Happy 4th of July in Happy Valley

As Independence Day festivities loom, families and friends nationwide will celebrate our country’s independence with all things red, white and blue, poolside barbecues, fireworks and more. One town in particular is especially excited to prepare for its highly anticipated annual affair.

The State College borough hosts its annual “4thFest” on the 4th of July and has amassed loyal attendees for years. 4thFest is a full day event with a 4K race commencing at 9 a.m. followed by a celebratory parade, a carnival with fair food and rides, as well as live entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening.

One of the most notable events during 4thFest, however, has developed a renowned reputation since its inception in 1994 – the fireworks.

The State College 4th of July fireworks show, which typically lasts around 45 minutes, has been ranked on both state and national scales as some of the best quality fireworks by many publications and travel blogs like The Wall Street Journal, The Travel Channel and Discovery.com. It is also the largest all-volunteer fireworks display in the nation.

This rain or shine event has been pleasing the people of Centre County for years. The county incurs a large expense, up to  $200,000, to make this entire day possible. But with the help of generous contributions and all-volunteer labor, the community is able to enjoy 4thFest each year.

The only thing more loyal than the local Penn State fans chanting “We Are!” around town are the 4thFest attendees who, for a day, emphasize their patriotic pride more so than their Penn State pride – perhaps chanting “USA!” all day while sporting their best red, white and blue attire.

So grab your comfiest lawn chairs, biggest picnic blankets and tastiest barbecue foods to lounge out in any spot between the Bryce Jordan Center and Medlar Field for this free admission event.


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