The Central PA 4Th Fest has lots of activities for all ages and delicious food from local vendors that will keep your belly happy all day long!

Souvenirs are a great way to remember your time at the State College 4th of July Festival. We offer a variety of items including pins, ball caps, blankets, and T-shirts. We will offer various T-Shirt designs and sizes, so everyone can enjoy 4Th Fest gear! Please stop buy our merchandise booth on Curtin road to purchase any souvenir.



July 4th Activities

When Where Event
9:00 AM Register near IM Building Firecracker 4K & 4Mile Races Sponsored by: Penn State HealthWegmans, Health South Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Hospitality Asset Management, Sam’s Club
2:00 PM Downtown State College Independence Day Parade
2:00 PM Carnival Midway by Garbrick Amusements, Food Vendors, Info Booth, and Souvenir Booths Open
2:00 – 7:00 PM Curtin Road Dog Rest Stations
4:00 PM Founders Mall Quilts of Valor Presentation
4:00 – 8:00 PM Founders Mall Community Organizations with various activities

4:30 PM
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
Founders Mall BMX Acrobatics Stunts ShowsBe sure to enjoy the fast paced, high flying Dialed Action Sports BMX riders and rollerbladers as they perform gravity-defying stunt shows!
Some of the best professional BMX riders and rollerbladers perform the BIGGEST and craziest tricks in the sport.Shows at 4:30 PM, 6:00 PM, & 7:30 PM
Sponsored by:
4:00 – 8:00 PM Curtin Road near BJC Military Equipment Display
4:00 – 8:00 PM Curtin Road At the Operation Thank-You tent, show your appreciation to our troops by signing a card to them, or donating personal items. Sponsored by:
4:00 PM
5:30 PM
7:00 PM
Pyro Demo Tent – Lot 44 Pyrotechnics Demonstration4th Fest Volunteers will provide a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making this great show happen. You’ll be amazed!This year’s demonstration will also describe what goes into the choreography for the fireworks, and will give you a preview of the evening’s show. Demonstrations at 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM. Sponsored by: 
4:00 – 8:00 PM Curtin Road (near BJC) 4thFest Freedom Franks. There will be free hot dogs and chips. Donations are greatly appreciated.
4:00 PM Founder’s Mall Kids Crafts & Face Painting Sponsored by: 
4:00 – 8:00 PM Stadium West Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
4:00 – 8:00 PM Lott 44 Hardcore Mud Run Mini Obstacle Course
4:00 – 8:00 PM Founders Mall Adam Swartz Puppets & Historical Characters. Interact with our founding fathers and mothers in the shade of the Character Tent. Take your picture with folks like Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Thomas Paine, or Molly Pitcher. This year’s historical characters will be portrayed by talented local actors, as well as talented local puppets! Sponsored by: 
4:00 – 8:30 PM Beaver Stadium Penn State All Sports MuseumThe museum will be open from 10am-9pm. We will have activities with prizes outside the museum from 4-8:30, which include basketball, bounce baseball, hockey shots and a scavenger hunt inside the museum. Our restrooms will be open and the museum is air conditioned.
5:00 – 6:30 PM Westside Lot State College Area Roller Derby
5:00 – 9:00 PM Grassy Field below lot 44 Sky’s the Limit Ballooning Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides, wind and weather permitting. Sign up at the balloon. ($)
5:30 PM
8:00 PM
Westside Lot David “The Bullet” Smith – Human Cannonball
6:00 PM Stadium West GIANT Foods Giant Flag Birthday Cake A 14 foot long flag cake that is served by the employees of RESTEK. The line forms in Stadium West amongst the celebration activities around 5:30 pm. At 5:58, we will sing Happy Birthday to our nation and the cake will be cut and served.
6:00 – 7:00 PM Nittanyville State College Area Municipal BandThe SCAMB is a staple of the 4th Fest Celebration – with their blend of pops, patriotic music and rousing marches!Sponsored by:
9:15 PM The Fireworks! Rated one of the top 4th of July fireworks shows in America!
10:30 PM Centre Stage Lot 44 Street Dance with Chris Vipond and the Stanley Street Band


Concessions vendors are open by 2:00pm.

  • Bob’s Concessions
    Roasted corn-on-the-cob, loaded baked potato, frozen chocolate dipped banana, cold drinks.

  • Cogan’s Concessions
    Soft serve ice cream, sugar waffles, soda, bottled water

  • Duffs’ Original Kettle Korn
    Kettle Korn, Cheddar Korn, Caramel Korn

  • Emogene Snyder’s Concessions
    Funnel cakes, deep fried Oreo’s, soda, water

  • Guffey’s Concessions
    Marinated chicken sandwiches & wraps, salad, soda, water

  • Jerry R Snyder Concessions Inc
    Gyros, hot sausage, cheese steaks, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, tea, water

  • Lauver’s Concessions
    Slush, soft pretzels, soda, water

  • Miller’s Tropical Sno
    Hawaiian Shaved Ice – 50+ flavors

  • Pleasures of the Palate
    German Roasted Nuts: Almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, & cashews; salted & unsalted cashews & almonds; water

  • Rick Snyder Concessions Inc.
    French fries & soda; lemonade, orangeade; chicken on a stick, roast beef sandwich, fried veggies

  • Royer’s Concessions
    Fried veggies, french fries, sandwiches, smoothies, soda, bloomin’ onion

  • Sandra’s Flavored Snowballs
    Flavored snowballs

  • Scott’s Roasting LLC
    Pork sandwich, dish, or nachos, side of slaw, homemade sweet tea, soda, bottled water, coffee

  • Scott’s Roasting (Sausage)
    Sausage subs, sausage-in-a-dish, loaded sausage nachos, hog trough sausage gravy dish, water, soda, iced tea

  • Shuman’s Concessions
    Fruit smoothies, pretzel braids/cheese dip, water, soda

  • Snyder’s Concessions
    Beef & Chicken Soft Shell Tacos, Hard Shell Tacos, and Walking Tacos. Hard Shell Taco Salads, Nachos & Cheese, Bottled Water

  • Snyder’s Concessions Pizza
    Pizza – by the slice and whole pies (cheese or pepperoni), soda, bottled water, fresh brewed iced tea

  • Try-Dye
    Make your own tie dye creation: youth & adult shirts, pillowcases, tote or drawstring bags, tank tops