We should come up with a new word that describes how we all feel headed into a summer holiday weekend. It’s like a magical mixture of anticipation for the celebrations and a patriotism that’s there all the time but bursts to the surface just like the fireworks that cap the holiday.

Summer is here, and it's all about flip flop feet and flag-lined streets!

Fourth of July Taste of Independence Food Truck Festival
Monday, July 4 -- 3 to 9 p.m.

After experimenting with some different set-ups in recent years, the City of Harrisburg will bring the Fourth of July Celebrations back to Riverfront Park with a focus on FOOD!  The region’s best food truck vendors (more than 25 food vendors have signed on) will line the river front along with live bands and family entertainment. Enjoy live music from the centrally-located main stage, and treat the kids to face painting, caricatures and more. The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra will perform a FREE concert at 7:45 at the south end of Riverfront Park. 

Festival-goers will be treated to two fireworks displays this year. The Harrisburg Senators will cap their game with a display set from inside FNB Field on City Island, and then the City will set off its display from the tip of the Island.

Street parking will be free for the event, and parking on City Island will be $4. 

Native American Pow Wow Harrisburg Labor Day

Labor Day Weekend – Harrisburg’s Centennial Kipona Celebration
September 3, 4, 5 -- 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

When Labor Day comes around, no one is really ready to let go of summer and that makes for a great party! This year marks 100 years of Harrisburg’s Kipona Festival. Kipona is an Indian name for “Sparkling Waters,” and the festival celebrates the city’s river heritage with three days of activities that range from a Native American Pow Wow to a Chili Cook-Off.  Watch canoe races or take in a karate tournament. Check out live music or cross the walking bridge to play a round of golf on City Island.

Carry the holiday vibe from the river front activities into Harrisburg’s downtown.  Have a night cap on Restaurant Row or take a family field trip to the PA State Capitol or the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Make it a true long weekend – three of them - and hang out with us in Harrisburg! 

Harrisburg Summer Festivals Face Painting