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Free and Affordable Pittsburgh for 6/29: Free 4th Fun and More!

By Rachel Booth

With the 4th of July falling on Wednesday this year, it creates a super-long celebration, starting this weekend! On this week's Free & Affordable Pittsburgh segment on Pittsburgh Today Live, we're talking about lots of holiday celebrations and traditions, as well as the Three Rivers Regatta, great free live music, and loads of summer fun. Learn a bit more about each of the things mentioned on this week's show.

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Lawrenceville's Annual 4th of July Celebration
Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville

Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 621-1616

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Price: Free to attend

Start your 4th of July celebrating a little early this year... in June! This Saturday, the Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee is presenting the 68th Annual 4th of July Celebration in Arsenal Park. This celebration goes ALL DAY long and boasts back to back activities and fun. The DJ starts playing at 11 a.m. (and the food booths open then too!), followed by a softball game, children's races, a petting zoo, a baseball game, train rides, pony rides, a fire truck and ambulance display, a wrestling match, an exotic animal show... seriously, this list goes on and on! Of course, what 4th of July celebration would be complete without fireworks? They start at 9:30. This one's a Lawrenceville tradition!

Fireworks over Heinz Field
(Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

4th of July Celebration at Heinz Field
Heinz Field

100 Art Rooney Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 697-7700

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Hours: Stadium open at 2 p.m., Parking lots open at 9:30 a.m.
Price: Free to attend

How often can you say you went to Heinz Field... for FREE! Enjoy free concerts all afternoon and evening, highlighted by country superstar Phil Vassar. There will also be performances by The Stickers, an internationally recognized country group from western PA, as well as Pittsburgh-Based Irish rock n roll group Bastard Bearded Irishmen. You can also enjoy regatta water events, get a chance to meet Steely McBeam, family fun, food and games. To top it all off, the ramps of Heinz Field will be open to view the spectacular City of Pittsburgh fireworks, which will begin shortly after Phil Vassar's performance.

Free & Affordable Jam On Walnut
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Summer Jam on Walnut
5442 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 321-4422

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Hours: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Price: Free to attend, $2 to drink

Head to Shadyside this saturday to enjoy a fantastic block party for a great cause. This is the first of three outdoor concerts held this summer benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Each event attracts approximately 5000 people! This weekend's concert features Meeting of Important People and Bill Deasy. It's free to attend and enjoy the music, but a $2 wrist band allows you to buy beer and drink on the street. Happy Hour is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., so you can expect discounted drinks. All proceeds support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation you can donate here as well.

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CBS Local Offer Sushi
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CBS Local offers has great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. This week, you'll find 50% off delicious steak, sushi and more at Dragon Fire Steakhouse in Mt. Lebanon at the Galleria. Pay $25 for $50 for one of Pittsburgh's newest spots for sushi, hibachi and the area's only robata grill. You can enjoy the tableside entertainment of hibachi where expert chefs fire up delicious eats like Filet Mignon and Chilean Sea Bass. Their master sushi chef has over 30 years of experience! You can buy up to two vouchers per person, and two more as gifts. You can find all the details and stipulations on CBS Local Offers.

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Ski Team at Three Rivers Regatta
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If you didn't already know, Pittsburgh is host to the largest inland regatta event in the country! In Travel & Outdoors, you'll find our Three Rivers Regatta Preview, which highlights all the great activities happening during the celebration, which starts this Saturday and runs all the way until the fireworks on Wednesday night. You can catch the Powerboat Superleague Championships, a nature-defying sand structure displayed at Point State Park, watch the comical "Anything that Floats Race", and of course the not-to-miss Flashes of Freedom Fireworks Fantasia. They'll have loads of kids activities too! Best of all, it's free to attend and enjoy!

If you haven't made your annual trip to Kennywood this year, this holiday weekend may be the time to do so! In Family & Pets, you'll find Celebrate America Days at Kennywood Park. This article goes over the must-see festivities and highlights of this event, including the Weiner 100 dachshund race, fireworks every single night from June 30 through July 5, mimes, jugglers, stilt walkers, antique cars, face painting, musical, dance and theater groups, and SO much more! The Pittsburgh Banjo Club will be there too - they're one of our favorites!

Rachel Booth & Heather Walsh are the bargainistas behind, Pittsburgh's go-to bargain website for free, affordable & discounted events, activities, products & services. Visit Living Pittsburgh for even more great 'Burgh bargains! You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter! They are also CBS Pittsburgh's Best Of contributors and spokespersons.
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