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4th Of July- Pittsburgh Fireworks & Summer Fun

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4th Of July Celebration, Memories & Pittsburgh Summer Fun

When we think of Independence Day in Pittsburgh, the infamous Point State Park (“The Point”) comes to mind. Residents of Pittsburgh can watch the City of Pittsburgh fireworks directly at Point State Park or from Mount Washington (South Side), North Shore (North Side) and the West End Overlook. It has always been the central location for all of our Pittsburgh summer and 4th of July celebration memories.

History of Point State Park

“Point State Park, located at the confluence of three rivers, is at the tip of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle.” It commemorates and preserves the strategic and historic heritage of the area during the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763). Once a busy industrial area, the area had deteriorated into a commercial slum by the 1940s. The development of a state park was authorized in 1945 and the first parcel of the 36-acre property was purchased in 1946. The park was completed and dedicated in 1974. It is now one of the nation’s outstanding historical parks and tourist attractions and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.” (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/point.aspx)

History of The Star Spangled Salute

“A Star Spangled Salute has aired on WPXI Channel 11 since July 4, 1990. The fireworks have been provided by Zambelli Fireworks. Before July 4, 1994 the fireworks show was on July 3 instead of the 4th. Some of the hosts of A Star Spangled Salute have been Chris Long, David Johnson, Bob Bruce, and Darieth Chisolm. The fireworks show usually start at around 9:37 p.m. if not a little earlier than that. The music for the Pittsburgh fireworks have be produced by KDKA (AM). Up until 2003 the music was produced by WDVE. Then in 2004 the Three Rivers Regatta combined with the event and WSHH produced the music from 2004 to 2007. Before WSHH took over the music it was a rockish type of music, in line with its format. Then the music has a patriotic tone to it. For the 2008 show WDVE has now taken over the music for the fireworks for 2008 only. Wish 99.7 has stopped providing the music for the show. For 2009 and the foreseeable future the new radio station providing the music for the Fireworks is KDKA (AM).” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Star_Spangled_Salute)

Don’t miss the City of Pittsburgh Fireworks on July 4th Point State Park @ 9:35 p.m.

If you are unable to attend, checking out the festivities by webcam is a lot of fun!
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