Fun Things to do for the 4th of July in Orlando (2021 Events to See)

Thinking about what to do besides theme parks for the 4th of July in Orlando?

Let me help you navigate through the top Independence Day celebrations throughout the Orlando area.

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Local Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Orlando

Orlando Downtown Skyline Photo preparing for the 4th of July

Walt Disney World Resort: Independence Day

The 2020 Independence day events have been cancelled for ALL of Walt Disney World due to the pandemic. Below are the events listed from 2019 to give you an idea of what happens each year at this event.

Continue reading to see what 4th of July events are happening in the rest of Orlando.

4th of July at Magic Kingdom – CANCELLED

July 3rd

  • 9:15 p.m.: Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks

July 4th

  • 9:15 p.m.: Celebrate America: A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks
Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Photo. Fireworks above Cinderella Castle.
Fourth of July at Walt Disney World
Photo: Disney Co.

Disney’s Celebrate America: A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky is 15-minute 360-degree fireworks spectacular and one of the premiere fireworks displays in the nation.

Disney guests will also be able to catch Goofy, Donald and Pluto leading a procession down Main Street USA.

Read how to survive Disney World 4th of July Crowds here!

4th of July at Epcot – CANCELLED

July 4th

You will find Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin and Disney characters in their patriotic costumes appearing near the promenade of The American Adventure throughout the afternoon.

Fireworks on Epcot lagoon.
Illuminations Reflections of Earth at Epcot
Event Times
  • 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.: Epcot will feature the Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert, with an expanded cast performing a patriotic salute including the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and Disney Characters, on the American Gardens Theatre stage
  • 9 p.m.: The patriot-inspired IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth

4th of July at Hollywood Studios – CANCELLED

July 4th

  • 10 p.m.: Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks
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Hollywood Studios

4th of July at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Camp Ground – CANCELLED

July 4th

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will have special events around Fourth of July:

fort wilderness disney with Bay Lake in the Background 4th of July in orlando
  • The Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade will be at 4 p.m. on July 4th.
  • Fourth of July Beach Bash at Clementine’s Beach will take place from 6-11 p.m. on July 4th. This will include a live DJ, dancing, games, food, and more!
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4th of July at LEGOLAND Florida: Red, Brick and Boom

July 4th 

You will be able help build LEGOLAND’s American Flag during the day with fireworks of exploding LEGO® brick at night through special 3D glasses.

Red, Brick and Boom is included in park admission and park hours will be extended to 9 p.m.

LEGOLAND Independence Day celebrations will occur July 4th with fireworks.

4th of July at SeaWorld Orlando

July 4th

Visitors of SeaWorld will see the night sky light up during the patriotic-inspired show. The fireworks show begins at 9:45 p.m.

Fireworks are included with park admission and with the best view from Bayside Stadium.

Sharks Underwater Grill in SeaWorld Orlando Sign

5 Best Fireworks Viewing Locations at SeaWorld

  1. The Waterfront: Located in between Seafire Grill and Voyager’s Smokehouse
  2. Spice Mill Patio: Located next to Spice Mill restaurant
  3. Orca Encounter Pathway: Located along the east shore of SeaWorld Lake
  4. Bayside Pathway: Located along the west shore of SeaWorld Lake
  5. The Bayside Stadium: Located next to Wild Arctic

Learn more about SeaWorld’s 4th of July events here!

4th of July at Busch Gardens

July 4th

Take the wild trek over to Busch Gardens to enjoy the top-notch roller coasters such as SheiKra, Kumba, and Montu over the holiday weekend.

Sheikra Busch Gardens Water Splash Zone

This year, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will offer extended hours for the holiday weekend with the following schedule:

  • Friday July 3rd from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 4th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

According to Busch Gardens, there will be no fireworks this year due to the global pandemic.

busch garden summer nights. Yellow and green cheetah hunt roller coaster at dusk.

In addition, any US active military with a valid ID will be able to bring themselves and three members of their immediate family in for free.

Learn how to make the most of your time at Busch Gardens here!

4th of July at Universal Studios Orlando – Activities Not Announced Yet for 2020

The 2020 Independence Day events have not been announced yet for Universal Orlando Resort due to the pandemic. Below are the events listed from 2019 to give you an idea of what happens each year at this event.

Continue reading to see what 4th of July events are happening in the rest of Orlando.

July 4th

Universal Studios Florida has a special day in store for you to celebrate Independence Day.

According to Universal Orlando, the Music Plaza will feature award-winning DJ M-Squared spinning top hits along with a live performance by the high-energy band, Raydio.

Things to do at Universal Orlando

There will also be an array of food just for the holiday such as smoked ribs, brisket sandwiches, mac n’ cheese, peach cobbler, and more.

The holiday festivities start at 5 p.m. at the Music Plaza and will continue until 10 p.m. Please note that 4th of July celebration events are included with your park admission ticket.

Enjoy a special twist to Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration, a cinematic adventure with cutting-edge projection technology, lasers and pyrotechnics.

