If you're looking for things to do on Memorial Day weekend in 2023, you've come to the right spot!
Memorial Day Weekend is coming soon, and Pittsburgh is the place to be for inspiring ceremonies and patriotic events. Memorial Day pays tribute to all American men and women who died in active military service. Pittsburgh honors these heroes with a variety of events throughout the city. If you're spending Memorial Day weekend in Pittsburgh, here are some events that offer a way to pay your respects and have some family fun since the holiday is also the unofficial kickoff to Summer.
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Celebration
May 29, 2023, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Be at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum for a free celebration! The day begins with a ceremony at 11am that pays tribute to fallen Pennsylvania service members from the war on terrorism. Stay for the afternoon and enjoy family-friendly activities including crafts, face painting, a bouncy house and fun contests with prizes. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase and celebrity personality Mike Frazer of 3WS will host the day's events.
Be sure to see the “America’s Defenders” statue honoring Post-911 Veterans as part of this all-day tribute to our Fallen Post 9-11 Pennsylvania Veterans.
Camp Chase Fife and Drum, one of the top fife and drum corps in the country who perform Civil War music in period costumes, will be performing patriotic military music throughout the day culminating with a concert at the end of the day
Submarine Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony
May 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
Head to Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin Science Center for a special ceremony highlighted by 40 submarine veterans of the USS VI Requin Base aboard the Cold War-era submarine located just outside the Center. A 21-gun salute, casting of flower petals and tolling of a bell will honor the memory of both the submarines and those who served on them.
This ceremony can be viewed along the river trail next to the submarine for spectators.
Hookstown Grange Annual Memorial Day Car Cruise
May 29, 2023, 12-3 p.m.
Come enjoy the Hookstown Grange Car Show at the Hookstown Fairgrounds. Parking and admission are both free. There will be a raffle and food available. For more information, call 724-573-9377.
Visit a Memorial
Memorial Day is the perfect time to visit one of Pittsburgh's many memorials and monuments. You can visit:
The best way to see some of the most well-known monuments in our city is to go on our self-guided North Shore walking tour. This short tour is mostly flat and gives lots of time for you to pause and reflect as long as you need at each stop.
Other Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend
Concerts, live theatre and other special events May 26-29, 2023:
Venture Outdoors opens their Kayak Pittsburgh rentals for the season starting May 27 at their new Downtown (below Acrisure Stadium) pop-up and North Park locations. Sharpsburg location rentals open the weekend prior on May 20
Kennywood is open daily for the season starting this weekend, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on May 27-28 and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. May 29