Monroeville Independence Day fireworks move back to mall, parade scheduled
Monroeville's annual Independence Day parade and fireworks show has been set for July 4 but, this year, the pyrotechnics will return to the mall because of safety and traffic concerns during last year's event.
Organizers moved the fireworks display from its longtime spot near Monroeville Mall to Monroeville Community Park in 2017.
“It was an idea, a good idea, but the downside, it really was, was getting in and getting out became a problem,” 4th of July Committee Chairman Jim Johns said.
The fireworks display will be a little different, he said. The contract with New Castle-based Zambelli Fireworks expired so the committee signed a new agreement with Pyrotecnico Fireworks Inc., also based in New Castle.
But the fireworks are just one part of the day's $24,000 celebration and the culmination of a day's worth of events, Johns said. The event is funded by the municipality and Visit Monroeville, Johns said.
The 41st annual parade starts at 9 a.m. from the intersection of Stroschein Road and Route 22 where participants will head west on Route 22 toward Monroeville Mall.
The parade's route will take participants west on Route 22 to Mall Plaza Boulevard, then take a left on Mall Circle Drive where it will end in a parking lot across from the Goodyear Auto Service Center about 10 a.m.
To participate in the parade, call 412-856-3334 or visit bit.ly/2s71Va2 to print out an entry form.
Runners will start on the parade's 2.5 mile route at 8:45 a.m. for the “Fourth of July 4K 4Sight.” The run is a Monroeville Lions Club fundraiser and the proceeds will benefit the Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh.
Race registration costs $20. The fee will increase after June 22. Sign up at bit.ly/2IFa8NU .
From 1 to 7 p.m., the municipality will host a food truck festival at Monroeville Community Park. Johns said there will be 16 food trucks. The Tina Daniels Band and River City Blues will perform at the Tall Trees Amphitheater.
Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dillonswriting.