Celebrate The Fourth In The Square

We're all Yankee Doodle Dandies this weekend as Pittsburgh celebrates the Fourth of July all over Downtown. Just in case you didn't already know, the Regatta will make a big splash on and around the three rivers with powerboat races, parachute daredevils and concerts, today through Sunday. Over at PNC Park, the Pirates will battle the cross-state rival Phillies, who just  happen to be from the town where the Declaration of Independence was signed. And America's birthday celebration ends with a really big bang on Sunday night when the Zambelli Flashes of Freedom Fireworks Fantasia extravaganza lights up the city skyline in red, white and blue and lots of other colors.

Of course, we can't think of a better place for you to relax during the big weekend Downtown than in Market Square — especially now that the entire Square is open with more tables and chairs and room to stroll around than ever before. In fact, you could say that the new Square is Pittsburgh biggest al fresco cafe. No matter what direction you look, there's a delicious selection of places to eat, drink and enjoy summer in the city.

No matter if your tastes run toward traditional favorites such as the Original Oyster House or newer options like the tasty Mexican dishes at Las Velas, the Square menu is ready to serve up something for just about every palate during the holiday weekend. Early birds will want to check out Dunkin' Donuts to sip a chilly Coolatta or an iced coffee specially priced for Regatta goers.  For a little more substantial offering, Prantl's and Mancini's are teaming up to serve their signature combo — a hefty Mancini's sandwich and a to-die-for dessert from Prantl's. And for those really big appetites, the Primanti's sandwich — piled high with meat, fries, slaw, egg and cheese — awaits those whose eyes might just be bigger than their bellies.

And by all means, don't forget to do a little shopping in and around the Square. Discover the chicest women's accessories at Serendipity, just across the street from Dunkin' Donuts. Well-heeled gentlemen will want to treat their feet to the finest in footware at Nettleton Shoes on Market and then maybe add to their wardrobe at the Heinz Healey clothing store just around the corner on Liberty Avenue.

So whatever brings you Downtown for the Fourth, we hope you celebrate safely and visit Market Square on this All-American holiday.

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