The Big Butler Fair runs Saturday, June 27 through Saturday, July 6, with a daily carnival and events including horse shows, a square dance, and a school bus demolition derby (for those who want to release some pent-up gradeschool aggression). On Thursday, July 4, there will be a Celebrity Milking contest (which presumably means celebrities milking cows, and not celebrities being milked), truck pulls, a free giant sundae, and a giant fireworks display at dusk. General Fair Admission Tickets are $8, and kids 6 and under get in for free.
If you’ve got a troop of kids in tow, head to Idlewild & SoakZone for the Fourth of July, an ideal location for families especially if it’s a hot one outside. There are family-friendly shows like Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Day, plus rides like the Ferris Wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, Doodlebug trolley, and more. If the kids haven’t had a meltdown yet, the fireworks start at 9:30pm. Plan ahead and purchase FunDay 4Packs and LateDay FunDay (admission after 4pm) tickets here.
The four-day Ford City Summerfest actually kicks off on the Fourth of July, with the opening ceremonies at 4pm followed by a performance by the Armstrong Festival Chorus, some games of bingo (bring your daubers!), and more music from singer Ale Gibson and ‘70s and ‘80s band 56 East. If you’re not dancing the night away, look up at the sky at 10pm for the fireworks, displayed behind the clock tower.
The Monongahela Aquatorium plays host to fireworks on the Fourth of July. If you have a boat, throw anchor in the guest docks; if you don’t, you can sit in the supersized outdoor auditorium that sits along the Monongahela River for a one-of-a-kind viewing experience. Get there early for a seat, and for the food and music starting at 6pm.