This past weekend was Pittsburgh's 250th birthday party. I'm using that as an excuse to post a mostly content-free and picture-heavy post.
We made the decision to meander down to Station Square, just across the river from Point State Park (aka ground zero for the festivities)to maybe get some dinner and watch the fireworks.
Along with approximately 100,000 other people who had the same great idea we did.
There was no dinner to be had in any of the 20 or so restaurants in Station Square. Minimum waits were 2.5-3 hours. So my courageous husband stood in line for an hour and fifteen minutes to get us a hoagie and soda. I love that guy.
We got a pretty good cloudscape on the way in to town.
After dinner, we started walking back towards the car, which probably close to a half a mile away. We went into the courtyard where the dancing waters are.
There are various artifacts of the steel industry there, like this old furnace, which stands over the people like a malevolent "transformer", about to strike.
Some shots of the city skyline...
Yes, I need a tripod.
And on to the fireworks! It was truly a spectacular show, the best I've ever seen. The main blasts were going off in four separate locations at once. I hope that eventually there will be a DVD of an aerial recording of the show, that's about the only thing that could possibly do it justice.
Anyway, here's some more photos, though the entire set I took can be seen here.
This one shows the fireworks going off from the tops of three of Pittsburgh's skyscrapers in addition to each of the three rivers.
I think this one is my favorite.
You can see one of the identical displays off in the distance here.
And color bursting off the tops of the buildings again.
Needless to say, these will be better if you look at them on the flickr site linked above-in the largest sizes. But there ya go. Better than my last attempt at fireworks!