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.
You don’t have to travel far from Pittsburgh to experience a
frightfully good time. If you’re looking to scare up some fun this Halloween,
check out these delightfully devilish local haunted attractions.
Hundred Acres Manor
At the Hundred Acres Manor, one ticket grants you access to six of Pennsylvania’s scariest attractions. Brave your way through six haunted houses, experience the horror of the Buried Alive Experience, test your wits in the Escape Rooms, and get lost in the black wall maze. After a frightfully good time, unwind with a drink at the Straub Brewery Scream Bar. If you’d like to get in on these thrills and chills, the Hundred Acres Manor is open every evening in October, except for Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15.
ScareHouse lives up to its name — ABC News proclaims it “The Scariest Haunted House in America,” while award-winning filmmaker and horror aficionado Guillermo del Toro says, “I could live here!” With that kind of high praise, you won’t want to miss ScareHouse’s heart-pounding Stalked by a Serial Killer Escape Room or the high-impact scares of The Basement. You can experience the nightmare for yourself every Thursday through Sunday in October.
Carnegie Trail of
Looking for a family-friendly Halloween haunt? While the titular trail offers some intense scares, there’s something for everyone at this outdoor attraction. The Carnegie Trail of Terror boasts everything from killer clowns and ghastly ghouls to tasty concessions and a pumpkin patch. The Trail of Terror is located in Carnegie Park, only 15 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh. You can tour the trail on every Friday and Saturday in October, starting on Oct. 11, from 7-11 p.m.
Ford announced that it’s bringing back the iconic Ford
Bronco in 2018, but it’s been almost entirely silent on the rugged off-roader
ever since. Though details are few and far between, we have learned one
particularly juicy tidbit from the head man in charge of the Blue Oval. During
a shareholder conference call this spring, Jim Hackett, Ford CEO, confirmed
that there will be a Ford Bronco hybrid variant.
This new hybrid would be part of the current push for Ford to become more electric throughout its lineup over the next few years. The brand has recently invested $11 billion in creating electric variants of their vehicles through 2023.
Even with this information, we still don’t know much about the Bronco. Ford has released some teaser images that show the Bronco’s squared-off shape, but it’s been mum on everything else. There’s been rumblings about two- and four-door variants, detachable doors and a detachable roof, and the very nature of its retro design that will harken back to its past. We also have a strong indication that there will be a smaller version of the Bronco — which many people are referring to as the Baby Bronco — that may well hit the market at the same time as its larger sibling. The Bronco is expected to debut in 2020, so it may still be a few months before we get some hard facts we can sink our teeth into. One thing we do know for sure: When the 2021 Ford Bronco does (finally) arrive, you’ll be able to find it right here at Shults Ford Harmarville.
Are you looking for something to do for the Fourth of July in Pittsburgh this summer? The city is playing host to a wide range of events to celebrate America’s birthday, but here are just a few to consider:
Celebrate America Pittsburgh!: This July Fourth celebration will take place at Point State Park, starting at noon and lasting until 10 p.m. The event is presented by the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and will include entertainment on the main stage, family activities, and food — all culminating in a fireworks display at 9:35 p.m. to close out the night. Learn more about this year’s Celebrate America Pittsburgh!
Fourth at the Fort: This free and family-friendly event is educational! Take the kids to Point State Park (you’ll already be there for the bigger celebration) for the outdoor living history program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reenactors from the Fort Pitt Museum will be on hand to demonstrate what life was like in the 1700s — the century of the American Revolution! Learn more here.
Flag Ceremony: The Fourth of July is a great time to reflect on the sacrifices so many have made to make our nation free and proud. From 8-8:30 a.m. on July 4 at the Senator John Heinz History Center, local veterans will roll out a 36-foot American Flag, recite the National Anthem, and observe a moment of silence. Learn more about the event here.
Later this month, Pittsburgh will play host to an amazing event that we encourage all of our customers in the area to check out. The Water Lantern Festival in Pittsburgh will be held on Saturday, May 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Allegheny Commons Park West on West Ohio Street in Pittsburgh. That’s just a 14-mile drive from our dealership into downtown Pittsburgh.
So what is the Water Lantern Festival? This family-friendly event is an opportunity for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and Pittsburgh residents with whom you may otherwise never cross paths to come together and create a peaceful experience with one another. The event will have live music, food trucks with delicious eats, and, of course, the lantern lighting on the water at sunset.
