Pittsburgh’s past Fourth of July fireworks displays

Spectators at this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show¬†can expect to see¬†fireworks that look like giant gold willows and strobes that resemble shimmering water, exploding in sync with a patriotic soundtrack. Though past Independence Days didn’t feature as much pyrotechnic technology, Pittsburghers have flocked to the three rivers’ confluence on July Fourth for decades — and Post-Gazette photojournalists have joined them to capture the show.

Boaters and other spectators watch the EQT Flashes of Freedom fireworks show, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, as seen from the West End Bridge. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette)
Brady Dayton waves his American flag during Pittsburgh’s 2016 Fourth of July fireworks show at Point State Park. (Alex Caprara/Post-Gazette)
A lightning bolt strikes during the 2013 Fourth of July fireworks show, as seen from Mount Washington. (John Heller/Post-Gazette)
Fireworks illuminate the faces of the crowd as they watch the show, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Point State Park. (Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)
The 2012 Fourth of July fireworks show as seen from Mount Washington. (John Heller/Post-Gazette)
From left, Donald Schantz, 9, Anne Glick, 8, and Nadie Rappaport, 6, watch the Fourth of July fireworks display in 1964 from the American Wind Symphony concert barge on the Allegheny River near Point Park. (Post-Gazette)
The Fourth of July fireworks display is seen from Downtown in 1998. (Post-Gazette)
Kids spin glow sticks as the crowd watches the fireworks from Point State Park, July 4, 2011. (Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)
The 1981 Fourth of July fireworks display. (Dale Gleason/Pittsburgh Press)
Pittsburgh holds a fireworks show to celebrate the city’s bicentennial, Saturday, July 9, 2016. (Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)
Spectators watch the fireworks, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, from the edge of the fountain at Point State Park. (Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)