SCHEDULE/PREVIEW: Brentwood Boro July 3-4 Celebration

Tiny Brentwood has a grand tradition.

Tiny Brentwood Borough will see a population boom for at least two days next week, as guests and residents from in and around Pittsburgh's South Hills area will descend on the community of about 9,000 residents for an Independence Day celebration.

The festivities—put together annually by Brentwood community leaders and volunteers—have grown into a can't-miss attraction for many Pittsburghers, and John Frombach, chair of the Brentwood 4th of July Committee, says that 2012 will be no different.

Frombach says that the borough's Fourth of July parade alone (along Brownsville Road) draws more than 40,000 spectators each year from all over the South Hills.

Here is this year's schedule:


6-8 p.m.: BRENTWOOD STREET FAIR (Along Brownsville Road from the Brentwood Library to the Brentwood Presbyterian Church, sponsored by the Brentwood Business Owners Association)

The street fair includes food booths, music, activities for children at the library's "Battle of the Barrel" and more.

At the Brentwood Municipal Building, come cheer on local fire companies as they compete against one another.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 (UPDATE: Brownsville Road from Maytide Street to Route 51 will be closed on July 4 from approximately 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)

8:30 a.m.: COLOR CEREMONY at Brentwood Stadium (Sponsored by Brentwood VFW Post 1810)

9 a.m.: 29TH ANNUAL BRENTWOOD FIRECRACKER 5K RACE (Race begins at Brentwood Towne Square adjacent to Brownsville Road.) CLICK HERE FOR RACE REGISTRATION DETAILS. Don't get left out!

10 a.m.: FLYOVER (Donated by area military veterans.)

10 a.m.: PARADE [Route (about 1.6 miles): Starts at the intersection of Brownsville Road and Sankey Avenue and proceeds south on Brownsville Road toward Brentwood Towne Square, where it ends.]

The parade will have two grand marshals this year. One is a group—Girl Scouts of the USA—being honored for 100 years of existence, and the other is WPXI news co-anchor Darieth Chisolm. Chisolm owns the Fullbody Fitness Club in Brentwood.

The theme of the parade this year, in honor of the Girl Scouts, is "100 Years of Proudly Serving Our Communities."

Says Frombach, "We hope to have more than 100 current and former Girl Scouts from the South Hills in the parade."

All in all, there will be more than 100 groups represented in the parade this year, including the Brentwood High School SPARTAN Marching Band, Baldwin High School Highlander Marching Band, Steel City Ghostbusters, Steel City Angels, several Syria Shriners groups and many others.

6:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m.: MUSIC IN THE PARK at Brentwood Stadium (The band Alter Ego performs from 6:30-7:45, and the Allegheny Brass Band performs from 8-9:15.)

9:15 p.m.: WELCOME at Brentwood Stadium (Brentwood Mayor Kenneth Lockhart)


9:35 p.m.: RETIRING OF THE COLORS at Brentwood Stadium (Presented by Brentwood VFW Post 1810)

9:40 p.m. FIREWORKS DISPLAY at Brentwood Stadium

The rain date for the fireworks is Thursday, July 5.

What's your favorite part of Brentwood's celebration? Tell us in the comments section below.


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Jeff Healy June 29, 2012 at 04:14 AM
The feeling of community, people who have left come back and remember growing up and living in a wonderful community. Have a safe 4th. Nice pictures.
JustMe June 29, 2012 at 08:23 AM
To bad Brentwood's fireworks have gone downhill over the last 10 years. Once they were great but now we drive out to South Hills Village to watch the display that Bethel Park and Upper St Clair put on. Solid 45 minutes of Awesome Fireworks. Brentwood does put on a great parade still.
Robert Edward Healy, III June 29, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Great pictures!
Sasafras Jackson July 03, 2012 at 04:10 PM
ML - I agree with you! Let’s celebrate the independence that we so rightly deserve! Forget about the people who like to rain on our fireworks with the spat that comes from their non-benevolent oral cavities! (as Momma Jack likes to say! haha. lol) Hip hip horary to Independence Day! Hip hip horary to Brentwood/Baldwin/Whitehall/Carrick! Hip hip horary to Fireworks! Hip hip horary to Summer! Hip hip horary to Community Day! Hip hip horary to all! Enjoy the day everyone! “The red coats are coming! The red coats are coming!” Hansel Overstreet as told by Paul Revere circa 1776
JustMe July 03, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I enjoy the parade and days activities in Brentwood but will leave the fireworks to Bethel Park and Upper St Clair, they have the best other than going downtown


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