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Lawrenceville Celebrates 70 Years of Community Fireworks

The 70th Annual Independence Day Celebration will take place at Arsenal Park on Saturday, July 5, 2014, drawing over 3,500 people from all over Pittsburgh. 


LAWRENCEVILLE – PITTSBURGH, PA – For 70 years, the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Lawrenceville has continued to hold an Independence Day festival that is filled with softball and baseball games, children’s races, Citipark’s Art Cart, KSWA wrestling show, pony rides, a petting zoo, music and entertainment, refreshments, and, of course, world-class Zambelli fireworks.  This year the celebration will take place on July 5, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m. in Arsenal Park.


The Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee, a group of resident volunteers, has been the governing force behind the celebration for many years.  Working closely with Lawrenceville United for event and logistical support, they spend their evenings and weekends in planning meetings, purchasing supplies, recruiting support and planning an off-season fundraiser.  Despite the growth and development of Lawrenceville in recent years, it is a community event that has stood the test of time and continues to bring long-time area residents, their families, and the newer area residents together for a day of celebration in Arsenal Park.  The schedule for the day is as follows:


11:00 a Food Booths Open
11:00 a DJ plays
11:15a 9th Ward Girls’ Slow Pitch Softball {All Star Game}
12:00 noon Children Races
12:30 – 3:30p Petting Zoo
1:15p Boys’ Little League All Star Games {9th Ward vs. Bloomfield}
1:00 – 4:00p Train Rides
1:30 – 3:30p Pony Rides
2:00 – 4:00p Fire Truck/ Ambulance Display
4:00 – 6:00p K.W.S.A Wrestling Show
4:30 – 6:00p The Spuds
6:00 – 6:45p Exotic Animal Show
7:00p Official Ceremony: National Anthem – Leonard Garlicki
7:30 – 9:30p Shot O’Soul
7:45 – 8:45p Puppet Show


The food vendors will be Kelly’s Korner with sausages, burgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs, Hambones with pulled pork sandwiches and wings, and Double D’s Saloon with funnel cake, gyros, and fresh lemonade.  All entertainment is free and the food vendors are cash only.  If you have any further questions, please contact Becky Thatcher at Lawrenceville United: becky@lunited.org – 412.802.7220.


The Lawrenceville Independence Day Celebration would not be possible without the support of the residents, local businesses, and sponsorships from Children’s Hospital of UPMC, Allegheny Valley Bank, and Pressure Chemical Company.


Click here to download a poster!

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