Things to Do Besides Theme Parks for the 4th of July in Orlando

The Orlando theme parks are not the only places celebrating the patriotic holiday. Check at the local events happening all over central Florida!

4th of july in Orlando over looking Lake Eola downtown
Downtown Orlando

Red Hot & Boom

  • Where: Uptown Altamonte
  • Date & Time: 2020 Event Cancelled
  • Activities: Live music and fireworks.

Independence Day Bash

  • Where: Village Center in Baldwin Park
  • Date & Time: July 3rd 6 – 11 p.m.
  • Activities: Choreographed fireworks to be shown over Lake Baldwin at 9:15 p.m.

Monumental 4th of July Celebration in Kissimmee

  • Where: Kissimmee Lakefront Park
  • Date & Time: July 4th from 5 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Activities: Live music on stage, beer garden, food trucks and Kids’ zone.

Fireworks at the Fountain in Orlando 2020

  • Where: Downtown Orlando
  • Date & Time:  July 4th VIRTUALLY from 4 – 10 p.m.
  • Activities:  Exciting activities around Lake Eola for everyone

Freedom on the Waterfront

Party in the Park

  • Where: Winter Garden
  • Date & Time:  2020 Event Cancelled
  • Activities: Fireworks over Lake Apopka

Celebration of Freedom

Star Spangled Sanford

25th Annual 4th of July Celebration

  • Where: Downtown Winter Park
  • Date & Time: July 4th 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. VIRTUALLY
  • Activities: Carnival games and an inflatable slide, train rides, live patriotic music.

Independence Day Celebration

  • Where: Oviedo Mall
  • Date & Time: 2020 Event Cancelled
  • Activities: Fireworks, carnival rides, games, inflatables, and a cash bar.

Star Spangled Spectacular

  • Where: Celebration Town Center
  • Date & Time: 2020 Event Cancelled
  • Activities: Games, food, live music, fireworks, and an Independence Day Parade.

4th of July Celebration

  • Where: Avalon Park in Orlando
  • Date & Time: July 4th at 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Activities: Celebrate with apple pie bake-off’s, hot dog eating contest, a bike parade, and more.

The City of Leesburg’s 4th of July Celebration

  • Where: Leesburg’s Venetian Park
  • Date & Time: July 4th 6 p.m.- 10 p.m.
  • Activities: Fireworks, tailgating, live performances, food and more!

The Coke Zero 400

  • Where: Daytona International Speedway
  • Date & Time: Postponed to August 29, 2020
  • Activities: Experience the traditional fast action fun, followed by a firework show

4th of July Lakefront Celebration

  • Where: St. Cloud
  • Date & Time: July 4th 10 p.m. (fireworks only)
  • Activities: Brief fireworks display. The full activities are postponed.

Tavares 4th of July Celebration

  • Where: Tavares’ Wooton Park
  • Date & Time: July 4th 4 p.m.- 10 p.m.
  • Activities: Water Ski Show, live Entertainment, giveaways, photo booth, face painting, food trucks and more!

Red, White and Boom, Clermont

  • Where: Waterfront Park in Clermont
  • Date & Time: 2020 Event Cancelled
  • Activities: Americana activities with a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Minneola.

Star Spangled Weekend

  • Where: Promenade at Sunset Walk in Kissimmee
  • Date & Time: July 3rd through 5th ALL WEEKEND
  • Activities: DJs and Live Bands Friday night and all day Saturday, plus a FIREWORKS on Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. There will also be a Star Spangled Car and Truck Show on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

ICON Park Lights Up I-DRIVE in Orlando

  • Where: ICON Park
  • Date & Time: 2020 Event Cancelled
  • Activities: Face painting, a laser light show, live entertainment, eats and drinks, balloon animals, stilt walkers and contests.

Central Florida Independence Day Parades

4th of July Balloons at the Parade in Orlando

Just in case you’re more of a parade type of person, I’ve listed the top ones happening all over central Florida.

These parades are the perfect 4th of July celebrations for Orlando in 2020 if you’re looking something to do for the holiday.

How to Survive Florida Heat

Before you get into the Orlando 4th of July events, you’ll want to be safe and stay cool during the torturous Florida summer day.

How to Survive the Florida Heat in the Summer with beautiful Beach Line

Top 10 Florida Summer Tips

  1. Stay hydrated
  2. Bring lots of water
  3. Have sunscreen
  4. Buy water mist fan prior to visit from a local store or from a place like Amazon
  5. Find splash zones and cool off
  6. Check the weather
  7. Take Frequent Breaks
  8. Bring UV Protective Sunglasses
  9. Bring a Small Fan
  10. Watch For Signs Of Heat-Related Illnesses

Read all 30 tips to surviving the Florida summer heat here!

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many options to choose from for the 4th of July in Orlando. I want to know what you plan on doing for the special holiday. Leave your comments below!

4th of July Events in Orlando Florida with multi color ballons of red white and blue
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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!


(Original article written in the summer of 2016/Updated July 1, 2020)

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