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Fourth of July

Fourth of July Guide

The 4thFest Fireworks has been rated one of the top 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.


1:00 PM–1:45 PM    South Allen Street - BMX Bike Show before the Parade!
3:00 PM–Dark         Stadium West Parking Lot - Chainsaw Woodcarving
4:00 PM–5:00 PM    Founders Mall - BMX Bike Show
4:00 PM–5:00 PM    Towne Square - Music: Ramalama
4:00 PM–5:00 PM    Acoustic Stage - Music: ESP
4:30 PM–5:30 PM    Stadium West Parking Lot - Chainsaw Woodcarving Quick Carve
4:30 PM–5:45 PM    Centre Stage  - Music: Jump the Gun
5:00 PM–6:00 PM    Stadium West Parking Lot - Roller Derby
5:00 PM–6:00 PM    Towne Square  - Music: Spider Kelly
5:00 PM–6:00 PM    Acoustic Stage  - Music: Nashville Recording Artist Dale Keller
5:00 PM–6:00 PM    Towne Square Tent - Pyro Demonstration
6:00 PM–7:00 PM    Acoustic Stage - Music: The Corner Brothers
6:00 PM–7:15 PM    Centre Stage  - Music: NY Pan Stars
6:30 PM–7:30 PM    Towne Square - Music: Gabe Stillman
6:30 PM–7:30 PM    Towne Square - BMX Bike Show
7:00 PM–8:00 PM    Acoustic Stage - Music: The Wreckers
7:00 PM–8:00 PM    Nittanyville - Music: Stage College Municipal Band
7:15 PM–7:45 PM    Centre Stage - Music: Quilts of Valor
8:00 PM–9:00 PM    Towne Square - Music: Jackie Brown and the Gill Street Band
8:00 PM–9:00 PM    Centre Stage - Music: Devon Franks
8:00 PM–Fireworks  Acoustic Stage - Music: Tommy Wareham


Fireworks, Parade and a Day of Entertainment Highlight Central PA 4thFest Fireworks, Parade and a Day of Entertainment Highlight Central PA 4thFest
46 weeks ago - - Geoff Rushton
The fireworks show promises once again to be among the nation's best, but Fourth of July also means a day full of celebrations, entertainment, activities and food around State College and on the Penn State campus. [Read More]
Parking and Traffic Changes to Be in Effect for 4thFest Parking and Traffic Changes to Be in Effect for 4thFest
46 weeks ago - - Geoff Rushton
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. [Read More]
New Law Makes Fireworks Season an Even Bigger Bang New Law Makes Fireworks Season an Even Bigger Bang
46 weeks ago - - Centre County Gazette, Vincent Corso
Those who like to celebrate their independence by lighting up the sky with fireworks will find the opportunity to do so a little more thrilling this year. This is the first Fourth of July that Pennsylvania has allowed the sale of fireworks that shoot up into the sky, and the area's firework tents t [Read More]


Kids on Wheels Parade
On July 4, get rollin’ to the corner of Locust Ave and Foster Ave for parade line up at 9:30 AM and step off right at 10 AM! The parade follows Foster Ave and ends at Sidney Freidman Parklet for wat...
July 4th 2018 at 9:30 am

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Independence Day Parade
The annual Independence Day Parade is a key component in the full day of family-friendly fun celebrating our nation’s birth.
July 4th 2018 at 2:00 pm

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Every year, Central PA 4th Fest develops a spectacular fireworks display to celebrate the birth of our country.
July 4th 2018 at 9:00 pm

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Firecracker 4K
The Firecracker 4K is the perfect start to our day long Central PA 4thFest celebration! Races start at 9 am on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 on the PSU campus.
July 4th 2018 at 9:00 am

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