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Celebrate 4th of July at Heinz Field with Brandon Lay

Mary Pickels

Country musician Brandon Lay will headline the 18th annual Heinz Field Fourth of July Celebration.

Lay, known for his autobiographical single “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers,” is no stranger to the Pittsburgh venue, having opened the Kenny Chesney “Trip Around the Sun Tour” at Heinz Field in 2018.

Lay will bring his country style with rock and roll influence to showcase new music, including singles “Wilder Horses” and “Let It.”

“Brandon played here as the opener to Kenny Chesney last year and was great. We know he is releasing new music and could be destined for stardom — this is a great chance for fans to see him before he really blows up,” says Nick Sero, Heinz Field corporate communications manager.

Local talent will lead off the event with Pittsburgh’s own Devon Allen Johnson and Ruff Creek starting the free concert series at 5 p.m before introducing local favorite The Stickers.

Lay will take the stage about 8 p.m., according to event planners.

Free Fourth fun

“We wanted to give the surrounding area a fun, safe way to celebrate the Fourth. It was always designed to be a free event so that we could give back to the community,” Sero says.

Fans are encouraged to arrive when the fun begins at 2 p.m. on July 4.

There is no charge for the annual event and concert series, in what is billed as a way to enjoy the holiday with “family, friends and fireworks.”

Ready for some football?

Those experiencing NFL withdrawal can get a little pre-season taste of football season.

Among the entertainment will be the Pittsburgh Steeline Drumline and the chance to meet and greet Steely McBeam.

Elements of the Steelers Experience will be set up and the FedEx Great Hall will be open, featuring the Hall of Honor, Steelers Memorabilia and Hall of Fame Lockers.


Numerous food tents will be on scene, including summer favorites like lemonade and funnel cake from Sievers.

Franco’s Pizzeria will be open in the Bud Light Pub 33 section of Art Rooney Avenue. Those 21 and up can enjoy a libation from the Miller Beer stands throughout the event area.

“This is a great event for all ages — young couples, families and more. We offer a free, friendly environment with great music and the best view of the fireworks,” Sero says.

“Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, too, if they want to lie out and watch the fireworks comfortably from our grounds or on the Great Lawn.”

Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:35 p.m. on the river outside of Heinz Field.

Parking will be available on the North Shore.

Standard Heinz Field security guidelines will be in place.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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