On Centre | Around Bellefonte: Barbecue hopes to be appetizer for fireworks

Barbecuing on the Fourth of July. It’s as traditional as fireworks, parades and flying the flag.

But even if you don’t have a barbecue (or you’re like me and can’t fit one at your apartment), there’s no reason to miss out on an old-fashioned Fourth tradition.

The Fourth of July Bellefonte Family BBQ is slated to have music, multicultural dance and a live jam session. The event is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. on July 4 at the Match Factory.

The event was organized through RoBurrage Productions.

“Our aim is to promote diversity awareness and inspire multicultural unity in the area through the arts,” productions co-founder and executive officer Chanda Burrage said, “with a local artist jam session, karaoke, and array of world dance music, fun games for the entire family ... and great soulful food.”

Burrage organized the event with her husband, fellow co-founder, jazz musician and Penn State instructor Ronnie Burrage.

The event was scheduled for the late afternoon so it wouldn’t have to compete with State College’s historic 4th Fest, she said.

“Hopefully, people will come out to the Bellefonte Family BBQ and then head over to see the fireworks,” she said.

Advanced tickets are available for $5 through, she said, and $7 tickets are available at the door. Food is a la carte, including hamburgers, hot dogs, fried fish, corn on the cob, collard greens and assorted desserts. Big Springs Spirits, an event sponsor, will also be offering drinks.