If you're looking for things to do on Memorial Day weekend, you've come to the right spot!
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.
Head to the Senator John Heinz History Center's Great Hall for a very moving and patriotic flag ceremony from 12-12:30 pm. Join local veterans and museum visitors to help to unfurl a giant 36-foot American Flag. During the ceremony, participate in the National Anthem and a moment of silence for those who served our country. Then help to ceremoniously fold the flag with the help of fellow visitors.
Enjoy free, patriotic, family-oriented Memorial Day festivities at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall. Activities include the 11 am ceremony for fallen Pennsylvania service members from the war on terrorism, a performance of the 6th regiment drum corps and a 3 pm concert by ensemble-in-residence Brass Roots. Bring the kids for fun in the bounce house, obstacle course track, craft table with assorted patriotic crafts, spin art, and much more. A caricature artist will be drawing attendees and Mike the Balloon Guy will be creating balloon art.
Put on your red, white and blue and head to Lawrenceville's 110th 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 10 am Monday, May 28 at 36th and Butler Streets and will last about 45 minutes.
Follow the parade into Allegheny Cemetery for a Tribute Service at the Soldiers Memorial, including patriotic music, a ceremonial volley and a dove release. The week before the parade, volunteers place thousands of flags at soldiers' graves for the ceremony. For the kids, check out face painting and music – or cool off with a dip in the fountain! Car enthusiasts won't be able to contain their excitement during the Classic & Antique Car Show from 12:30-2:30 pm.
Memorial Day is the perfect time to visit one of Pittsburgh's many memorials and monuments. You can visit the Korean War Memorial, Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial, World War II Memorial, Tribute to Children Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans' Monument downtown, or make the drive to the Flight 93 National Memorial.
Bring the entire family for OpenStreetsPGH, a free event happening May 27 in Downtown Pittsburgh. Busy neighborhood streets are closed to vehicle traffic from 9am to 1pm. You can bike, dance, skate, and run in a fun atmosphere. There are fitness workshops, kids’ activities, shopping, food, community arts, and special promotions presented by local businesses and organizations. The actions takes place from Market Square, Downtown to Uptown through the Armstrong Tunnel to East Carson Street in the South Side.
Enjoy America’s favorite past time at one of the best ballparks in America – PNC Park – and cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals Friday-Sunday and the Chicago Cubs on Memorial Day. The first 20,000 fans in the ballpark on Friday receive a free shirt.
Suzie McGrane is an avid Pirates fan, has a sweet tooth, is a world traveler and has a big disco ball in her cellar. She’s been known to dance around her office on Friday afternoons.