A Happy Valley 4th of July!

The 4th of July is one of the most popular holidays in the country. The day is packed with BBQs and parties with friends and family capped off with beautiful fireworks shows all done in celebration of the U.S. declaring independence. And there's no better place to celebrate than in Happy Valley. Each year, State College puts on one of the best fireworks shows in the nation during 4th Fest, one of the most highly anticipated summer events in Central Pennsylvania and Raystown has its own show over the lake, and there are so many events leading up to the celebration, you're sure to get into the holiday spirit.

Central PA 4th Fest

This July 4, the Central PA 4th Fest returns to State College better than ever. The Firecracker 4K and 4M races begin at 9 a.m., and you can register at www.4thfest.org At 2 p.m., watch the Parade of Heroes march through downtown State College and the Penn State Campus, ending at the Bryce Jordan Center. The entertainment-filled afternoon will include live music, BMX stunts, chainsaw carving and rising country artist Adley Stump. Don’t worry about finding something your kids will love; children’s face painting and crafts can be found on Founders Mall.

The Central PA 4th Fest fireworks display has received high acclaim from travel blogs and news publications alike. The show is choreographed to music from 93.7, The Bus and is 45 minutes long with a massive finale. General admission to the display is free, but for those who want the best seats possible, VIP passes are available for purchase.

Lake Raystown Independence Day Fireworks on the Lake

Come to Lake Raystown Resort in Entriken to watch their annual fireworks display. The show begins at dusk, so find a place to park your car (or boat) where you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful show both in the sky and reflected on the lake.

Summer Thunder Fireworks at DelGrosso's

If you want to spend your 4th of July experiencing thrills, head over to DelGrosso's. Enjoy the rides, water park and delisious Italian food, and finish the day with their premier fireworks display! The show starts at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Star Spangled 4th at Fort Roberdeau

Spend the day at Fort Roberdeau for free hands-on activities and demonstrations, and immerse yourself in the 1700s at Fort Roberdeau's Star Spangled 4th event. There will be an open house at the fort and a picnic! Bring your own favorite treats or buy them on site. If you love history, you will love this opportunity to step back in time to celebreate our nation's birthday. 

Remember: Be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram so we can see your favorite pictures from last year’s and this year’s festivities!


Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of being Earnest

Visit the Nittany Theatre to laugh the evening away while watching the Sterling Sax Adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The play tells the tale of Jack and Algernon, two men who invent alter egos called “Ernest” to add excitement to their boring, single lives. Watch Jack and Algernon’s double lives unravel in this hilarious comedy. Curtain time for all shows is 7:30 p.m. Get your ticket here!

FRIDAY, June 29

Movies on the Mountain

Take advantage of the warm weather and join Tussey Mountain in the amphitheater for another Movies on the Mountain. The season starts off with “The Fox and The Hound,” and marks a first for Movies on the Mountain: the first ever “Poochies on the Mountain,” a dog-friendly show! Visit their site to see rules and regulations before bringing your dog.

Thanks to the generosity of Penn State Health, admission is free this year! The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie starts around 9:00 p.m. Popcorn, candy, hot dogs, ice cream and many other treats will be available, as well as beer, soda and other drinks. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, then sit back and enjoy the show.

Jazz in the Attic presents: Kirk Reese

Visit the State Theatre for a night of jazz performance from Pennsylvanian musicians Kirk Reese (piano), Steve Meashey (bass) and Kirk Stabley (drums). The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Purchase tickets here.


Guided Tour of the PA Military Museum

Join the PA Military Museum for one of their guided tours from 1–2 p.m. For the regular admission price, experience detailed and engaging retellings of each war era and get answers to your military-related questions. The museum was built during the Vietnam War and includes many interesting war artifacts. There are two BB-38 guns from the USS Pennsylvania, a ship that was used in all major naval offenses in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. The museum also has monuments and shrines dedicated to those who fought in World War I, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and many other military engagements. Visit the PA Military Museum to get a new perspective on our military history and honor those who serve to ensure our freedom.

SUNDAY, July 1

Chalk the Walk

From 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., parents and children alike have an opportunity to show off their art skills at Bellefonte First Sunday’s Chalk the Walk. The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County is providing the chalk, and participants will be paired with someone who has art experience who can either help you with your masterpiece or do all the work for you. To purchase a sidewalk square for $15, visit the registration area at the Centre County Courthouse on Allegheny Street or by them online here.

For lists of our favorite places to eat, drink, sleep and have fun while you're in town for the celebrations, check out our stay, play and eat pages. And don’t forget to tag us in your photos from this year’s Independence Day festivities on Facebook and Instagram!

4th Fest 2017

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