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Central PA 4th Fest 2023 Fireworks
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Caution Icon July 4th, 2024
9:00am until 10:30pm
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areas surrounding Beaver Stadium
2 Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA 16802
( | Centre County )
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Parking Information
Parking is a key feature Best seat in the house for family and friends
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Exclusive Tips!
Come early- pack a cooler and spend the best time for your friends and family with us We cannot wait to see you.

The Details:

Fourth of July celebrations in the State College area go back to 1927, when the Alpha Fire Company first put on a carnival. For the next 50 years, the Alpha carnival and parade were major events on the communitys calendar. However, by the 1970s, increasing demands on the Alphas all-volunteer force left firefighters with no time to produce a Fourth of July celebration. So, in 1978, the State College Sunrise Kiwanis Club took on the 4th of July celebration, presenting through the 1980s a modest firework show at the current site near Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus. In 1991, Sunrise Kiwanis passed the torch to WZWW Radio and United Federal Bank. From that partnership grew an outstanding event, produced by Dan Barker and his family for the community. The Great American 4th of July was especially notable for its use of computers to choreograph fireworks to music. By the start of the new century, the show was rated among the best in the world and had outgrown the ability of one family to organize and administer it. In 2001, an independent, community-based group was formed to carry forward our 4th of July traditions. Central Pennsylvania July 4th, Inc., is a non-profit organization. Its Board of Directors includes community leaders in education, business, industry, medicine, public service, and government. At the heart of the organization are its hundreds of volunteers, without whom this spectacular event would not be possible. Since 2013, Central PA 4th, Inc. has been committed to keeping this celebration alive. The history of the Central PA 4th Fest is rich with community spirit and dedication. Since its inception, our celebration has evolved from humble beginnings into a cherished tradition. However, recent years have presented challenges. Despite limited sponsorship in 2020, 2021, and 2022, we remained committed to providing spectacular fireworks displays, but the impact on our fest has been significant.