July 4 Fun in Happy Valley

If you’re looking to make this July 4 the best one yet, then State College is the place to do so. There are many local events and ways to celebrate America on this festive day, so here are a few options!

The Central PA 4thFest does not let down when it comes to July 4, and has everything you need to have the best day. The main highlights of the festival are the Firecracker 4K and 4M run that kicks off the day, the Heroes Parade, and, of course, the fireworks. In between are other events everyone can enjoy, like the BMX Stunt Show, kids activities, chainsaw wood carving, the Red White and Bruised Roller Derby and a 14-foot-long American flag cake.

Live music is an integral part of America and what makes this country so great. To celebrate this, there will be a handful of artists performing around the area over the holiday. These include The Big Jangle, Quilts of Valor, Adley Stump, Velveeta, Ramalama, The Dixie Kings, Polkadelphia, Jackie Brown and the Gill Street Band, ESP, Joe Quick, The Corner Brothers, SGT Bob, and Tommy Wareham. 

The 4th celebrates some of the best and most traditional American foods. If you’re not grilling out, the food vendors in State College have you covered. As part of 4thFest, there will be an assortment of food to chose from, which you can enjoy while attending of the day's events. A few vendors coming to town are Bob’s Concessions, Duffs’ Original Kettle Corn, Emogene Snyder’s Concessions, Miller’s Tropical Sno, Scott’s Roasting, Sandra’s Flavored Snowballs, Pleasures of the Palate and much more!

This holiday is not only a celebration of the United States’ freedom, but also of those who fought to make it happen and still fight for it. The Quilts of Valor Foundation will be honoring several local veterans with their homemade Quilts of Valor at the awards ceremony so come by and recognize our vets and their service to our country. Operation Thank You will also be passing out ‘Thank You’ cards, urging people to donate money for Military Services personnel as a way to thank those who are overseas and serving right now.

Have a happy Red, White and Blue Day here in Happy Valley!

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