Military members get free admission to Kennywood, Sandcastle, and Idlewild & SoakZone

by Susan and Simon Veness

Military members and their families can enjoy free admission to three of Pittsburgh’s family entertainment destinations during Independence Day weekend, with extended hours, added entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Kennywood amusement park - military admission

From July 2-5, Kennywood amusement park, Sandcastle water park, and the Idlewild & SoakZone children’s parks will extend their hours and provide even more family-friendly entertainment as a “Thank you” to active duty and retired military members and veterans, for their honorable service to the country.

“As we approach the July 4 holiday, honoring our military members is one of the most important things we can do,” said Mark Pauls, Kennywood/Sandcastle general manager. “We’re proud to offer military members and their families a chance to come to our parks and enjoy a day of family fun!”

Kennywood’s “Celebrate America” event brings back the popular Wiener 100 dachshund races, with a running at 2 p.m. on July 3, while musical performances throughout the extended 4th of July weekend will pay rousing tribute to the United States’ independence. Visitors can enjoy the park’s attractions, including the Steel Curtain roller coaster and classic Jack Rabbit coaster, for an extra hour each night from July 4-8, with a closing time of 8 p.m.

Kennywood Jack Rabbit coaster - military admission

Sandcastle will also have extended hours from July 2-5, with an 11 a.m. opening time and a 7 p.m. closing, allowing guests to relax and unwind in The Lazy River and wave pool, or experience the thrills of the park’s seven water slides.

Sandcastle water park

As a grand finale, Idlewild & SoakZone will be the exclusive hosts of the three Pittsburgh parks’ exciting fireworks celebration. Visitors can enjoy all of Idelwild’s rides and attractions until 9 p.m., ahead of the scheduled fireworks display at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting.

General manager Brandon Leonatti said, “We are thrilled to host this year’s fireworks show. Following a challenging 2020, we can’t wait to welcome guests for a truly memorable Independence Day at Idlewild!”

Idlewild and SoakZone children's park

Service members who have received an honorable discharge and have valid ID may purchase up to three discounted tickets for family or friends, at just $20 each, per park. There will also be tickets discounts for non-military guests.

For more information visit Kennywood.com, SandcastleWaterPark.com, and Idlewild.com.

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Frank Keough July 2, 2021 - 12:38 pm

My husband is a veteran, however he misplaced his military ID but he has his DD214 papers can our family still get free admission. Please let us know. Thank you

Wendy August 9, 2021 - 6:53 pm

Can the prices get any higher. Seriously this is upsetting. Think of the poor family’s that would love to come to these kind of parks. How would you feel if you could never do family parks like this because you have no money because you had to pay bills and feed ur family. LOWER YOUR PRICES SO PEOPLE CAN AFFORD TO GO TO PARKS LIKE THIS.


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