A borough in a rich coal district, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, is a small town located 18 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. Most of the work force living here had worked in local coal mines or steel mills. Interstate 79 and Route 19 pass through town, as well as several railroad lines. There are primarily single family homes, along with some condominiums and townhouses in its two square miles.
A former market town, Canonsburg’s main street, Central Avenue, was known for its shops, taverns, and artisans’ workshops. Canonburg’s citizens are interested with both preserving town history and modernization, taking an old Bridge Works facility and transforming it for multiple business uses by Colonial Iron Works, Pennsylvania Transformer Technology, and others. The town was home to the Black Horse Tavern, which was the birthplace of the Whiskey Rebellion. By the early 20th century, the tavern was demolished to build the high school. The Canonsburg borough is served by the Canon-McMillan School District and the private St. Patrick’s School. There are several preschool and kindergarten options as well as two technical schools, the California University of Pennsylvania, and a University of Phoenix campus.
Canonsburg hosts the second largest Fourth of July parade in the state, featuring sports teams, cheerleaders, bands, fire trucks, church groups, and entertainers. There is also a concert in the park sEries held every Sunday during the summer. A three-day Oktoberfest festival is held every September and features German bands, food, rides, crafts, and games. Family activities include an annual Monster Mash Bash to celebrate Halloween and Old Fashioned Christmas, which features downtown holiday lights and lunch with Santa. Canonsburg gets slightly higher than the national average of rainfall at 39 inches of rain per year. It also experiences snowfall at 25 inches per year. The town gets about 162 sunny days in the year, with the July high temperature at 82 degrees and the average January low temperature at 18 degrees.