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Parking and Traffic Changes to Be in Effect for 4thFest

by on July 03, 2018 5:00 AM

Central PA 4thFest will bring Independence Day festivities on Wednesday to downtown State College and the Penn State campus. It also will bring a number of traffic and parking changes.

Parking will be prohibited on July 4 on the following streets along the route and staging area for the Independence Day parade.

- 100 and 200 blocks West Nittany Avenue

- 300 block Pugh Street

- Allen Street Parking Lot

- 100 block East and 100 block West Foster Avenue

- 100-400 blocks South Allen Street

- 200-300 blocks South Fraser Street

- 100-300 blocks East College Avenue

Parking in the Beaver Avenue, Fraser Street and Pugh Street parking garages will be free on Wednesday.

The 100 block of South Allen Street will be closed starting at noon.

Once the parade begins at 2 p.m., roads along the route will be periodically closed until about 4 p.m. The parade travels north on South Allen Street to East College Avenue; west on East College Avenue to Shortlidge Road; north on Shortlidge Road to Pollock Road; east on Pollock Road to Bigler Road; north on Bigler Road to Curtin Road; east on Curtin Road and ending the  

Curtin Road between University Drive and Porter Road will be closed starting at 9 a.m. and continuing for the rest of the day for 4thFest activities.

Sections of Curtin, Bigler, McKean, Mifflin, Pollock, Shortlidge, Burrowes, and Fraser roads will have periodic closures for the Firecracker 4K and 4-mile races from approximately 9 to 11 a.m.

Campus Parking Lots

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the following campus parking lots will be reserved for 4thFest setup:

- Jordan East

- North half of Stadium West

- Porter North

- Porter South

Parking will remain available for at Jordan East and Porter North for the State College Spikes game against Mahoning Valley at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday.

The following parking areas will be reserved for 4thFest parking only beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday:

- Yellow H Wagner

- Yellow H South (Pegula)

- Orange A West (OPP)

- Orange B (Nittany Lion Softball Park)

- Orange O (Park Avenue and Meats Lab)

Lots will reopen for normal use at 5 a.m. on Thursday.

For full details on parking general and VIP parking for 4thFest, go to

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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