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Fourth of July Guide

The 4thFest Fireworks has been rated one of the Top 5 Fireworks shows in the US!. Remember, it's not just Fireworks!


On July 4th, lace up your kicks and join in the Firecracker 4K & 4Mile fun at 9:00 AM. Starting at 2:00 PM, catch some sun or shade in your favorite viewing spot for the Parade of Heroes. The parade route will travel through downtown State College, across the PSU campus and end at the Bryce Jordan Center. Then enjoy an afternoon and evening of live music and performances and take in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the carnival midway and tasty fair food. Don’t miss the Towne Square, and activities and entertainment for children and teens. Some of the entertainment this year includes SCAR Roller Derby, Dialed Action Sports BMX Stunts, Chainsaw Carving, The Big Jangle, Ramalama, and Up and Coming Country Artist Adley Stump!


There is no admission fee for attending the Central PA 4th Fest activities and fireworks display.You can watch the fireworks from many vantage points near the BJC and stadium area. They do ask that you give a $10.00 per car donation for general admission parking. If you want the VIP Fireworks Viewing experience, a special viewing area is reserved on the east side of Porter Road for VIP Viewing Pass holders.


Whether you are coming from out of town or just up the road, be sure to check out the Calendar to find all the other events happening around the area during the 4th weekend. Also, be sure to check out the Weather, News, Dining and Bartour sections of the site for more information.


Parking Changes in Effect for Holiday Parking Changes in Effect for Holiday
42 weeks ago - - staff
Some parking restrictions are not in effect, while others will be put in place for the Fourth of July holiday in State College Borough. [Read More]
Fireworks, Music and Returning Favorites Highlight Central PA 4thFest Fireworks, Music and Returning Favorites Highlight Central PA 4thFest
42 weeks ago - - Geoff Rushton
Central PA 4thFest on Tuesday will once again bring a full day of entertainment, activities, food and, of course, one of the nation's largest fireworks displays to cap the whole thing off. [Read More]


Each year the audience anticipates a spectacular fireworks display to celebrate the birth of our country.
July 4th 2017 at 9:00 pm

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Heroes Parade
The 5th annual Parade of Heroes adds to the already well-established day of family-friendly-fun festivities celebrating our nation’s birth.
July 4th 2017 at 2:00 pm

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Firecracker 4K & 4Mile Races
The annual Firecracker 4K and 4Mile races provide the perfect start to our day long Central PA 4thFest celebration. Now is the time to register for this year’s event.
July 4th 2017 at 9:00 am

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CRPR Kids on Wheels Parade
Hey kids, show your patriotism and be part of the annual CRPR Kids on Wheels Parade. Decorate your bike, scooter, stroller, or wagon and meet us at the corner of Locust Lane and Foster Ave.
July 4th 2017 at 9:30 am

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