As a Johnstown resident, this day is easily one of my favorite days of the year. Food, fun, and fireworks. What could be a better way to celebrate summer than that?

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The History of Johnstown BBQ Day

Johnstown BBQ Day in Parish Park has been an annual event for over 50 years. Prior to Johnstown BBQ Day, a local annual celebration has taken place in Johnstown since 1912. Johnstown BBQ Day was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and returned in 2021.

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Over the course of the years, while living in Johnstown, I have seen the annual BBQ Day transform into a large community event that nearly every person in town looks forward to. This is what is in store for Johnstown BBQ Day on Saturday, June 3.

Johnstown BBQ Day Schedule of Events

Johnstown BBQ Day kicks off in the early morning hours with a free pancake breakfast at 5 a.m. Normally, this pancake breakfast takes place at the Johnstown Fire Station. However, since the fire station is currently under renovation, the free pancake breakfast will happen at Roosevelt High School.

Johnstown BBQ Day Parade

The Johnstown BBQ Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. and go until noon. The route can be seen HERE.

BBQ at Parish Park

After all of the fun with the parade, it is time to eat some BBQ at Johnstown BBQ Day. Food, activities, and vendor booths will be operational at Parish Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. During this time, two stages will be featured at Johnstown BBQ Day. One will be at Parish Park and the other will be in Downtown Johnstown.

El Loco Fandango, a ZZ Top tribute band, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. prior to closing out the night with fireworks at Roosevelt High School at approximately 9 p.m.

Johnstown BBQ Day is a fun event for all. If you would like more information, you can visit

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