Lighting up the Sky

The all-volunteer 4thFest celebration will include the Parade of Heroes, entertainment on two stages, the annual Firecracker 4k Race, and more, concluding at dusk with one of the largest 4th of July fireworks shows in America.

Members of the U.S. Army State College Recruiting Company fold the flag at the start of the 4thFest fireworks celebration.

Beginning the celebration

Members of the U.S. Army State College Recruiting Company fold the flag at the start of the 4thFest fireworks celebration.

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The VIP seating section of the Central PA 4thFest fireworks display sits facing Mount Nittany

4thFest VIP seating section

The VIP seating section of the Central PA 4thFest fireworks display sits facing Mount Nittany, awaiting the beginning of the 45-minute-long fireworks display which concludes a day of family activities on campus every year.

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American flag made of red flares over Happy Valley

American flag over Happy Valley

An American flag set piece, made up of small burning flares, burns during one part of the 45-minute-long Central PA 4thFest fireworks celebration on Penn State's University Park campus.

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Fireworks in the shape of a Palm tree in the sky

Palm Tree in the Sky

A palm tree-like firework set was just part of the 15,771-shell show put on for the July 4th celebration organized by the Central PA 4th Fest. 

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Fireworks lit up the sky over Penn State's University Park campus on July 4 at the annual Central Pennsylvania 4th Fest fireworks show.

Lighting up the sky

The fireworks show is choreographed to music, including songs played by big bands, rock bands, choirs, and orchestras.

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This year, the spectacular fireworks show will culminate at a firing rate of over 27 shells per second. T

A spectacular finale

This year, the spectacular fireworks show will culminate at a firing rate of over 27 shells per second. The all volunteer pyrotechnics will launch more than 10,000 shells, synchronized to a variety of musical selections, into the Central Pennsylvania sky.

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