Pittsburgh Fourth of July block party still happening despite city pulling permits, organizers say

PITTSBURGH — Organizers of an annual Independence Day block party in the Northside plan to hold their event, despite permits for events in Pittsburgh getting pulled.

Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County over the past two weeks, the health department ordered bars and restaurants to close in-person services – and no events or activities with more than 25 people are allowed for one week.

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After that order came down Thursday afternoon, the city of Pittsburgh also pulled all permits for Fourth of July block parties and canceled all events for that day.

But some people aren’t taking “no” for an answer.

A few organizers told Channel 11 they have been planning their annual block party on Eloise Street for weeks, and they’ve spent $3,000 on supplies.

David Haddix Jr. said guests this year will wear masks and get their temperatures checked before they can enter. They also have gloves, hand sanitizer and hand soap for guests to use.

Haddix and his group had a permit from the city, but officials pulled all permits for block parties Thursday, leaving them questioning what to do.

“You’re going to call us and tell us that it’s canceled in less than 48 hours?” organizer Dina Daft said.

“We’re not about to stay inside on a holiday that you’re supposed to celebrate your freedom,” said organizer Jesse Turner.

Haddix said they are aware of the concern for public health, but they believe “people have the right to do what they want as well.”

Haddix told Channel 11 that if he gets a citation, he will fight it. The block party is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m.