Tickets can be purchased at the event for $40, but if you buy online ahead of time, you can find great discounts. Tickets include entry to the event, a wristband, a commemorative drawstring bag, a floating lantern, and a marker to leave your mark on it.
At 8 p.m., those in attendance will start designing their lanterns, and then everyone will be launching them from 8:30 to 9:30, creating a stunning effect on the water.
Car lovers from across the Pittsburgh area came together last month for the annual Pittsburgh Auto Show, which took place from February 15th to February 18th at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in the heart of the city.
Throughout the venue, automotive enthusiasts got the chance to check out a range of vehicles, including classic and brand-new vehicles. There were a range of exotic brands, too, including McLaren, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. Sponsors of the event included Ally and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, while the vendors spanned a wide range of industries, from locals like Fudge Farm and Pittsburgh Garage to those that stretch across the nation like AT&T and State Farm.
Along with these new vehicles, the show also highlighted the latest safety technologies available in the industry with Impaired Driving Demonstrations, which allowed attendees to see how dangerous driving distracted can be.
This event also coincided with the Dancing with the Cars charity event, which occurred this year on February 14. The Pittsburgh Auto Show’s 75th Diamond Anniversary was celebrated during the charity gala, allowing someone to go home with a $7,500 diamond necklace from Joden Jewelers. Overall, the charity raised $5,102,500 for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Charities.
Founded in 1903, Ford has a long history behind it — and a big future ahead of it. Its past gives us the chance to dive into its legacy and learn about how such a great company grew into the brand it is today. Here are a few fun facts about Ford from our team at Shults Ford Harmarville.
First-ever Ford vehicle
The first-ever Ford vehicle was sold in 1903. Dr. Pfennig purchased the Model A for just $850. As Ford’s first vehicle, the Model A could only go 30 mph.
Henry Ford pushed for higher wages
When workers began to express concern over their wages, Henry Ford decided to increase his employees’ wages to double the market average. He expressed his strong support of paying workers a living wage. Henry Ford said the labor industry’s “first job is to make a good product. Second, pay a good wage.”
Best-selling vehicle in America
The Ford F-Series, commonly referred to as the Ford F-150, has been America’s best selling truck for the last 40 years in a row. The full-size pickup has established name recognition across the industry and beyond since the 1970s.
At Shults Ford Harmarville, we are proud to provide our customers with such an established, reputable brand like Ford. Visit us to see all of the Ford vehicles on our lot, including the best-selling Ford F-150.
Many lament the passing of Christmas and New Year’s Day as the end of the most wonderful time of the year. But we at Shults Ford Harmarville know that the best time of the year will actually be a couple weeks later during the famous Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.
This year, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week will be held from January 14th through January 20th, with the theme “New Dishes for the New Year.” During this special week, restaurants across the city will offer special menu items and discounts to encourage foodies to come out and dine with them and prove why Pittsburgh really is “America’s Top Food City.”
There are so many restaurants participating this year, including Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar and Osteria 2350, each of which has already published special menus. Other participating restaurants include Burgh’ers, DiAnoia’s Eatery, Eddie Merlot’s, Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille, Sienna on the Square, Superior Motors, Texas De Brazil, The Fountry Table & Tap, and Vue 412.
Looking for a new way to get around during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week? Consider a new Ford with an advanced backup camera or even Enhanced Active Park Assist to help you with parking during this crazy, but fun week.
Traveling with pets can be a daunting endeavor – but it doesn’t have to be. To help you prepare for your next trip with your furry friends, we’ve gone ahead and put together some tips for traveling with pets.
Plan ahead. If you’re heading out on a long road trip, it’s likely that you will have to spend the night in hotels as you go. Many hotels, though, don’t allow pets or only have a limited number of rooms that it allows pets in. To ensure your furry friends have a place to stay overnight, make sure you book hotels that are pet-friendly before you leave. Also, plan to stop every couple of hours to give your dog a break and a short walk to help them stretch their legs.
Be prepared. Safety is important, which is why having the proper safety equipment for your pets is a must. Purchase a well-rated travel crate, a pet barrier, or restraint of some sort to help protect your pet in case of an accident.
Make a checklist. You don’t want to get halfway through your road trip only to realize you forgot something important like your pup’s food or your cat’s litter tray. Before you start packing, create a checklist that has all of the essentials on it. Doing so is a great way to ensure you don’t forget anything. Make sure you include everything from food, water, and poop bags to medications, cleaning supplies, and an ID tag if your dog happens to get out unexpectedly.