Central PA 4th Fest Celebration

4th Fest Kicks Off Summer with a Bang!

4th Fest promises to be one heck of a party in State College! Join us for world-famous fireworks, the Firecracker 4k, Heroes Parade, vendors, entertainment, activities and concessions!

Central PA 4thFest is a multi-day, family oriented, patriotic birthday party held July 3rd-4th on the east campus of Penn State University.

4th Fest

Besides the Firecracker 4K Race in the morning, Parade of Heroes, and three venues of entertainment, there's an afternoon full of activities for young and old! Spend the day with us! 

Just as the Parade of Heroes begins, the food vendors open, offering everything from Kettle Corn to sausages and sno-cones. Click here for a full list of mouth-watering food vendors. Follow that by watching a gravity-defying BMX Bike & Rollerbladers stunt show on the Founders Mall. Show your appreciation to our troops by signing a card at the Operation Thank You tent, then settle in for a stunning pyrotechnics display for a preview of the evening's presentation!

Also available on the Founders Mall will be kids crafts and face-painting. Next door on Curtin Road are the Freedom Franks - delicious hot dogs (in keeping with the theme, they are free, of course!)

Explore the All-Sports Museum, puppet shows, Sky's the Limit Balloon rides and much much more! At sundown out comes the festival's culmination - one of the top-rated fireworks displays in the nation featured by USA Today! After the show enjoy a street dance with Chris Vipond and the Stanley Street Band. Click here for a full list of live music and entertainment offered throughout the day and into the evening.  

Request a 2016 Central PA Visitors GuideRequest a visitors guide mailed to your home or view our visitors guide online to get your 4th Fest planning started!