Celebrate 2016’s 4th of July at the Orlando Theme Parks
- Updated: June 24, 2016
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World Resort celebrates Independence Day over the course of 2 days – July 3 and 4. Three of their parks will have grand firework displays, as well as a few added activities to celebrate America’s birthday.
The Hall of Presidents: A Celebration of Liberty’s Leaders gives guests an entertaining lesson in American history. After nightfall, dancing patriots, a stately bald eagle, glittering lights and the patriotic music of the Main Street Electrical Parade all honor America as the parade’s stunning final float lights Main Street, U.S.A. nightly.
Afterwards, the celebration begins with “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” July 3 and 4 at Magic Kingdom. The 14-minute fireworks spectacular rockets into the sky above Cinderella Castle at 9 p.m. both nights.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Guests can enjoy the all-new “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks nightly, with the show beginning at a special time of 9:30 p.m. for the holiday weekend, July 3 and 4.
Guests visiting Epcot on July 4 will have the opportunity to meet some of their favorite Disney characters dressed in patriotic attire throughout the afternoon at the American Adventure Pavilion. Voices of Liberty, the eight-part a capella group, will have special performances at American Gardens Theatre at 12:30, 1:45 and 3 p.m. They also will perform inside the American Adventure Rotunda at 4:15 and 5 p.m. that day. Guests also will have the opportunity to catch the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps outside at 1, 2:15, 3:30, 4 and 4:45 p.m.
That evening, the spectacular fireworks and laser show “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” lights the night at 10 p.m. with a heart-pounding grand finale in a salute to America.
Believe it or not, Universal Orlando does not do anything extra for 4th of July – something they haven’t done in a few years. The good news is that their nighttime show – Cinematic Spectacular – can still be enjoyed as the park closes at 10pm.
On Friday, July 1, SeaWorld Orlando will be opening the park gates one hour early for U.S. active duty military, veterans and up to three guests. Advance ticket and military ID required; visit WavesOfHonor.com for current active duty and veteran ticket offers. Exclusive ride time begins at 8 a.m.
On July 2nd and 3rd, Park guests can enjoy performances from Country music icon Lee Greenwood at Bayside Stadium. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and are included with park admission. Reserved seating available for $15, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for details.
On the 4th of July, guests can enjoy a magnificent fireworks display. The night sky will light up as bursts of bright colors fill the air during this spectacular, patriotic-inspired show featuring the 13th Army Band, Florida National Guard. Fireworks are included with park admission and can best be viewed from Bayside Stadium. The patriotic musical performance begins at 10 p.m. with fireworks promptly following at approximately 10:45 p.m.
Open late for Summer Nights, guests can celebrate the Fourth of July festivities by enjoying the newest family thrill ride, Cobra’s Curse, and North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury. Plus, fireworks will illuminate the sky at 9:30 p.m., in Gwazi Park right after the acrobatics show, Kinetix.