Roberto Clemente Bridge, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Brook Ward’s photostream

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 14, 2016) – The City of Pittsburgh and the Bicentennial Commission will host an Incorporation Day bicentennial celebration event on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the City-County Building.

Lead by Mayor William Peduto and Commission Chairman Andy Masich, the celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with the unveiling of the original Incorporation Charter on loan from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission in Harrisburg, Pa. Guest speakers will include Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh CEO Esther Bush and Riverlife CEO Vivien Li along with recognition of several elected officials in attendance. The 10 a.m. presentation will also feature musical performances from the CAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Pittsburgh 200 Celebration Choir, directed by Rev. Deryck Tines, a birthday cake compliments of Eat’n Park, bottled water provided by PWSA and a Bicentennial singing of “Happy Birthday.”

Other Incorporation Day celebration attractions include a Historical Pop Up Pittsburgh exhibit on display in the City-County Building lobby, featuring historical artifacts from dozens of Pittsburgh institutions and local collections. Students from Pittsburgh Public Schools will unveil a custom Bicentennial mural project and present it to Mayor William Peduto. Visitors will be eligible to register for guided tours of the historical areas of the 99-year-old City-County building from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Incorporation Day celebrations continue into Friday evening with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Bicentennial Gallery Crawl Friday, March 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.The City-County Building stop on the crawl will feature the Historical Pop Up Pittsburgh exhibit in the lobby and musical performances featuring classical favorites from the Youth Chamber Connection, a group of 7th-12th grade musicians from the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. This special Gallery Crawl will branch out of the Cultural District, extending reach to the City-County Building, PDP Public Art in Market Square, the Omni William Penn and other new locations. In honor of the Bicentennial celebration, never before seen items and new events are being offered throughout the city. The City-County Building exhibit will be on display during regular business hours through April 8. Complete details on the Gallery Crawl can be found here:

The City of Pittsburgh has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh and Heinz History Center’s “Historic Pittsburgh” collaboration to have historical documents digitized and made available to the public. Images of the original Act of Incorporation recorded on March 18, 1816, the first minutes recorded in meetings and the first ordinances established by the new city government shortly thereafter can be found on the Historic Pittsburgh website:

Since the bicentennial announcement on Jan. 6, 2016, more than 300 community organizations have become Bicentennial Partners. The Bicentennial Commission and VisitPITTSBURGH have launched the Bicentennial website and Bicentennial Events Calendar. Organizations can become Bicentennial Partners by visiting and clicking on Pittsburgh Bicentennial Events.

About the Pittsburgh Bicentennial

The Pittsburgh Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Pittsburgh, giving citizens opportunity for self-governance. Pittsburgh was incorporated as a city on March 18, 1816. 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, follow @PGHbicentennial on Twitter for follow the hashtag #PGH200.