community events around the area, like Mt. Lebanon Community Day. (Mt. Lebanon Main Park, 900 Cedar Blvd.) Or visit the Grand View Golf Club, where—for a modest entrance fee—folks start gathering in early eve to enjoy a spectacular hilltop view of the Kennywood fireworks across the river and dozens more displays all around the horizon. (1000 Club House Dr., North Braddock). (MV)

2) There’s also a Fourth of July Celebration at Heinz Field sponsored by Miler Lite. Highlights include food tents, Miller beer stands, Steeler’s mascot Steely McBeam, Elements of the Steelers Experience, and the FedEx Great Hall will be open with Steelers memorabilia and the Hall of Fame Lockers, and other games and family activities. The entertainment lineup is composed of country music artists Michael Ray, The Stickers, and Tim Litvin, Music starts at approximately 5 p.m. Event starts at 2 p.m. and concludes after the fireworks. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.