70 River Front Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
Update July 4th 6:30am:
Due to unfavorable river conditions to allow us to provide a quality kayaking outing, we have decided to cancel. Rivers are 16.6' at the Point and flow on the Allegheny is currently 44.8kcfs. These conditions would prove to be a challenge for paddling upstream and maintaining a flotilla to view the fireworks.
Have a happy and safe fourth of July!
Join L.L.Bean for a kayak/canoe outing from Millvale towards the Point where we'll have a front row view of the EQT “Flashes of Freedom” Fireworks Fantasia. One of the most prolific fireworks displays in the country.
Choreographed to an eclectic arrangement of music, and dedicated always to the honor of our men and women in uniform [military, fire, police, EMT], the show ranks annually as one of the Top 10 in the nation. Lasting an indelible 24 minutes long and shot from barges anchored in the city’s renowned confluence and against its magnificent skyline, the show has become a staple attraction for hundreds of thousands of spectators year after year.
It would appear after reviewing the "2013 Boating Safety Zone Flyer", we will watch the fireworks from just beyond the Fort Duquesne Bridge. This is adding more distance to our paddle. I had previously thought we would be watching from beneath the Andy Warhol Bridge.
Physical Ability/Cardiovascular Demand: Easy
Level of Experience: Intermediate
Solo paddlers must be experienced and capable of paddling 7 miles.
What to bring:
For an L.L.Bean outing, you're responsible to supply your own equipment.
Kayak or Canoe
Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
Sound Device (U.S. Coast Guard: a vessel of less than 39.4 feet (12 meters) must, at a a minimum, have some means of making an efficient sound signal – i.e., handheld air horn, pealess whistle, installed horn, etc.
White light source (PA Law: a white light either hand-held or installed ready to be displayed in time to avoid a collision)
Additional Recommended Items:
Additional light source and/or spare batteries
Strap for glasses
Swimsuit and/or synthetic shorts or pants and top
Fleece jacket or pullover
Rainwear and/or nylon wind shell
Change of clothes and footwear for the ride home
One-quart water bottle or hydration system, filled
Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
Closed toed shoes (no Flip Flops)
Dry bag or Pelican case
Minimum age is 8. Children 10 to 14 years of age need to be accompanied by a participating adult. Children 15 to 17 years old can participate alone after their parent has signed the appropriate release form.
Not sure if you're prepared for the outdoors? Visit L.L.Bean at Ross Park Mall and ask to speak with an Outdoor Product Specialist. L.L.Bean will fit you with the right clothing and gear.