4th of July Fun Near Disney: Top Picks for Fireworks and Festivities

4th of July Fun Near Disney: Top Picks for Fireworks and Festivities

June 25th, 2024
 
The 4th of July is a time for celebration, and if you find yourself near Disney World in Orlando, there are plenty of events to choose from. From the magic of the theme parks to local neighborhood gatherings and lively entertainment districts, here are the best places to enjoy Independence Day festivities.
 
 

THEME PARKS

MAGIC KINGDOM

Magic Kingdom is a top spot for a 4th of July celebration, offering a special fireworks show called "Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky." This event features patriotic music, stunning pyrotechnics, and a magical atmosphere that only Disney can provide. The fireworks begin at 9:20 PM, and you can also enjoy the park’s usual array of attractions and entertainment throughout the day.
 
Park hours: 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fireworks: 9:20 PM
 

EPCOT

Epcot presents "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" with an extended 4th of July finale featuring fireworks, lasers, and a patriotic soundtrack. The show starts at 9:00 PM, and visitors can explore the World Showcase pavilions, which often have special Independence Day-themed offerings. It’s a unique way to experience the holiday with a global twist.
 
Park hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Fireworks: 9:00 PM
 

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

At Universal Studios, the 4th of July festivities kick off at 6:15 PM with a live DJ, meet and greets with fan-favorite characters and roaming patriotic stilt walkers. Fireworks are set to begin at 10:00 PM over the Universal Studios Florida Lagoon. The energetic atmosphere makes it a great choice for those looking for excitement and adventure.
 
Park hours: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fireworks: 10:00 PM
 

SEAWORLD

SeaWorld Orlando’s "Ignite" fireworks display is extended for the 4th of July, combining lasers, fountains, and fireworks set to a powerful soundtrack. The show begins at 10:00 PM. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy the park’s marine life exhibits, thrilling rides, and special 4th of July festivities.
 
Park hours: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Fireworks: 10:00 PM
 
Park admission is required for each of the parks. Reservations may be required for Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
 
 

ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS

SUNSET WALK’S 4TH OF JULY STAR SPANGLED CELEBRATION

Located just outside Margaritaville Resort Orlando, Sunset Walk’s Star Spangled Celebration offers live music on multiple stages, street performers, a laser light show, a confetti storm, and a spectacular fireworks finale. LED glow sticks and mini American flags will be handed out. This event is great for those who enjoy a lively street party atmosphere with plenty of entertainment options.
 
Where: Promenade at Sunset Walk, 3251 Margaritaville Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34747
When: July 4th, 3:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Fireworks: TBA
Cost: FREE
 

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO CITYWALK

The various restaurants and bars at CityWalk provide an excellent selection of food and drinks, making it a great place to enjoy the holiday evening with friends and family.
 
Where: 6000 Universal Blvd Orlando, FL 32819
When: July 4th, 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Fireworks: 10:00 PM
Cost: FREE
*Parking is free after 6:00 PM
 

OLD TOWN’S JULY 4TH CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS

Old Town in Kissimmee provides a retro-style 4th of July celebration with live music and entertainment on the Old Town main stage and family-friendly activities. The fireworks begin at 9:30 PM, adding a nostalgic touch to the holiday festivities. Bring the family for an entire day of fun with neighboring Fun Spot attraction.
 
Where: Old Town, 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy Kissimmee, FL 34746
When: July 4th, 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Fireworks: 9:00 PM
Cost: FREE
 
 

NEIGHBORHOODS

CELEBRATION’S INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECTACULAR

The town of Celebration hosts an Independence Day Spectacular that includes a parade, live music, a kids’ zone with games and activities, and a fireworks display starting at 9:30 PM. This event is perfect for families looking for a more intimate and community-focused celebration.
 
Where: Celebration Lakeside Park, Front St. Celebration, FL 34747
When: July 4th, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Fireworks: 9:20 PM
Cost: FREE


FIREWORKS AT THE FOUNTAIN AT LAKE EOLA

 
Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park is home to the Fireworks at the Fountain event, featuring live entertainment, a kids’ play area, and a variety of food and drink vendors. The fireworks display over the lake starts at 9:15 PM set to a live performance by the Orlando Concert Band, making it a picturesque setting for a patriotic celebration.
 
Where: Downtown Orlando, 512 E Washington St. Orlando, FL 32801
When: July 4th, 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Fireworks: 9:10 PM
Cost: FREE
 

WINTER GARDEN’S PARTY IN THE PARK

Winter Garden hosts its Party in the Park at Newton Park, featuring live music, family-friendly activities, and a fireworks display at 9:15 PM. The event offers a charming, small-town feel with plenty of space for picnics and outdoor fun.
 
Where: Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Ave. Winter Garden, FL 34787
When: July 4th, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Fireworks: 9:15 PM
Cost: FREE
 

KISSIMMEE’S MONUMENTAL 4TH OF JULY

Kissimmee Lakefront Park’s Monumental 4th of July event includes live music, a kids’ zone, food vendors, and one of the largest fireworks displays in the area, starting at 9:30 PM. This event is known for its wide range of activities and scenic lakefront views.
 
Where: Kissimmee Lakefront Park, 69 Lakeview Dr. Kissimmee, FL 34741
When: July 4th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fireworks: 9:00 PM
Cost: FREE
 
No matter where you choose to celebrate the 4th of July near Disney World, you're sure to have a fantastic time. Each location offers a unique blend of activities, entertainment, and fireworks, ensuring a memorable experience for all ages. Gather your family and friends, enjoy the festive atmosphere, and celebrate American independence in style. Happy 4th of July!
 
All event times and fireworks display start times are subject to change. Please confirm the latest schedules before finalizing your holiday plans.
 

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