From Civil War battlefields to icons of the American Revolution, Pennsylvania is littered with historical sites, museums and monuments. However, history buffs aren't the only people who'll find things to do in the Keystone State; Pennsylvania is also filled with beautiful scenery, exciting theme parks, fun festivals and breathtaking artwork.
Held in the Soldiers' National Cemetery, the event commemorates war veterans on the anniversary of the day that President Lincoln presented the Gettysburg Address in November 1863. Veterans' graves receive wreaths and the high school band performs. An Abraham Lincoln impersonator reads the Gettysburg Address.
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Held during a weekend at the end of November, the event represents a massive Christmas arts and crafts festival. Almost 300 artisans display their crafts that provide visitors with the opportunity of acquiring decorations or holiday gifts. The venue also offers live entertainment, seasonal foods and a visit by Santa and his elves.
Every New Year's Day, the Mummers present an extensive parade with thousands of colorfully clad participants who dance and play music. The merry makers belong to one of five divisions that includes the Fancy Brigade. Following the six hour parade, the division offers family orientated shows in the local convention center known as the finale.
The annual Punxsutawney event remains the most well known in the country. On February 2 of each year, thousands gather wondering if the resident groundhog named Phil views his shadow. Donned in top hats and tuxedos, the Inner Circle waits in anticipation of Phil's decision. A general air of celebration surrounds the event with music, dancing and food.
For 10 days residents look forward to spring with the arrival of local and big name artists who perform numerous musical genres spanning from big band to jazz. Nightly shows occur throughout the city ranging from restaurants to major event venues.
Geared toward youngsters, the annual May event provides parents with the chance to introduce children to the performing arts. Entertainment groups representing countries worldwide offer acrobatics, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and multimedia shows at the Schenley Plaza and the University of Pittsburgh campus.