We all know Pittsburgh throws a great party--think Light Up Night, Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, and First Night, just to name a few. In 2016 however, Pittsburgh is upping the ante and throwing itself a yearlong 200th birthday party!
The Pittsburgh Bicentennial is a celebration of the official 200th anniversary of the creation and incorporation of Pittsburgh as a city, which gave Pittsburghers the right to vote and govern themselves.
Mayor William Peduto kicks off the Bicentennial events on January 6th at a press conference at the City County Building. Five signature events are happening throughout the year, including a "Bicentennial Bash," on July 8 hosted by the Senator John Heinz History Center. You can find more information about upcoming events on our events calendar.
Pittsburgh never misses a chance to shine, and the theme for this year's events is centered on remembering the past and looking toward the bright future of the city we love. Over 300 organizations, companies, nonprofits, and individuals are participating in Bicentennial activities, which also demonstrates the unique and collaborative partnerships that make Pittsburgh a great and innovative city.
Mayor Peduto said,"It is an honor to celebrate the rich history and legacy of the great City of Pittsburgh with the Bicentennial anniversary. The 200th anniversary is an opportunity for the city, region and world to celebrate all that makes Pittsburgh and Pittsburghers extraordinary, bridging the past and the future."
As a visitor to Pittsburgh in 2016, you have a unique chance to see Pittsburgh in a new light. Along with this city of hardworking dreamers and doers and it history of innovation and can-do spirit, you get to interact with our unique attractions, attend special events and meet the partners that make Pittsburgh such a great place to visit, live, work, and play.
The bicentennial provides an opportunity to share what is best about Pittsburgh and we welcome visitors from around the world to come and #LovePGH with us!
Molly Allwein loves traveling the world, her three rescue dogs, and indulging in brunch & happy hour. Her favorite things about living in Pittsburgh are the $10 opera tickets, the robust community and philanthropic organizations, and the amazing culinary scene.