With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, the Raystown Lake Region will be celebrating all week with fireworks displays, beginning tonight, Sunday, July 1st, at the Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center after dusk (9:00 PM-ish). If you don’t want to find a place to park to watch them (it’s illegal to stop on Route 994 in the area of Entriken Bridge), and you aren’t confident enough to boat at night, Seven Points Marina still has tickets to view them from the deck of The Princess Lake Cruiser. The cruise on The Princess departs from the marina at 7:00 PM. A limited number of tickets are still available. We recommend calling 814-658-3074. ASAP to reserve.
Also tonight, tomorrow night, and Tuesday night, the State College Spikes Minor League Baseball team will be having fireworks displays following each game in their series versus the Batavia Muckdogs. Game times are 6:00 PM tonight, and 7:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, on the Penn State University campus, State College, PA.
Tuesday night, July 3rd, also brings a community fireworks display to Huntingdon. The fireworks are launched from atop Flagpole Hill, and visible from nearly everywhere in Huntingdon Borough and Smithfield Township. For those of you not familiar with Huntingdon, Flagpole Hill is located at the top of 5th Street (look for the giant American Flag).
Of course the actual Independence Day holiday falls on July 4th, and that’s when the big mortars come out. Working from South to North along Interstate 99, look for the Independence Day Firestorm fireworks display at Altoona’s Lakemont Park, and another display following the Altoona Curve Minor League Baseball game against the Reading Phillies at PNG Field, Altoona. One of the largest, most renowned, professional fireworks displays in Pennsylvania happens at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park with its annual Summer Thunder 4th of July Fireworks. Farther north on Interstate 99, State College’s Central PA 4th Fest will be happening in the area of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and Beaver Stadium. This display is the largest all-volunteer fireworks display in the world.
The fireworks don’t end with Independence Day, though. The Altoona Curve will have fireworks following each game against the Reading Phillies, July 4th, 5th, and 6th, and Saturday and Sunday night games against the Binghamton Mets. Game times on Wednesday-Saturday are 7:00 PM and Sunday at 6:00 PM.
If you were counting, that’s 13 fireworks displays in 8 days, including at least one every night! Be safe, have fun, and don’t drink and drive or drink and boat!
God Bless America!