The Crafton Celebrates Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 pm , at the Crafton Community Center – Meetings are open to the public and new Volunteers are always welcome. For additional information, contact us at CraftonCelebrates@gmail.com or call Angela at 412-491-3131.
“Slightly west of Pittsburgh is a hidden gem called Crafton, where people know their neighbors, offer a helping hand to strangers, support small schools… And every summer, look forward to “Crafton Celebrates.” This summer event has been supporting our non-profits like CIT, Boy Scouts, and local church groups for 42 years, traditionally ending with a spectacular fireworks display!”
“In 1975, [Crafton] Council created the Crafton Bicentennial Committee to plan local festivities for the biggest patriotic holiday of the century, our country’s 200th birthday. …The Committee, chaired by Councilwoman Elsie Merriman, threw a big bash in Crafton Park. The festival was a huge undertaking, requiring the efforts and skills of many Borough residents. The eight-day, Sunday-to-Sunday party in the Park overflowed to the Athletic Field. The official program from that year declared Crafton “A Bicentennial Community.”
“That original festival featured not only the food booths and stage shows that are now tradition at Celebrates, but for the first time in many years, a horse show was held within the Borough. The parade that first year lasted more than three hours on an extremely warm day. Bands, fire trucks, antique cars, horses, buggies and of course, local politicians all participated. The parade route stretched from the top of Bradford Avenue, up Noble Avenue, left on Steuben Street and ended at the Park.”
“The original Bicentennial Committee was such a success that everyone decided, “Let’s do it again!” That second year was a milestone; the Celebrates Committee received it’s go-ahead from the Borough, but more importantly generated a wave of enthusiasm and momentum which convinced all involved that the Celebration could be sustained as an annual event. Live entertainment has always drawn large crowds for Celebrates, with Harold Betters, U.S. Steel Homestead Choir, Tamburitzans, and The Imports being among the favorites over the years.
“Since the beginning, literally thousands have participated in one way or another, making Celebrates an annual five-day reunion in the Borough. Crafton Celebrates thanks all those who have marched in the parade, worked in a booth, or shown the world their talents on stage. The Committee sincerely thanks the Crafton Police, Council, Fire Department and Borough Crews for playing vital roles in making Celebrates a special time of year in Crafton. Without these folks, Celebrates could not exist.”