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Here come the fireworks and all the fun Fourth of July celebrations, beginning Friday.

Midland


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A young boy steps out of the crowd to say hello to an Uncle Sam on stilts during the Fourth of July parade last year in Midland.


Midland’s three-day Fourth of July celebration begins at 1 p.m. Sunday with a day of Midland Music Madness in Lincoln Park.

Steady Road steps on stage at 1 p.m., followed by rockers Super Ego Star at 2:30 p.m., Wombo Combo at 4, VAAS at 5:30 and US3 the Essence at 7. Steel City Ruins will rock the finale beginning at 8:30 p.m. Take lawn chairs or blankets to lounge on the grass.

A food booth will be open throughout the day.

Monday’s celebration begins at 4 p.m. when a carnival of rides, games and foods opens in Lincoln Park.

At 6 p.m., antique, classic and custom cars, bike and trucks will cruise along Midland Avenue from First Street to Lincoln Park. At the same time onstage in the park, Touche will perform popular hits, followed by dancing tunes by Casanova at 8 p.m.

July 4 on Tuesday begins at 10 a.m. with the popular patriotic parade. For about two hours, the parade will work its way along Midland Avenue to Lincoln Park.

The carnival opens at noon. At 1 p.m., Nick Fiasco Rat Pack Sounds will groove to the oldies, followed by Willow Creek at 3 p.m. and the soulful sounds of House of Soul at 5:30. Beginning at 8:30, the Jaggerz will soothe the evening with rhythm and blues and rock the park until fireworks light up the night skies at 10 p.m.

The Midland Arts Council’s Summer Gallery Show will be open from 6 to 8 nightly through Monday and from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the atrium of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Leetsdale

Leetsdale’s July 4 events on Tuesday will include a carnival, parade, fireworks, food and music.

The borough’s traditional celebration begins at 1 p.m. at Henle Park becomes abuzz with carnival rides and games. At 2 p.m., the parade along Beaver Street will begin at the Quaker Village Shopping Center, proceed toward the overpass and to Broad Street, and end at the park. Local veterans will be the parade marshals.

The carnival will continue into early evening. At 6 p.m. country band El Dorado will perform. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m..

The carnival in Henle Park continues from 6 to 10 p.m. July 5 to 8. From 6 to 9 each evening, area musicians will entertain: July 5, rockers Dream Machine; July 6, folk singers Holly Mathias and James Tobin; and July 7, country rockers Daniels and McClain.

The celebration, organized by the Leetsdale Fourth of July Committee, concludes from 1 to 10 p.m. July 8 with the carnival. At 6 p.m., Touche will provide music.


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The Quaker Valley High School marching band performs during the Independence Day parade last year in Leetsdale.


Ambridge

For the second year, a fireworks committee raised money for the Fourth of July celebration at the borough park in Ambridge. On Sunday night when darkness falls, fireworks will dance in the skies over Walter Panek Park.

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. Sunday when food vendors serve an ethnic menu of Greek, Italian, American and other specialties. Kids may have their faces painted and play games.

The music lineup includes D.J. Andy Heist at 4 p.m., accordion player Bob Spak at 5:30, acoustic guitarist Rick Finklestein at 6, vocalist Holly Mathias at 6:30 and 9. Dream Machine rocks the stage from 7 to 9 p.m.

John Tucci will perform the national anthem, and the Ambridge Marine Corps Junior ROTC will present colors. Fireworks will go off at 9:45 p.m.

Parking near Walter Panek Park at 1055 Breitenstein Road is limited, but a shuttle will be provided from an off-site parking area at 22nd Street and Duss Avenue beginning at 4 p.m., with return service after the fireworks.

Moon Township

This year, Moon Township’s annual Independence Day events culminate a four-day celebration of the township’s 50th anniversary.

Fourth of July activities begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Moon Park on Ewing Road with an assortment of children’s activities, including inflatables, food and games.

The entertainment begins with Arena’s School for Performing Arts at 6 p.m., followed by the Stoney River Boys at 6:45, Frank Vieira Band at 7:45 p.m. and Moon native Sarah Marince at 9 p.m. The celebration concludes with fireworks at dusk.

The 50th anniversary celebration anchored at Moon Park begins Friday with the Township of Moon Firecracker 5K Run and Walk at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday’s Community Day, from noon to 6 p.m., will include classic cars and an oldies concert featuring Brother Rick and the Doo-Wop All Stars, Mansfield 5 and Jimmy Ross, and the Jaggerz with Donna Groom.

On Sunday, the Battle of the Bands begins at 5 p.m. as local acts compete for chance to win airtime on rock radio station 105.9, the X. At the same time, other area performers will play on a noncompetitive stage.

Ellwood City

Fireworks at 10 p.m. Sunday at Helling Stadium in Ewing Park will cap the three-day Ellwood City Arts, Crafts and Food Festival in Ewing Park.

From Friday through Sunday, the festival features crafts, foods, music, art shows and kids activities. Details are online at www.ellwood-city-festival.net.


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Rick Cox works on a large wooden Bald Eagle chainsaw sculpture at the Ellwood City Arts Festival at Ewing Park during last year’s festival.


Pittsburgh

The EQT Flashes of Freedom Fireworks will conclude a July 4 packed with patriotic music, foods and military ceremonies at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. Admission is free.

At noon Tuesday, the American flag will be raised in a ceremony outside the Block House at the Fort Pitt Museum. Throughout the day, children are welcome at the kids zone to have their faces painted, caricatures drawn, tattoos airbrushed, and to make red-white-and-blue crafts. A stroll through the park will find vendors selling a variety of foods, along with a military appreciation exhibit.

At noon on the main stage, a lineup of bands will perform oldies, funk, soul, rock and patriotic music. The performance schedule is available on line at www.celebrateamericapgh.com.

At 6 p.m., the U.S. Air Force will present a fly-over at the Point. At 8 p.m. the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast will ready the crowd for the EQT Flashes of Freedom fireworks, scheduled to be launched from barges on the river near the Point at 9:35.

New Castle-based Pyrotecnico will shoot the fireworks, and choreographed music will be broadcast live beginning at 9 p.m. on WPXI-TV (Channel 11) and radio station KDKA-AM.

At Heinz Field, a Fourth of July Celebration will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday when gates open. Admission is free. The Pennsylvania National Guard 28th Division Band Quartet will perform the national anthem, and throughout the day the Pittsburgh Steeline Drumline will perform. Segments of the Steelers Experience will be set up in the Hall of Fame Lockers in the Great Hall.

Art Rooney Avenue will be crowded with food vendors, games, family activities and display tents. The music begins outside Heinz Field at 5 p.m. when Pittsburgh’s Tim Litvin performs, followed by local favorite the Stickers. At 8 p.m. American Country Music award winners the Cadillac Three will rouse the crowd until fireworks begin.

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