Fourth of July celebration at University Park explodes with activities

December 30, 2003

University Park, Pa. -- Folks will have plenty of activities to celebrate the Fourth of July at the Main Stage and at The Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus this Sunday, July 4.

Performances by local bands, children's activities and a magic show by President Graham B. Spanier are among the activities that have been scheduled by Central PA 4th Fest. All of those activities lead up to the main event, a spectacular display of fireworks that is touted as one of the best in the nation.

At The Bryce Jordan Center, the ninth annual Family Playground will be under way from 3 to 9 p.m. This year's event will feature new rides and games for the entire family, including Under the Sea Toddler Obstacle Course, Jurassic Adventure and Laser Tag Arena. Other activities will include Rock Mountain, the Tsunami Wave Surf Machine, Galaxy Mechanical Bull, two giant slides, the Adrenaline Race 84' Obstacle Course, Seven Elements 42' Obstacle Course, two moon bounces, Speed Pitch and Speed Kick, Sports Challenge Bungee, Gladiator Joust and Penn State Inflatable Basketball Toss. Another feature for parents is the presence of the Centre County Kid ID Program, sponsored by State College Police in partnership with Centre County local law enforcement agencies and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Meanwhile outside, Central PA 4th Fest has organized all sorts of activities. Almost all events are held in Parking Lot 44 near the corner of Curtin and Porter roads on the University Park campus. The children's area is located in the Founder's Lot of the Jordan Center.

Here's the schedule:

-- 9 a.m.: Third annual Firecracker 4K race gets under way. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Intramural Building, University Park.

-- 4 p.m.: Wit's End performs on Main Stage.

-- 4, 5:30 and 7:15 p.m.: Pyrotechnics demonstration at the All-Purpose Tent.

-- 4 p.m.: Children's activities, including face painting, crafts and an exhibition of animals from Shaver's Creek Environmental Center take place at the children's area.

-- 4 to 7 p.m.: Kids ID Program, with the State College Police, takes place at The Bryce Jordan Center West Annex.

-- 4 p.m.: Civil War Infantry Division Reenactment takes place at Lot 44.

-- 4:30 and 6:15 p.m.: Kindermusic demonstration takes place at the All-Purpose Tent.

-- 5 p.m.: Ben Salinas performs magic on the Main Stage.

-- 5 p.m.: Anita Ditz, children's librarian from Schlow Memorial Library, will tell stories at the All-Purpose Tent.

-- 5 p.m.: Climbing Wall for children is open in the children's area.

-- 5:30 p.m. Rolling Fun-Der Push, Pull, Pedal Parade gets under way at the Wagner Building. Lineup is at 5 p.m.

-- 6 p.m.: The 14-foot American Flag cake will be cut at Lot 44.

-- 6 p.m.: Overhead performs on Main Stage.

-- 6:45 p.m.: Penn State President Graham B. Spanier performs magic at the All-Purpose Tent.

-- 7 p.m.: The Collins Family performs Irish fiddle music on the Main Stage.

-- 7 p.m.: Electric cars will be raced at the children's area.

-- 8 p.m.: "Hands that Sing," patriotic signing language for children will take place at the All-Purpose Tent.

-- 8 p.m.: The State College Area Municipal Band performs on the Main Stage.

-- 9 p.m.: The Nittany Knights barbershoppers will lead in the singing of patriotic songs on the Main Stage.

-- 9:20 p.m.: Fireworks set off.

-- 10:30 p.m.: Lefton Red performs on the Main Stage.

July 5 has been designated as a rain date for all of the activities.

For more information on the Central PA 4th Fest, visit

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