4th of July

Pennsylvania residents can only buy “novelty fireworks,” such as party-poppers and sparklers under current law, but a trio of lawmakers wants that to change.

A bill will soon be introduced in the Senate that would make it legal for residents to purchase larger “consumer fireworks,” such as Roman candles, mortars and bottle rockets, according to co-sponsor Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver).

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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.

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.

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.

The Business of the 4th of July

Jul 2, 2013
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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.

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.

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.