With Independence Day fast approaching and most of us trying to stay at home, you may be wondering how to celebrate the most patriotic holiday of them all without hosting a large gathering or cookout. That’s why we put together this list of creative, fun ways to celebrate Fourth of July at home with your family.
Highlight the Declaration of Independence
While we don’t recommend taking an actual highlighter to the proclamation of our nation’s independence, giving it a dramatic reading could be a fun way to recognize its historical significance. Gathering the family and divvying up passages to read is sure to remind everyone that one simple document can change the world.
Get the kids involved
On the surface, history might seem boring to kids. However, framing a learning experience about the origins of America as a fun game show is a great way to help your children connect with their country’s legacy. You can even introduce Fourth of July-themed treats as rewards for getting the right answers.
Watch a well-themed movie
Sitting down with your family for a movie night — complete with delicious food, naturally — is the perfect way to end a Fourth of July spent at home. You can opt for a classic war film, superhero fare like Captain America, an action flick like Independence Day, or a family-friendly adventure like National Treasure.
No matter how you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July at home in Pittsburgh, all of us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville would like to wish you a happy, safe Independence Day.
You don’t have to cross the Atlantic to enjoy a
European-style holiday bazaar. Make holiday memories by snapping a free picture
of your little ones with Santa Claus, or put your talents to the test at the
Holiday Karaoke Contest, where you could take home the grand prize of $1,000.
The festivities run daily, from Nov. 22 – Dec. 23.
Highmark First Night
Fuel your creative side with this art-centric New Year’s Eve
festival. As the last hurrah for 2019, this spectacular celebration features
over 150 events for revelers of all ages. With live music, ice sculptures, and
a wealth of kid-friendly activities, the Highmark First Night is sure to help
you start 2020 with plenty of inspiration. The event runs from Dec. 31, 2019 to
Jan. 1, 2020, from 6 p.m. to midnight.
When the holiday season rolls around, this old-fashioned amusement park becomes a dazzling winter wonderland. Boasting nearly 2 million twinkling lights and the tallest Christmas tree in The Keystone State, the Kennywood holiday display is sure to delight visitors of all ages. The park also offers festive activities, like cookie decorating, pictures with Santa, and train rides through a gingerbread village. You’ll be able to experience the magic from 5-9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Nov. 22 – Dec. 22, as well as Dec. 26-30. At Shults Ford Harmarville, we’re excited to celebrate the season with our local community.
St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday where we all get to be a little bit Irish, even if we’re not. St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh is a big deal. Not only do we have a parade, but there are other fun events taking place throughout the month of March.
This year’s parade will take place on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Saturday, March 17th at 10am. The parade route starts at Grant St. and 11th, turns right on Boulevard of the Allies, and ends at Commonwealth Place. If you want to get a good viewing spot along the route, be sure to head out early. Drive your Ford Explorer or Expedition so you can fit the whole crew. With the addition of Ford’s Safe & Smart Package, Enhanced Active Park Assist, and Sync® 3 technology, you’ll have zero stress about getting there safely and finding a parking spot. Pick up a new one at Shults Ford of Harmarville before the 17th to get one in time!
For even more fun, try the St. Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner held at Gaetano’s Banquet Center & Restaurant on March 3rd and 17th. Tickets cost $37.50 and include a dinner buffet, dessert, and the fun of a murder mystery.
If you’re looking for some Irish-themed fun after St. Patrick’s Day, check out the Celtic Dinner Theater from 6-8pm on Sunday, March 18th. Tickets are $49.99 each and include a traditional Irish meal and entertainment from Eric Michael and Julie Powell as well as others.
Be sure to enjoy your Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day!
The holiday season is upon us, which means there are several holiday events in Pittsburgh. Whether you’re looking for a romantic event for a date or for a simply something fun to do with the whole family, there’s an event for nearly everyone. Here at Shults Ford Harmarville, we’ve put together a list of just a few of the many upcoming holiday events and activities in the area.
According to Visit Pittsburgh, there are a number of holiday performances in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. For example, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has an annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The Pittsburgh CLO also puts on a performance of A Christmas Carol every year, and the Symphony Orchestra will have Highmark Holiday Pops.
Next, check out the Peoples Gas Holiday Market. Held from November 17 to December 23, this market is designed like a quaint European village, yet it’s held in the heart of the Downtown’s Market Square. You can find holiday gifts from a long list of local vendors. There’s also hot apple cider and a range of local restaurants nearby for dinner.
Finally, visit the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh on December 31. This New Year’s Eve celebration is an arts-centered event held in the Cultural District. There will be live music, performances, ice sculptures, and more. An extravaganza that’s great for families, you can be a part of the 50,000 participants that will gather to see the ball drop in Pittsburgh. This is just one of the many fun things to do this winter in the area.
April Fools’ Day has been a tradition as long as we can remember. But just where did that tradition start?
There has been some debate amongst historians over when April Fools’ first began. Also called All Fools’ Day, the original conception of this holiday is still a mystery. Some historians believe that it all began in 1582, when the Julian calendar became the Gregorian calendar. This change made the start of the year January 1st instead of April 1st.
However, many people never knew about the change, so they ended up celebrating New Years on April 1st. The people who didn’t know became a joke, having people place paper fish on their back as a way of making fun of them, calling them “easily caught fish”. This comedic occurrence might have been the beginning of April Fools’ Day.
It’s possible that this idea spread or that the celebration of April Fools’ started because of the vernal equinox, when Mother Nature was accused of “tricking” people. Throughout the 18th century, April Fools’ Day became more popular. It’s even a two-day event in Scotland.
Even large corporations like Burger King and Sports Illustrated celebrate April Fools’ Day. No matter how you celebrate April Fools’ Day this year, know that it comes with plenty of history!