Fourth of July in Orlando
Orlando is bursting with exciting ways to make your Independence Day crackle — and every summer, we have a wealth of blockbuster celebrations that will rocket your family to a whole new level of vacation fun. From the theme parks to beyond, here’s your guide to patriotic events and other things to do in Orlando where you’re guaranteed to have a booming time this Fourth of July.
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Independence Day Events in Orlando
See how Orlando celebrated America’s birthday in 2021 and check back for 2022 events as they get announced. Unless otherwise noted, all Independence Day 2022 events will take place only on July 4, 2022.
Independence Day Fireworks at Walt Disney World® Resort
In 2021, evening fireworks returned to Walt Disney World Resort — just in time for Independence Day! On the Fourth of July, Magic Kingdom® Park hosted its “Happily Ever After” fireworks display, while EPCOT® had its “EPCOT Forever” show.
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4th of July Weekend Celebration at SeaWorld® Orlando
As part of its Electric Ocean summer event, which is included with park admission, SeaWorld Orlando hosted 4th of July fireworks from 11:30 – 11:45 p.m. for three consecutive nights!
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Awe-Summer at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort: Red, White & BOOM
LEGOLAND Florida Resort celebrated America’s Independence as the skies above Lake Eloise filled with one of the park’s biggest fireworks shows of the year! These festivities were included with park admission.
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Fireworks at the Fountain
At Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando, visitors and locals enjoyed live entertainment, family-friendly fun, and food and beverages available for purchase from a variety of vendors, culminating with a patriotic fireworks finale.
Unique Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Orlando
Want to celebrate Independence Day like a real patriot? Look no further than Orlando. Not only do we host a wide range of Fourth of July events, but our theme parks and attractions provide plenty of ways to commemorate the holiday in style — including Captain America meet-and-greets, quality time with U.S. presidents and much more!
See Captain America at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Catch the Sentinel of Liberty himself at Universal Orlando Resort this Independence Day! When he isn’t battling the forces of Hydra, Captain America is part of the lineup of comic book legends who walk the streets of Marvel Super Hero Island® at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom® Park
Who better to celebrate America’s independence with than past and present U.S. presidents? At Walt Disney World® Resort, The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Park provides a unique opportunity to see, and in some cases hear, animatronic versions of the nation’s leaders. In addition to the centerpiece, 25-minute experience, the attraction also offers a self-guided tour of various replicas and artifacts from U.S. history.
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Ride the Freedom Flyer at Fun Spot America Orlando
Soar like an eagle — an American bald eagle, of course — on Fun Spot America’s Freedom Flyer. The suspended, inverted steel roller coaster is part of the lineup of family-friendly attractions at Fun Spot’s Orlando location on International Drive, which also features the patriotically painted HeadRush 360. Although Fun Spot’s Kissimmee location near Walt Disney World doesn’t have a Freedom Flyer, you can still fly like America’s mascot there courtesy of its Screaming Eagles attraction.
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See Bald Eagles on Orlando Boat Tours
The Orlando area provides many opportunities to see the American bald eagle in natural settings — particularly when you book passage on our boat tours and rides. For fast-paced action, look into Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides and Wild Florida. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour offers a relaxing, one-hour cruise through the waterways of its charming namesake city.
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Salute America’s Astronauts at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Space exploration has been a major part of the American experience for more than half a century, and you can explore its past, present and future at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, about an hour from downtown Orlando on Florida’s East Coast.
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Protect the White House at America’s Escape Game
The White House is in trouble on Independence Day and every day at America’s Escape Game, which is located on International Drive. In “Crisis at 1600,” a paramilitary group has seized the building and launched a swarm of missiles that can only be disarmed from inside the Oval Office. It will fall on you and up to nine other players to save the day — and millions of lives in the process!
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