Celebrate the Fourth of July in Orlando
Orlando is the sort of destination where you can see fireworks every night — and we really crackle on Independence Day. From the theme parks to beyond, here’s your guide to Fourth of July events where you’re guaranteed to have a booming time, plus one-of-a-kind patriotic adventures to enjoy while you’re in town.
We also have special offers for active-duty and retired military personnel and their families, including theme parks, attractions, hotels and resorts, restaurants, and more. Consider it our salute to all the ways you’ve helped secure our freedom.
See how Orlando is celebrating America’s birthday in 2023, and check back for more events as they get announced. Unless otherwise noted, all Independence Day events are exclusively available on July 4. All fireworks displays are weather permitting.
Star Spangled 4 Day Celebration at Promenade at Sunset Walk
Get the party started early this year at Promenade at Sunset Walk with live music, street performers, a car and truck show and more. It’s all part of the Star Spangled 4 Day Celebration, which runs from June 30 – July 4, 2023, ending on Independence Day with a fireworks spectacular at 9:45 p.m.
Lake Nona’s Great American Block Party
Ten minutes from Orlando International Airport (MCO), Lake Nona Town Center’s Great American Block Party features Patriotic Parachuters, games, stilt walkers, a Park Pizza & Brewing Co. Bar and more to kick off the holiday weekend.
Fireworks at Orlando Theme Parks
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- WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort: Prepare for patriotism at its finest when Walt Disney World commemorates July Fourth in the skies above EPCOT® and Magic Kingdom® Park.
- SeaWorld® Orlando: As part of SeaWorld’s Summer Spectacular, which is included with admission, enjoy a massive fireworks display on the park’s large central lake with inspiring music synced to the action in celebration of America.
- LEGOLAND® Florida Resort: From July 2 – 4, 2022, the skies above Lake Eloise fill with one of the park’s biggest fireworks shows of the year during Red, White & BOOM, which is included with park admission.
Fireworks at the Fountain in Downtown Orlando
At Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando, Fireworks at the Fountain features live entertainment, family-friendly fun, and food and beverages available for purchase from a variety of vendors, culminating with a patriotic fireworks finale.
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28th Annual 4th of July Celebration in Winter Park
From 9:30 – 11 a.m., celebrate Independence Day with the City of Winter Park, about 20 minutes north of our main tourism districts. The free festivities are set to include a performance by the Bach Festival Choir and Brass Ensemble, a Kids Zone, a bike parade, and more.
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Independence Day Parade & Celebration in the Town of Celebration
Close to Walt Disney World, Celebration’s annual Independence Day Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. at Town Hall and concludes at Lakeside Park. At 5 p.m., the town’s Independence Day Spectacular begins, with fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Admission to both is free.
Independence Day Celebration at The Morse
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Red Hot & Boom
Hosted by the City of Altamonte Springs, about 25 minutes north of our tourism districts, Red Hot & Boom invites you to enjoy live music, food and one of the best fireworks shows in town.
July 4th Celebration at Old Town Entertainment District
Enjoy rocking entertainment and live music in the Old Town Entertainment District July 4th Celebration, presented in partnership with Fun Spot America Kissimmee from 6 – 10 p.m., featuring a free fireworks spectacular at 9 p.m.
Winter Garden Independence Day Celebration
The City of Winter Garden, located 25 minutes northwest of Orlando, will host a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, followed by the 19th Annual All American Kids Parade at 10 a.m. Head down to Lake Apopka and end the day with a bang with the annual Party in the Park Fireworks Display, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display starting at 9:15 p.m.
4th of July Celebration at Boxi Park
Join Boxi Park Lake Nona for a family-friendly 4th of July Celebration with live music and entertainment, bounce houses, face painting, gourmet quick service dining and more exciting surprises.
Celebrate Independence Day like a real patriot in Orlando. On top of Fourth of July events, our theme parks and attractions provide plenty of ways to commemorate the holiday in style — including Captain America sightings, quality time with U.S. presidents and much more.
SEE CAPTAIN AMERICA AT UNIVERSAL 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 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.
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 courtesy of its Screaming Eagles attraction.
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Drive a Tank at Tank America
There’s only one place in Florida where you can operate a tank without joining the military: Tank America, just east of downtown Orlando. Take command of 17 tons of power as you master the half-mile course from the driver’s seat of a real FV 433 tank.
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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 Orlando on Florida’s East Coast. Even if you’ve visited recently, you probably haven’t experienced its newest addition — Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex. It features a showcase of NASA and commercial spacecraft hardware with immersive displays, including a simulated journey through space, unique launch viewing opportunities and more.
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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 seizes the building and launches a swarm of missiles that can only be disarmed from inside the Oval Office. The country is counting on you and up to nine other players to save the day — and millions of lives in the process.
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There Is Always More to Do in Orlando
Endless adventures await in Orlando — and Visit Orlando powered by BestofOrlando.com can help you save on admission to top theme parks, attractions and experiences. Take advantage of our free planning tools to discover more ways to save money in the Theme Park Capital of the World.