Public Safety Prepares for the Return of Light Up Night This Weekend

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 19, 2021) – The Department of Public Safety anticipates a large attendance for Light Up Night, which returns on Saturday, November 20.

The 60th anniversary of the festival marks the unofficial start to the holiday season in Pittsburgh with multiple events taking place Downtown, culminating in a fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m. from the Allegheny Overlook on Ft. Duquesne Boulevard.

“Like most Pittsburghers, I am looking forward to the return of Light Up Night after the traditional event was cancelled due to the pandemic last year. As such, City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety personnel from all of the bureaus will be in place to help provide a safe and fun experience for everyone in what is expected to be a large turnout,” said Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will work with partnering law enforcement agencies -- including the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Allegheny County Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Port Authority Police and State Park Rangers -- to provide uniformed and plainclothes officers throughout the venues. With the Pitt Panthers afternoon game scheduled at Heinz Field, Public Safety will also be working with University of Pittsburgh Police.

Pittsburgh Police Mounted and Motorcycle Units will be in place, as will River Rescue and the Fire Boat, Pittsburgh EMS, Pittsburgh Fire and Emergency Management. The Pennsylvania State Police helicopter will be providing aerial support.

A number of light towers will be erected Downtown in addition to the ones already positioned on the South Side, where an increased police presence remains on busy weekend evenings. City cameras will also be fully operational.

As can be expected, traffic and parking will be a challenge Downtown. Attendees should consider ride-sharing or public transit options.

The weather is forecast to be seasonable with temperatures in the mid-to-high 40s and minimal probability of precipitation.

Police remind the public that drones are not allowed, nor are illegal weapons. In addition, city law prohibits the use of any fireworks, even those that are legal, within 150 feet of a structure.

“We hope residents and visitors will come down and take part in one of the City’s most festive events of the year, but we encourage everyone to do so safely and to be mindful that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Hissrich.

Public Safety wishes everyone a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.





Cara Cruz
Public Information Officer
Public Safety