McKeesport area gets fired up for Fourth
For those who want to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand manner, Washington is as good a place as any to do so.
America's National Independence Day Parade — which starts at 11:45 a.m. — is an institution on Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street. It is but one of the many events scheduled for Thursday. Others include a symphonic concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and a fireworks show.
Locals who venture to Washington this year may notice a familiar face.
Magician Michael Grandinetti, formerly of West Mifflin, plans to levitate a girl high above a float as it travels along the parade rout, a feat he chose because of the “sustained moment of magic” it will offer viewers.
“She'll be floating about 75 percent of the time,” Grandinetti said. The parade will be approximately two hours long.
Grandinetti said he got the idea for the illusion from doing shows in stadiums.
His show, the Magic of Michael Grandinetti, also has been performed at the White House, on national television and at venues such as casinos and arenas. That has taught, the master illusionist how to wow a crowd.
Grandinetti said one of his first big illusions happened at West Mifflin Area High School when he made a girl disappear from the field then reappear in the stands during a football halftime show.
“West Mifflin and the Pittsburgh area is a very special place,” Grandinetti said. “There was a supportive environment and that kept me motivated.”
Grandinetti lives in Los Angeles and said the parade in Washington will be as much fun for him as it is for viewers. “I love watching the expressions on their faces,” he said.
For those who can't make it to the national celebration, there are plenty of local entertainment options.
The EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is going on Tuesday through the Fourth of July. It will feature the city's official “Flashes of Freedom” fireworks show the night of the Fourth and a 10-minute pyrotechnical show on the roof of the Wyndham Grand hotel on Wednesday. Both displays are being presented by Zambelli Fireworks. More information is online at www.threeriversregatta.net.
Kennywood amusement park in West Mifflin is observing the holiday with Celebrate America! through Thursday. It has mimes, jugglers, antique cars, special entertainment and, of course, nightly fireworks. Discount coupons are available from Giant Eagle.
The website www.kennywood.com has more information.
In McKeesport, the rock trio Tres Lads will play a free show at the Lions Band Shell in Renziehausen Park at 7 p.m., to be followed by the city's annual fireworks show.
The annual Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival celebration at Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg runs Thursday through Sunday. The free festival features music, children's activities and other events daily starting at 11 a.m.
Highlights on Thursday include Celtic music by Road to the Isles and folk music by Jay Cmar at noon; '60s and '70s music by The Ignighters at 1:30 p.m.; banjo music by Mean Mary at 2 p.m.; Tom Watt the Buffettman at 4 p.m.; The Bone Forum big band at 6:30 p.m.; and guitarist Shane Speal at 7 p.m.
For more information on times and artists, visit www.artsandheritage.com.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1966, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Mon Valley motorists can expect more traffic woes
- Hazelwood man shot in Homestead
- More Mon Valley communities add banners honoring veterans
- Homestead Cemetery records will be preserved
- Yankee Doodle Dandies still going strong
- W. Elizabeth mulls cost of new garage
- Elizabeth Twp. scraps results of Civil Service test
- McKeesport city council OKs Tomovcsik to head fire dept.
- Mon Valley region prepares to celebrate Fourth of July in style
- Animal rights group protests in Pleasant Hills
- Mon Yough leaders respond to appeals court ruling on gun ordinances