Three Rivers Regatta

The Three Rivers

The Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is an annual motorboat and river festival held along the riverfront near Point State Park. The Regatta was founded in 1977 and for many years was held in early-August. Beginning in 2004, the Regatta was scheduled to coincide with the July 4th holiday.

The Three Rivers Regatta

The Three Rivers Regatta is the largest inland regatta in the United States, drawing 1.5 million spectators yearly to the banks of the Allegheny River and to Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. Beginning in 1982, the festival has been host to an F1 ChampBoat Series race. The race, when originally held in 1982, was the first F1 powerboat race held in the United States. No race was held in 2006 and 2007.

The Three Rivers Regatta

Along with the Champboat races, the three-day Regatta features concerts, games, river activities and plenty of good food. On the final evening, the festival is capped off by an incredible Zambelli fireworks display. Tens of thousands of spectators crowd Point State Park and the overlooks along Mount Washington for the show. The river is full of local boaters, and the mirrorlike reflections of the fireworks on the river are a sight to see. The Three Rivers Regatta is one of Pittsburgh's premier yearly festivals.

Point State Park during the Three Rivers Regatta   The Three Rivers Regatta July 4 fireworks.

Historically, the Regatta is the annual continuation of the original speed boat and paddle wheeler races of the "Pittsburgh Welcome Week Regatta" held annually starting on May 21, 1949 and continuing through the 1950's.

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The Three Rivers Regatta
 July 4 fireworks in 2006
 (Post-Gazette Photo)

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