Fireworks set to light up the sky at Penn State again this year

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The Central PA 4thFest will once again take place on July 4 on the University Park campus of Penn State. The 4thFest has been rated as one of the Top 5 largest, biggest, best 4th of July fireworks shows in the United States, but this festival is so much more than just fireworks.

In addition to lighting up the night sky, the festival also will include the Firecracker 4K Race, the third annual Parade of Heroes, music and activities, a lumberjack show, and BMX riders and rollerbladers.

Schedule of events:

-- The Firecracker 4K Race will be held at 9 a.m. on the University Park campus of Penn State.

-- The third annual Parade of Heroes will take place at 2 p.m. beginning in front of the State College Municipal Building in State College.  The parade route will travel through downtown State College, across Penn State’s University Park campus and end at the Katz Building.

-- Beginning at 2 p.m., there will be music at three venues and various activities for the children and teens.

-- A team of lumberjacks based in Minnesota will perform 30-minute “lumberjack shows” at 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Visitors may try their hand at some logrolling. A change of clothes is suggested.

-- Dialed Action Sports BMX riders and rollerbladers will perform at 5:30, 7 and 8 p.m. in the east side lower parking lot of the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.

-- The main event, the 4thFest fireworks, will begin at 9:15 p.m. and continue nonstop through 10 p.m.

-- A Street Dance will be held after the fireworks.

Special VIP viewing passes are available for purchase from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center's ticket office, as well as at the 4thFest information booth and the entrance to the VIP viewing area.

For additional information -- including maps, directions and parking – about the Central PA 4thFest, go to

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