Office of Mayor William Peduto
Bicentennial Celebration Event List Grows As March 18 Incorporation Anniversary Approaches

PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 24, 2016) - As the City of Pittsburgh Bicentennial kickoff celebration approaches, the Bicentennial Commission and VisitPITTSBURGH have launched the Bicentennial website and Bicentennial Events Calendar. Organizations can become Bicentennial Partners by visiting www.pgh200.com and clicking on Pittsburgh Bicentennial Events. 

Since the bicentennial announcement on Jan. 6, 2016, more than 300 community partners have expressed interest in hosting bicentennial events.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response to the plans for the bicentennial year so far,” said Mayor William Peduto. “The 200th anniversary grants us so many opportunities to celebrate Pittsburgh’s rich history. This week alone is filled with Pittsburgh historical events - the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 120 years as an ensemble, and 52 years ago, Dr. Jonas Salk was administering the first polio vaccines to school children in Lawrenceville. And that’s just this week! We have much to be proud of.”

Notable Bicentennial celebrations this week include the Pittsburgh Black Honors Symposium and Gala on Thursday, Feb. 25, honoring Pittsburgh’s Black Legacy leaders to the present and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 120th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Carnegie Music Hall.

The City of Pittsburgh will host a bicentennial kickoff event on Friday, March 18, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with an Incorporation Day Celebration in the City-County Building lobby. The celebration will feature guest speakers, musical performances, artwork created by local students, historical artifacts from dozens of Pittsburgh institutions and the unveiling of the original City Charter document on loan from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in Harrisburg, Pa. City volunteers are still searching for the time capsule that Mayor Joseph Armstrong placed in the City-County Building on May 18, 1916. The city and Bicentennial Commission hope to have a time capsule update on Incorporation Day.

Upcoming Bicentennial Events:

  • Friday, March 11 - 311 Response Center “311 Day”
  • Saturday, March 12 - St. Patrick’s Day Parade: 100th Remembrance of the Easter Rising
  • Thursday, March 17 - Pittsburgh Penguins Bicentennial Celebration Game
  • Friday, March 18 - Incorporation Day Celebration at the City-County Building

Contact: Holly Bulvony - Sr. Vice President of Communications, A to Z Communications (412) 471-4160; holly@atozcommunications.com

About the Pittsburgh Bicentennial

The Pittsburgh Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of the official 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Pittsburgh, giving citizens the right to vote and the opportunity for self-governance. Mayor William Peduto formed the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission to recognize and celebrate the anniversary with unique and collaborative partnerships. Over 200 organizations, companies, nonprofits and individuals are participating in the yearlong celebration. For more information visit www.pgh200.com, follow @PGHbicentennial on Twitter for follow the hashtag #PGH200.

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