How to do Fourth of July Pittsburgh style

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Pittsburgh will have its traditional big fireworks show this Independence Day.

The show, starting Wednesday at 9:35 p.m., will include firework shells from Italy and Spain, said Derek Weber, who is producing the show for New Castle-based Pyrotecnico. The EQT "Flashes of Freedom" display will last 25 minutes, accompanied by a classic American music soundtrack.

Viewers can either tune a radio to KDKA 1020 to hear the music or watch the entire show on WPXI-TV. The music also will be broadcast on speakers in Point State Park.

But for those who prefer fireworks closer to home, plenty more can be seen nearby:

Mt. Lebanon will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. and a concert by local band Airborne at 7:30 p.m. Washington Road will be closed from 7 to 11 p.m. The stage will be located at Alfred Street and Washington Road, while the fireworks will be launched from the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. From 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., pony rides, inflatables and a petting zoo will be set up in Mt. Lebanon Park for Community Day. Details:

Elliott will have a community celebration, from 3 to 9 p.m., which will feature face painting, live music and a fireworks display.

Monroeville will host one of the largest parades in the region. Organizers expect more than 12,000 participants along the Business Route 22 parade path, which begins at 9 a.m. along Miracle Mile and ends at the lower section of the Macy's parking lot at the Monroeville Mall. A fireworks display will take place at 9:30 p.m. behind the Monroeville Mall Annex.

In Forest Hills, an antique car parade will take place at 11:30 a.m., after the 8 a.m. Biathlon Swim & Run. For more information:

Dormont will host a community day beginning at 9 a.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Details:

The 29th Annual Brentwood Firecracker 5K Race begins at 9 a.m. in the borough Towne Square. A parade, leaving from Brownsville and Sankey avenues, will follow a flyover at 10 a.m. Alter Ego and Allegheny Brass Band will play in Brentwood Stadium from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Fireworks at 9:40 p.m. Details:

Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair will host a joint fireworks display at 9:40 p.m. from the South Hills light rail station near South Hills Village. Details: and

Crafton will present fireworks at 9:30 p.m. in Crafton Park. Pittsburgh band DaPhunk will play a show at 7:30 p.m. and another at 10 p.m. in the park. Details:


Marcus Schwarz: or 412-263-1964. First Published July 3, 2012 12:00 AM

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