Memorial Day Festivities in the ‘Burgh
It’s almost that time of year again. Pools are finally being opened and fireworks are lighting up the sky. Yep, that’s right–Memorial Day! There’s so much to do around the ‘Burgh, and if you’re looking for plans, we got you. These are your best bets around Pittsburgh for this years Memorial Day Weekend.
On Friday, May 23 beginning at 11AM, Seven Springs will host a weekend of celebration to kick off the summer for people of all ages. You can chill by the pool, take a hike, or be adventurous on the Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Experience and the Screaming Hawk Zipline. If you want to take things down a notch, you can check out the spa, or play a round of golf. Various games and demonstrations will be available throughout the weekend.
Moving through the weekend, Saturday, May 24, Hartwood Acres will host Pyro Fest, America’s Largest Firework Festival. You can see amazing displays of fireworks tailored to Memorial Day, including a U.S. Military Salute and National Anthem Daytime Display. Pyro Fest will also introduce the “Whole Lotta Love” display for the first time! Although fireworks are the main attraction, Pyro Fest also includes live music, food, and a kids zone. Tickets are required and all ages are welcome.
Towards the end of the weekend on Sunday, May 25 at 2PM, Homewood Cemetery will host a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony and Cemetery Tours with keynote speaker, Mayor Peduto. The program features a POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony, the laying of the Wreath of Tribute, a gun salute and taps. Speaker Jane Louik will also remember the military career of her parents. Bus tours of the cemetery focus on veterans and the history of Memorial Day and are offered 10AM to 3PM. The tours are free, however reservations are required.
Also on Sunday at 3PM, Tugboat’s Restaurant and Bar will hold a Memorial Day Weekend Concert. Frank Marcello, from Forest Hills, is bringing his national recording band, the Drowning Clowns, to Tugboat’s. Mike Speranzo (Mr. Small’s), Liz Berlin (Mr. Small’s and Rusted Root) and the rest of their eight-member band will be playing songs from their new album All That’s Covered Over. The opening acts will be Jay Constable and the Five 6 Band. Music will begin at 6PM. Pro-skateboarder Evan Smith of D.C. and Element will also be at the event. There will be a $5 cover charge.
To wrap up the holiday weekend, on Monday, May 26 from 10AM to 4PM, Allegheny County has planned a Memorial Day Celebration at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. This free event includes different activities for children, along with Veteran Remembrance activities, and live entertainment. Throughout the day there will be a memorial services for fallen Pennsylvania service members, drum corps performances, and Children’s Field Day Activities from 11:30AM to 12:30PM. As the icing on the cake for the weekend festivities, you can go home with a belly full of cornbread if you choose to compete in the cornbread eating contest. YUM!