Family sitting along river in grass looking across to the Downtown Pittsburgh Skyline

Memorial Day Weekend in Pittsburgh

If you're looking for things to do on Memorial Day weekend, 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.

View this post on Instagram

Ceremonial flag folding to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941, and the many sacrifices that followed. . . @anthroliz @historycenter & thx to @museumsamstl #heinzhistorycenter #pittsburgh #pittsburghhistory #museumlife #pearlharborday #flagfoldingceremony

A post shared by Brian Butko (@brianbutko) on

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Celebration 

May 30, 2022, 11a.m.-4p.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 can be purchased from Pittsburgh Barbeque Company as well as a variety of beverages and desserts. 

Be one of the first ever to see our “America’s Defenders” statue honoring Post-911 Veterans and visit our special exhibit showing how the statue went from a sketch to a life size bronze memorial.

Civil War re-enactors will set up a display camp on the grass where they will interpret how Union soldiers lived and display articles from the era. Also in attendance will be re-enactors who portray members of the Grand Army of the Republic. 

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 3pm.

Lawrenceville Memorial Day Parade 

May 30, 2022, 10a.m.

Put on your red, white and blue and head to Lawrenceville's annual Memorial Day Parade, one of the longest-running parades in the country. The parade features more than 65 groups including marching bands, veterans' organizations, dogs, classic cars, local sports mascots and more. The parade kicks off at 36th and Butler Streets and ends at the Allegheny Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 15,000 Veterans. Immediately following the parade, a memorial tribute service will be held at the Soldier's Memorial. 

Allegheny Cemetery

Visit a Memorial

Memorial Day is the perfect time to visit one of Pittsburgh's many memorials and monuments. You can visit: