We have lots of great entertainment and activities planned for Wednesday, July 4! Starting at 9 AM, lace up your kicks and join us in the Firecracker 4K & 4Mile. Then, at 2:00 PM, grab your spot for the Independence Day Parade, before heading up to the Celebrations area (by Beaver Stadium) by music in four venues, various activities in the Towne Square, the carnival midway, fair food, and activities and entertainment for children and teens. And of course, no 4thFest is complete without taking in the incredible 45-minute 4thFest Fireworks display! You can purchase VIP Viewing and Parking passes here.

2018 Schedule

Find more details about the musicians and performers attending this year’s 4thFest below the schedule.

When Where Event
1:00 PM–1:45 PM South Allen Street BMX Bike Show before the Parade!
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Downtown State College Independence Day Parade
3:00 PM–Dark Stadium West Parking Lot Chainsaw Woodcarving
4:00 PM–5:00 PM Founders Mall BMX Bike Show
4:00 PM–5:00 PM Towne Square Music: Ramalama
4:00 PM–5:00 PM Acoustic Stage Music: ESP
4:30 PM–5:30 PM Stadium West Parking Lot Chainsaw Woodcarving Quick Carve
4:30 PM–5:45 PM Centre Stage Music: Jump the Gun
5:00 PM–6:00 PM Stadium West Parking Lot Roller Derby
5:00 PM–6:00 PM Towne Square Music: Spider Kelly
5:00 PM–6:00 PM Acoustic Stage Music: Nashville Recording Artist Dale Keller
5:00 PM–6:00 PM Towne Square Tent Pyro Demonstration
6:00 PM–7:00 PM Acoustic Stage Music: The Corner Brothers
6:00 PM–7:15 PM Centre Stage Music: NY Pan Stars
6:30 PM–7:30 PM Towne Square Music: Gabe Stillman
6:30 PM–7:30 PM Towne Square BMX Bike Show
7:00 PM–8:00 PM Acoustic Stage Music: The Wreckers
7:00 PM–8:00 PM Nittanyville Music: Stage College Municipal Band
7:15 PM–7:45 PM Centre Stage Music: Quilts of Valor
8:00 PM–9:00 PM Towne Square Music: Jackie Brown and the Gill Street Band
8:00 PM–9:00 PM Centre Stage Music: Devon Franks
8:00 PM–Fireworks Acoustic Stage Music: Tommy Wareham
9:15 PM–10:00 PM Fireworks!

Exhibitions and Shows

Appalachian Arts Studio Chainsaw Woodcarving

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.



Dialed Action Sports BMX Bike Show

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.



State College Women’s 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.



Quilts of Valor

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.



Musical Performances and Acts


Devon Franks

Creating their own scene of loyal fans, this group of pros is taking on one stage at a time. Along the way, they have shared stages with artists including Lee Brice, The Cadillac Three, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Dan and Shay, Trick Pony, and Travis Tritt.

In the short two years since starting, they have taken the show to the fans and won the crowd every time. The original music on their debut EP has been reached out to fans across the world, and their upcoming album, The Backbone, will be a sure fit for all your country needs!




Jackie Brown & The Gill Street Band

Jackie Brown & The Gill Street BandThe Gill Street Band is a 9-piece classic funk/soul/r&b band based in Pennsylvania with the hardest working 4-piece horn section east of the Mississippi. After performing the funkiest classic soul and horn music for over four years throughout the state, The Gill Street Band (formerly The Hounds of Soul) is now performing with the addition of dynamic front-woman, singer, and performer, Jackie Brown.


The Gill Street Band is Jackie Brown (vocals), John “JT” Thompson (keyboards), Mike “Fretless” Siggins (bass),  John Raiser (drums), Charles “Pinecone” Halcomb (guitar), Chris Gamble (trombone), Tom Gallagher (saxophone), Richard Meyer (trumpet, flügelhorn), and Benjamin Kim (saxophone).


Jackie Brown & The Gill Street Band

Jump the Gun

Jump the Gun is a south-central PA power trio that consists of Doug Wardrope, Jim Gordon, and Rob Braden. Known for a particularly diverse selection of material, their music ranges widely from Johnny Cash to Harry Nilsson to Thin Lizzy. It would be difficult to find an act more committed to a quality representation of covers, as well as their own material.

One of their earlier songs, It’s Beautiful was used as a ‘bumper’ on the nationally syndicated Howard Stern Show several times from ’97-‘01. It’s Beautiful was also released on PA’s Finest Stage Stars Vol. II, and usage rights continue, having been purchased as recently as 2017. Additionally, their song I Would Crawl was featured in the movie Screen Kill.

JTG has been featured at the legendary CBGB’s in NYC, as well as other landmark clubs.



Jump the Gun


New York Pan Stars Steel Orchestra

New York Pan Stars Steel Orchestra is a youth-serving, community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing music education as a creative outlet for youth. Established in 2007, their mission is to instill young people with knowledge and appreciation of the steel pan instrument, the only non-electronic instrument invented in the twentieth century.

New York Pan Stars is a 20-piece steel orchestra led by Captain Sparkle Demming and Music Director/Arranger Marc Brooks. They promote creative practice and performance environments in disciplined and professional atmospheres. Basic music theory and education of the steel pan instrument is a fundamental part of their structure, and is integrated into each practice session. Their musical repertoire includes genres such as Calypso, Soca, Jazz/Latin Fusion, R&B, Reggae, Urban Christian/Contemporary Gospel & Popular Culture.


New York Pan Stars Steel Orchestra



RamaLama is the Central Pennsylvania’s newest doo-wop group, featuring T-Dub, Bubba, Millie, Tex, Shorty, and Guinness.


Formed in 2015, the mixed and varied talents of the members shine during performances, making for fun and interactive audience experiences. Whether performing to a packed venue or strolling at a private dinner party, RamaLama is pure entertainment, bringing the best of the 1950s and 1960s doo-wop to life!





Spider Kelly

Spider Kelly is comprised of band members Eric Bishop (Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Vibra Slap), Chris Hescox (Vocals, Guitar, Kazoo), Jim Decosmo (Drums and other stuff), and James Miller (Bass, Guitar, Vocals). 




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