Update[masked]:30pm: We will want to be on the water and heading towards the Point no later than 8:45pm. Fireworks are to start at 9:35pm.
The projected flow at 6:00pm on July 4th is 28.1kcfs. This is faster than normal and be aware that intermediate paddling skills are recommended.
It may also be best to have an all-round white light visible while in the flotilla when at the Point. If you're unsure of the rules, please visit http://fishandboat.com/boatcrs/03boathandbook/chap2_09_night.htm.
Join L.L.Bean for a free kayak/canoe outing from Millvale towards the Point where we'll have a front row view of the EQT “Flashes of Freedom” Fireworks, widely considered one of the Top 10, 4th of July displays in the country.
The performance traditionally honors all men and women in uniform [military, fire, police, EMT], dedicated to the protection, freedom and love of our great nation. Shot from barges anchored in the city’s renowned confluence and against its scenic skyline, the show attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators year after year.
Update[masked]: Safety Zone (SZ) information has been released... Our flotilla will be created on the Allegheny River approximately 0.05 miles from the Point.
Millvale Public Boat Launch
Physical Ability/Cardiovascular Demand: Easy
Level of Experience: Intermediate
Solo paddlers must be experienced and capable of paddling 7 miles.
***Watercrafts & Supporting Equipment***
This is a free L.L.Bean outing "you're responsible to supply your own equipment." L.L.Bean does not currently rent watercrafts and/or supporting equipment. On L.L.Bean courses and tours offered on North Park Lake, equipment is provided.
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What to bring:
Completed and signed L.L.Bean participant agreement Click Here
Kayak or Canoe
Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
Sound Device – pealess whistle works well
White light source (PA Law: a white light either hand-held or installed ready to be displayed in time to avoid a collision)
One-quart water bottle or hydration system, filled
Strap for glasses
Swimsuit and/or synthetic shorts or pants and top
Rainwear and/or nylon wind shell
Personal medicines such as EpiPen or inhaler
Dry bag or Pelican case
Change of clothes and footwear for the ride home
Closed toed shoes (no Flip Flops)
*Electronic devices may become wet and should be stored in a dry bag or Pelican case.
Minimum Age 10: This outing is open to ages 10 and above. 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 L.L.Bean participant agreement.