Why and How to Volunteer?

The 4thFest is organized by 600+ volunteers, working year round, spending approximately 13000 man-hours planning, developing and executing the event. These volunteers – your friends, colleagues and neighbors in Central Pennsylvania – are what make the 4thFest possible. If you are interested in joining this dynamic, fun team, we will find a position that can utilize your talents and interests. Whether you can volunteer 5 or 50 hours, you will be a welcomed addition to the 4thFest team.

If you have additional questions, please contact Karl Libhart, 4thFest Executive Director, via email centralpa4thfest@gmail.com

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Firecracker 4K Race

Volunteer Firecracker 4K Race
  • Route marshals
  • Registration and Race Pack coordinators
  • Pace Timers
  • Water Station assistants
  • Timing Chip Collectors

Heroes Parade

Volunteer Parade
  • Giant Balloon Handlers – walk with a giant balloon through the parade (time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • Parade Route Guides – helping with crowd control, flow of the parade, answer spectator questions
  • Parade Clean Up – assist with post-parade cleanup

The 4th of July Party

  • Entertainment Area (in lots near BJC & Beaver Stadium)
    • Help needed with stage support, special performer parking lot gate monitors, tear down, etc.
    • 2 hour time slots – help especially needed from 4 p.m. to ?


  • Kids’ Craft Tent (BJC Parking Lot)
    • Additional 10-15 volunteers (ages 13 & up) needed from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    • Assist kids with patriotic crafts (craft kits), face painting, temporary tattoos

July 5th Cleanup

Volunteer July 5th Cleanup

Volunteers: 50 needed from 8:00am until noon

The day after the 4th is a day of returning the Penn Sate campus to the pristine condition that we found it before our event started. A huge crowd usually leaves behind some residue when they leave. We all pitch in to work on the cleanup detail. Some of the team members have been volunteering for two weeks to get the show ready to go. New people on cleanup day are most welcome. Come prepared to dig in and join the trashiest folks in the valley for 4 or 5 hours. Cleanup begins at 8:00 at the fireworks office trailer.