4th of July

Community
7:43 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Pittsburgh Bike Polo Club Hosts Holiday Weekend Competition

Bike polo players compete at a tournament in London.
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Picture a combination of street hockey, soccer, and polo, but played on … bicycles?

If you’re having difficulty imagining it, don’t worry—you can see it for yourself.

The Pittsburgh Bike Polo Club will celebrate the holiday weekend by hosting its annual Fourth of July bike polo competition Saturday and Sunday.

The event will begin at 10:30am Saturday in Osceola Park in Bloomfield, and is expected to attract 20-30 bike polo players of all skill levels from neighboring states.

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Government & Politics
7:39 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Rep. Rothfus Recites Declaration Of Independence On House Floor

U.S. Representative Keith Rothfus (R-PA- 12) took to the House floor last week to do something that hasn’t been done in more than 40 years.

In celebration of the upcoming holiday, Rothfus recited the entire Declaration of Independence.

Joined by fellow freshmen Representatives Scott Perry (R-PA-04) and Andy Barr (R-KY-06), Rothfus said he was inspired by the 112th Congress.

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Three Rivers Regatta
7:41 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Learn to Pogo and Wrestle Alligators at 2014 Regatta

Americans have long celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks, picnics and community gatherings, but ... pogo sticks?

The annual EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and Fourth of July festivities will have many returning events and a few new twists this year, including extreme pogo championship Pogopalooza and a visit from several History Channel stars.

The celebration will last July 2-4 and culminate in Friday’s “Flashes of Freedom” Zambelli fireworks display, which will be launched from barges near Point State Park at 9:35pm.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:13 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Business of the 4th of July

Fireworks are more than entertainment- they're big business on the fourth.
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For most people, the fourth of July is the last day to think about business. However, there's big money to be made in the celebration of our nation's independence.

Essential Pittsburgh business contributor Rebecca Harris broke down the tremendous amounts of money Americans drop on what we've come to think of as necessities for this patriotic summer holiday. The sums are eye-popping.

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Transportation
12:09 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

PennDOT, Police to Crack Down on Drunk Drivers for Independence Day

PennDOT and police across Pennsylvania are partnering this Independence Day to crack down on impaired drivers on the roads, while the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is focusing their attention on the rivers.

PennDOT is conducting a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign now through July 7.

Erin Waters-Trasatt, spokeswoman for PennDOT, said the best way for drivers who have been drinking to stay safe is to have a designated driver.

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Arts & Culture
2:21 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

What To Expect At This Year's Three Rivers Regatta

More than 500,000 people attend the 4th of July extravaganza every year, flooding the banks of the Allegheny River, Point State Park and the North Shore river-walk for the annual Three Rivers Regatta.

This year should be no different.

The powerboat championships, rock n’ roll and the “Anything That Floats” boat race are returning, but the 2013 Regatta Board has added some new features for this year’s celebration.

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