Wednesday July 4, 2018

Firecracker 4K & 4M

The annual Firecracker 4K and 4M races provide the perfect start to the the day long 4th of July Celebration. Register here to participate in either race. Runners and walkers of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Heroes Parade

The Parade of Heroes celebrates local heroes such as emergency services, community groups, military personnel, and more. This is a great way to show our thanks to all those who work hard to keep us safe and to recognize community heroes.


The 2018 4th Of July Festival has multiple activities to participate in and events to attend. From the Firecracker 4K & 4Mile to the Parade of Heroes, families will have loads of entertainment for the whole day. Not to mention some delicious food from various State College Vendors.


The Central PA 4thFest Fireworks Show has been rated one of the best 4th of July fireworks shows in the nation. General Admission to the 4th Fest and the Fireworks show is free. For a more comfortable and exclusive experience, consider purchasing VIP Viewing tickets


2018 Features

Appalachian Arts Studio

Brothers Rick & Randy Boni are responsible for the idea of the Ridgway Carver’s Rendezvous. With the help of their wives, the brothers decided to gather a few friends and family members with the intention of carving designs and figures into wood with chainsaws. After the second rendezvous, Rick and Liz Boni took up the reigns to organize the event, with the help of two of Rick’s brothers, when Randy and his wife moved away from the area. The event has since flourished, growing from a small friends and family gathering to become an event that hosts hundreds of carvers annually and has gained worldwide acclaim.

State College Area Roller Derby

SCAR Derby is a skater-owned and operated women’s flat-track derby league. SCAR Derby is a volunteer organization, including skater athletes, referees and officials. SCAR Derby membership is comprised of men and women from the Centre Region spanning a wide range of ages and lifestyles. Together, SCAR Derby forms a strong community of athleticism, healthy competition and fellowship. In 2015, SCAR Derby proudly became a member of Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and now competes for a national ranking.

Dialed Action Sports

Dialed Action Sports Team provides BMX stunts shows for a wide variety of audiences. Predominantly, we work with schools, parents and administrators to create an assembly that will not only entertain children, but will also educate them… we create a show that leaves an impression on children. Team Dialed offers some of the BEST BMX riders, Rollerbladers, Skateboarders and Freestyle Motocross riders – athletes who have competed in the Dew Tour, X-games and various other contests around the world, and perform some of the BIGGEST tricks in their sport.

Quilts of Valor Foundation

Happy Valley Quilts of Valor, a local quilting group affiliated with the Quilts of Valor Foundation, is proud to honor our service members and veterans at the 2018 Central PA 4Th Fest. During the festival we honor several local veterans with what we call “Quilts of Valor” during a Quilts of Valor Awards Ceremony. Please join us to recognize these veterans for their service, sacrifice and commitment to our freedom.


Operation Thank You

“Operation Thank You” gives the community an opportunity to personally thank U.S. Veterans and current U.S. Military Service personnel. This is accomplished by monetary donations or donating personal supplies that will be used to aid U.S military personnel overseas. Thank you cards can be used to donate as well, by donating $1.00 per signature or $10.00 per card.

2018 Major Sponsors