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Sweet spots to watch Pittsburgh's big fireworks show

Chris Pastrick
| Thursday, June 28, 2018, 11:18 a.m.
The EQT Celebrate America Flashes of Freedom fireworks display lights the night sky over Pittsburgh on Monday, July 4, 2016.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
The EQT Celebrate America Flashes of Freedom fireworks display lights the night sky over Pittsburgh on Monday, July 4, 2016.

Looking to catch the big EQT Flashes of Freedom Fireworks show being shot off over downtown Pittsburgh?

You could head Downtown for a prime spot right under the blasts. But then you have to fight that post-'works traffic out of town.

If you want to pay $25, there's a VIP section on the North Shore Great Lawn that Celebrate America Pittsburgh says offers the "best view of the display in the city." (It does come with reserved seat and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.) Tickets to the VIP Tent will set you back $350.

A bit less taxing on your wallet would be finding a place somewhere outside of downtown.

The city and its surrounding neighborhoods offer some sweet spots where you can catch the show — and provide a different perspective. And because the "soundtrack" will be broadcast on 1020 AM, you won't have to sacrifice the full audible experience.

Finding the best place to view the show can be tough. Here's a guide to some spots we think are prime.

Keep in mind, the EQT Flashes of Freedom Celebrate America Pittsburgh kicks off at noon July 4 in Point State Park and wraps up after the fireworks at 9:35 p.m.

While fireworks, which will be produced by Starfire Corporation, still can be shot off in the rain, more severe weather may cancel the event. Celebrate America Pittsburgh suggests sticking with social media channels for the latest information.

And for those still wanting to make a day of it Downtown, the Flashes of Freedom event does have an 8 p.m. concert by Munhall native and "American Idol" Top 3 finalist Gabby Barrett.

Visitors coming downtown can check real-time parking availability at

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