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City Bicentennial plans


As the City of Pittsburgh Bicentennial kickoff celebration approaches, the Bicentennial Commission and VisitPITTSBURGH have launched the Bicentennial website at and Bicentennial Events Calendar at

Organizations can become Bicentennial Partners by visiting and clicking on Pittsburgh Bicentennial Events. 

Since the bicentennial announcement on Jan. 6, 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. ”

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 include:

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.


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