PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Mayor Bill Peduto and the head of a regional history museum have outlined plans to celebrate Pittsburgh’s bicentennial.
The city was founded in 1758 and celebrated that 250th anniversary eight years ago. This year’s celebrations commemorate the 200th anniversary of Pittsburgh’s incorporation as a city in 1816.
After celebrating the actual anniversary on March 18, the city will also host three other “signature” events. A parade in July will feature descendants of the city’s 63 mayors. Light-Up Night, which begins the holiday shopping season in November and First Night Pittsburgh, on New Year’s Eve, will also include bicentennial celebrations.
Andy Masich, executive director and CEO of the Heinz Regional History Center, is helping stage the events with a volunteer commission. There will be 300 smaller themed events throughout the year.