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46th Annual Nationality Days
May 13, 14, 15, 2011
Parade: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Noon
Will travel from 14th & Merchant to 4th & Merchant
The 46th Annual Ambridge Nationality Days Festival will be held May 13, 14, and 15, 2011 along the longest main street in Beaver County, Ambridge, Pennsylvania’s own Merchant Street. Ambridge, an United States Preserve America Community, has been home to the Nationality Days festival, since its origin in 1965. The event is held yearly and is hosted by the Ambridge Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local and national companies, business owners, and corporations.
The event continues to be the largest event in Beaver County drawing crowds at times of over 40,000 to 50,000 people to the main streets of Ambridge. The festival is a heritage based festival featuring home cooked cuisine from local churches and organizations, local homemade heritage crafts and culture based entertainment for the entire three days of the festival.
A parade will be held on Saturday, May 14 which features local heritage organizations, county wide marching bands, local public service organizations, and so much more. “The amount of people this festival brings into our community is amazing. Many of the stores on the main street do their best business of the year in these three days.
This festival is a true asset to not only the Ambridge community, but the entire county”, stated Chamber Director, Jeremy Angus. “We are thirty minutes from “America’s Most Livable City”, this is a festival for not only this community, but for the entire region”, said Angus. The Ambridge Nationality Days Festival continues to grow. With 2010’s festival being one of the largest in the record books filled with more food then ever and beautiful weather, 2011’s festival is sure to be nothing short of just 2010.
Take a look around, enjoy, and join us for another great, “True Heritage Festival”.
Ambridge is a borough in Beaver County in Western Pennsylvania, incorporated in 1905 and named after the American Bridge Company. Ambridge is located 16 miles (25 km) northwest of Pittsburgh, alongside the Ohio River. In 1910, 5,205 people lived in Ambridge; in 1920, 12,730 people lived there, and in 1940, 18,968 people resided in Ambridge. The population was 7,769 at the 2000 census.
The town is near the location of Legionville, the training camp for General “Mad” Anthony Wayne‘s Legion of the United States. Wayne’s was the first attempt to provide basic training for regular U.S. Army recruits and Legionville was the first facility established expressly for this purpose.
The Harmony Society first settled the area in the early 19th century, founding the village of “Ökonomie” or Economy in 1824. Although initially successful, accumulating significant landholdings, the sect went into decline. By the end of the 19th century, only a few Harmonists remained. The Society was dissolved and its vast real estate holdings sold, much of it to the American Bridge Company, who subsequently enlarged the town and incorporated it as Ambridge in 1905.
Whether you live in Pittsburgh or are visiting this city in Western Pennsylvania, you will want to enjoy the many events that take place throughout the year in this city. There are many festivals that celebrate different heritages as well as the heritage of those living in the city. You and your family will enjoy taking in one or two events during your trip to Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
During the second two weeks of May, you can enjoy the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival that takes place at the University of Pittsburgh at the Schenley Plaza. This international festival features dance and music from all countries and is ideal for children and their families. Children from all over the world participate in this festival.
Ambridge Nationality Days
Also during the second weekend of May is the ethnic festival that features food, entertainment and crafts that represents countries from all over the world. This event takes place at Ambridge and is fun for the entire family. There is no fee for this event.
Venture Outdoors Festival
The third Saturday in May at Washington’s Landing is a large outdoor festival that celebrates just about all that the outdoors has to offer. There are over 100 different groups represented at this wellness festival that includes fishing, kayaking, inline skating and even rock climbing. There are booths located throughout the park to encourage outdoor activities. This is a wellness celebration that is not only informational, but fun.
Pittsburgh Folk Festival
The third weekend in May brings the Pittsburgh Folk Festival to life at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. This event has been going on for 53 years and features everything Folk, including art and music. You can enjoy foods, music and dance as well as exhibits at this annual event that is the pride of Pittsburgh and celebrates folk art and music from over 25 different nationalities.
Memorial Day Polka Festival
Polka enthusiasts will want to visit Pittsburgh for Memorial Day for the annual Memorial Day Polka Festival that takes place at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort. You can watch or participate in the Polka dancing, listen to Polka music and enjoy the foods at this fun annual event that takes place every Memorial Day weekend.
Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest
The first Saturday in June is a delight for beer lovers in Pittsburgh as Troy Hill has the most exciting beer festival in Pennsylvania. Those who love beer will enjoy this event that features taste testing of hundreds of different beers that are brewed on the East Coast as well as in Pennsylvania.
Saxonburg Fireman’s Carnival
The second weekend in June on Pittsburgh Street is the home to the Saxonburg Fireman’s Carnival. This large carnival features rides, games as well as food and craft vendors that is hosted by the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Department. The event starts off with the largest Fireman’s Parade that is east of the Mississippi.
There is something going on in Pittsburgh throughout the summer, autumn, winter and spring seasons. You can enjoy hayrides, Christmas festivals and many summer fests when you visit this part of Western Pennsylvania.