The 4th of July is always a great reason to visit Happy Valley, thanks in large part to the Central PA 4thFest. Home to the “third largest and best fireworks show in the United States” according to international fireworks website Fireworks Guide, it’s a fantastic way to celebrate our nation’s independence.

If you’ve never been to the State College 4thFest before, there’s much more to it than just the fireworks.

4thFest is a daylong celebration featuring a Parade of Heroes that winds through downtown State College and the Penn State campus, great local food and music and a carnival located next to the Bryce Jordan Center. There’s also the Firecracker 4k race beginning at 9 a.m. for those who enjoy competitive running.

You can take a look at the course map here.

This year, the celebration is getting extended by a couple days, thanks to a new endeavor organized by area hotels and the Central PA Visitors Bureau.

The first annual Flavors of Happy Valley will take place on July 4-July 7 and will consist of many activities, tours, sidewalk sales and an Ice Cream Festival. It’s a great way to extend the fun of 4thFest throughout the weekend. Check out the official flyer here.

Guests who stay at one of the participating hotels will receive complimentary wristbands which entitles them to discounts at many of the featured venues. Members of the general public can buy a wristband for $5 at the Visitors Bureau and participating hotels.

With the wristband, you can receive discounted access to local hotspots such as the Tussey Mountain Fun Centre, Discovery Space and Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park just to name a few.

The sidewalk sale and Flavors of Happy Valley will be brought to you by downtown ice cream shops and area retailers.

Finding a hotel room for this great weekend of fun is easy. Book your stay with Lion Country Lodging now! Click here to reserve your hotel room.

And for Penn State alumni, this is a great weekend to come and enjoy your college home and recreate some memories. Plus, you can save on your hotel stay with our Alumni Discount Plan.

We look forward to seeing you for this great event!

Carnegie Inn & Spa - (814) 234-2424

100 Cricklewood Drive State College, PA 16803

Days Inn Penn State - (814) 238-8454

240 S. Pugh Street State College, PA 16801

Hilton Garden Inn - (814)-272-1221

1221 East College Avenue State College, PA 16801

Nittany Budget Motel - (814) 238-0015

2070 Cato Avenue State College, PA 16801

Quality Inn State College - (814) 234-1600

1274 North Atherton Street State College, PA 16803

Super 8 - (814) 237-8005

1663 S. Atherton St State College, PA 16801