Happy Fourth of July!

Red, white, and “wooh!” As the 4th of July approaches, we’re simply giddy thinking about all of Pittsburgh’s firecrackin’ festivities.

Let’s get started! If you’re new to Pittsburgh, the Red, White, & Blue Bus Tours are a unique and fun way to acclimate yourself with the area. These double decker buses run daily from 9 AM to 7 PM, with plenty of opportunities to hop on and off, so you can explore the city at your own pace. Never droll or dull, these tours are packed with personality, Pittsburgh spirit, and interesting historical facts. Better yet? The tour will be running on the 4th, so you can enjoy the best tour before the best fireworks!

If a bus tour isn’t your speed, you can head down to Point State Park, hours before the renowned firework display, and celebrate all day! Thanks to the EQT Three Rivers Regatta, food, drinks, and entertainment are featured as an inclusive and exciting way to bring people together to “Celebrate America the Pittsburgh way!” Free and open to the public, you will find plenty of delightful, family-friendly activities. Visit the official site, celebrateamericapgh.com, for more information.

Searching for more sports now that the Penguins have won the Stanley Cup? On the 4th, catch Pittsburgh’s soccer team, the Riverhounds, face off against the Charlotte Independence at Highmark Stadium in Station Square. If you’re not familiar, Highmark Stadium is right across the river from Point State Park, making it one of the best seats in the house for fireworks viewing! Come for the soccer, stay for the sights. Sound like a match made in heaven? Purchase your tickets here!

Speaking of the Pens, we hear the fireworks this year will be honoring the team’s big win.

Whether you’re headed to Station Square, catching a tour bus, or traveling to Point State Park, you can do it all without the hassle of traffic and parking. Hop a city bus and get goin’ — Downtown is just a short ride from Shadyside via the East Busway! To check all holiday bus schedules in advance, click here.

Wherever your day leads you, we hope you get to witness the excitement and extravagance of Pittsburgh’s 4th of July fireworks, Flashes of Freedom. Considered one of the best displays in the country, this event is not one to be missed!

Happy 4th of July, friends!