Celebrate the upcoming patriotic weekend by kicking back and relaxing with friends and family in Cumberland Valley. We've got fireworks, special events, unique places to cool down, and more! Pick one or more of the activities below and make the most of this July 4th weekend!

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July 2

Sprint Car Racing & Fireworks @ Williams Grove Speedway

Celebrate PA Speedweek at Williams Grove Speedway and enjoy fireworks after the race. 

July 2 & 3

Harrisburg Senators @ City Island

Come to FNB Field on City Island to watch the Harrisburg Senators play and then stick around after the game for a fantastic fireworks display after the game.

July 3

July 4th Celebration at The Star Barn, Elizabethtown

Enjoy good food and homemade ice cream, festivities, and fireworks! Purchas of a general admission ticket is required. Fireworks start at approximately 9 pm. 

July 3

Stars Burst Over Carlisle Festival & Fireworks @ The Carlisle Fairgrounds

A DJ will provide entertainment and there will be concession stands offering food and drinks. Launched from the highest spot at the Carlisle Fairgrounds at approximately 9:30 p.m., the fireworks can be seen from nearby streets, parks, and backyards. This year's show will celebrate the Carlisle community's health and resilience through the public health crisis.

July 4

Food Truck Festival & Fireworks @ Riverfront Park, Harrisburg

Harrisburg invites the community to the annual Food Truck Festival & Fireworks along beautiful Riverfront Park. The event features delicious food, a Wine Garden, activities for kids, live music, and one of the largest fireworks displays in Central Pennsylvania.

July 4

Fourth of July Celebration @ Shippensburg Memorial Park

Live music, a candy scramble, food trucks, wine, and fireworks.

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Enjoy a variety of fun activities in the Cumberland Valley during the long holiday weekend. Highlights are listed below. See a full list of events from July 1-5.

July 2-4

Get Slushed Festival @ SpringGate Arcona

Featuring all things "slushy" -- wine, cocktails, and hard soda

July 3 & 4

158th Battle of Gettysburg @ The Daniel Lady Farm

Featuring battle reenactments, artillery and cavalry demonstrations, living history programs, tours of the historic and restored house & barn, and much more

July 3

Historic Walking Tour @ Pine Grove Furnace State Park

A 1-mile walk through the past to discover the history of Pine Grove Furnace.

July 4

Independence Day @ John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion

Annual public reading of the Declaration of Independence by a re-enactor and tours of the mansion

July 4

Guided Kayak Tour of Laurel Lake @ Pine Grove Furnace State Park

One-hour guided kayak tour

July 4

All You Can Race Packages @ Autobahn Speedway

Unlimited racing; this package is offered only three times throughout the year; reserve early.

July 4

Fish-for-Free Day

July 4 is one of two yearly Fish-for-Free Days designated by the PA Fish & Boat Commission. (The other day is Memorial Day.) Anyone (resident or non-resident) can legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on this day with no fishing license required. All other fishing regulations still apply. 

Museum & Visitors Center @ Gettysburg National Military Park

Immerse and prepare yourself to better understand the hallowed grounds of the Gettysburg Battlefield.


Ice CreamPlaces to Cool Off

Chill out along our Cumberland Valley Ice Cream Trail. Download the FREE digital passport and your scoops can earn you prizes. Here are some other favorite locations for water activities to keep you cool. Read more about Swimming in the Valley.