2011 Memorial Day Weekend Events in Pittsburgh, PA

If you live in Pittsburgh or will be visiting for Memorial Day Weekend 2011, there are lots of area events to keep you busy and entertained. Enjoy these Pittsburgh Memorial Day 2011 events with the whole family as you have fun getting outside in the warmer weather.

Mutt Strut Memorial Day 5K and Dog Walk
Sunday, May 29, 2011
9 a.m.

Celebrate the service of our troops with your four-pawed friend this Memorial Day. This event includes a 5K run (no dogs) or a 1.5 mile dog walk with lead walker Cris Winter of Today’s WISH 99.7. Enjoy a light breakfast and pet-friendly activities. All participants will receive a t-shirt, and goodie bag, which can be picked up in advance. You can also meet members of Operation Troop Appreciation, an organization which builds and sustains the morale of deployed troops. Register in advance to secure your spot; teams are encouraged. This event happens rain or shine.

Memorial Day Observance Ceremonies
Various areas around Pittsburgh will be hosting services to honor our servicemen and women this Memorial Day. Many services will be held in cemeteries and churches, and some even begin or end with a parade. This is a moving way to remember the meaning behind this holiday, and the above link will show you which services are close to you.

Penn Hills’ Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 30, 2011
11:30 a.m.

Bring the whole family and enjoy this parade which marches along Frankstown Road in Pittsburgh. The parade will feature antique cars, bands, floats, and fire companies. Come early with blankets and chairs to get a great viewing spot.

Free Admission for Military Personnel at the Pittsburgh Zoo
To honor our troops, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium give free admission and 20% off all gift shop purchases to all military personnel with a valid ID on Memorial Day, as well as Veteran’s Day and the Fourth of July. Celebrate all you’ve done for our country on this special day at the zoo and aquarium with your family and friends.

GoodShip Lollipop Cruise
Sunday, May 29 & Monday, May 30, 2011
$13.50 Adults; $9.50 children ages 3 to 12

Sail the scenic three rivers on the Gateway Clipper Fleet this Memorial Day weekend. Each GoodShip Lollipop Cruise is one hour long. Join the captain as he points out scenic points of interest and stories about the past and present. Lolli the Clown will also be on these cruises to delight and entertain the children. This is a wonderful way to see Pittsburgh and enjoy the start of warmer weather.