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2011paradebands The annual Brentwood Fourth of July Celebration is one of the most storied summer traditions in Western Pennsylvania.  Since its initial inception in 1919, festivities have grown from a small parade designed for a local audience to a three-day party bash that draws revelers from across the region.  Depsite expansion, the event proudly retains the idyllic, old-fashioned charm of a small town carnival. 

 

On the Saturday proceeding America's birthday, Brentwood Borough says "thank you" to its residents by hosting a Community Day.  This family-oriented event features performances by crowd-pleasing entertainers, outdoor sessions of popular physical fitness programs, engaging children's activities, and an assortment of food vendors to please any palate.  The evening concludes with live music in the cozy confines of our new athletic stadium.  The 2017 rendition of Community Day features the theme of "America Rocks" and culminates with set of classic Elvis Presley songs from "Kavan & The Memphis Flash Band." 

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The fun continues on July 3rd, as the Brentwood Business Owners Association holds a street fair in the Brownsville Road corridor.  This neighborly gathering includes music, tasty treats, and challenging games of skill.  Attendees can also witness the Battle of the Barrels, in which local volunteer fire companies engage in a soggy interpretation of tug-of-war.

 

Brentwood rings in Independence Day with its yearly Firecracker 5K.  Nearly 2000 runners, from the casual to the competitive, participated in this exciting event.  After our racers cross the finish line, our renowned parade commences.  Talented marching bands, colorful floats, and local dignitaries proceed along Brownsville Road to the cheers of nearly 40,000 people.  The party is capped off with a spectacular fireworks display. 


Although Brentwood Borough police officers, paramedics, and DPW laborers provide manpower support for the duration of the event, the municipality only directly subsidizes Community Day expenses.  The independent, volunteer-based Fourth of July Committee and Firecracker 5K Race Committee work diligently to raise funding and to coordinate activities so as to ensure that each celebration is bigger and better than those that occurred in prior years!  For information regarding these events, please visit the July 4th Committee Facebook page or the Race Committee website.

 

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Brentwood’s 4th of July Parade

The annual parade which dates to 1919 will step off on Monday, July 4th.  This year’s Grand Marshal is The Brentwood Volunteer Fire Company, which is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year.  We are excited to honor them for their many years of dedicated service to our community. 

The starting time of the parade is 10:00 a.m. immediately following the conclusion of the 5-K Race.  The parade route begins at Sankey Avenue and travels along Brownsville Road to Brentwood Towne Square (approximately 1.6 miles).  The parade is viewed by over 40,000 people along Brownsville Road.

Enjoy Spectacular Brentwood 4th of July Fireworks

Following last year’s great Centennial Fireworks, the committee is pleased to continue to have spectacular display to conclude the holiday celebration.  The fireworks, which will be set off in the baseball field on Radisson Drive, will start at approximately 9:30 PM and last for 30 minutes. 

Brentwood 4th of July House Decorating Contest

The 6th Annual House Decorating Contest will continue to encourage Brentwood residents to deck their homes in patriotic red, white and blue displays.  Pick up an entry form at the Brentwood Borough Building or Brentwood Library or download the entry form on the website. 

We Need Your Help

It takes a lot of hands to make the day a success.  The Brentwood 4th of July Committee plan and organize the parade, fireworks and house decorating contest as well as conduct fundraising efforts all year.  Volunteers are always needed and welcome.  The Committee meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 in the Community Room at the Brentwood Library. 

We Really Need Parade Marshals

This year will require more parade marshals to organize the parade as we no longer can use the “former Giant Eagle lot” to stage a lot of our units.  We will be using more residential streets and need approximately 15 marshals to help line up our participants.  Are you willing to help?  Contact Committee Chair John Frombach at 412-956-3940 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Did you know it costs nearly $35,000 each year to put on the parade and fireworks? 

Putting on the parade, providing the fireworks and all of the activities around the 4th of July festivities requires a lot of planning, volunteers and money.  The budget for the celebration is approximately $35,000 – all of which must be raised by the committee.   Although we have exceptional support from the Brentwood Borough police, public works, administration, EMS and fire department, no tax dollars are used for the fireworks, parade or other activities. 

Fundraising includes a Night at the Races in February and the sale of raffle tickets leading up to the 4th of July.  In addition, a generous contribution from the Firecracker 5K race, business sponsorships, parade fees and resident contributions provide the revenue for the activities. 


The Brentwood 4th of July Committee is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Checks can be made out to Brentwood 4th of July Committee and mailed to:

Brentwood 4th of July Committee

3501 Brownsville Road,

Brentwood, PA  15227

Or drop it off in person at the Brentwood Borough Building or Brentwood Library. 

In addition, you can donate online through our GoFundMe page.  Just visit our Facebook page – Brentwood PA July 4th Celebration – and click on the link to the page.  Or go direct to:  https://www.gofundme.com/23u6v2s.

Thank you for your support over the years and we hope you will continue to support the Brentwood 4th of July Celebration so our community will be able to celebrate our independence each 4th of July well into the future.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 June 2017 20:07
 
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