Fourth of July Festivities for Walt Disney World


While I will be celebrating this year’s Fourth of July with a box of sparklers in my backyard, Walt Disney World is getting ready to put on a fantastic show for guests who visit during the patriotic holiday.

At the Magic Kingdom, the festivities kick off on July 3, with a two day celebration. Both days, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will run at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Each night will then culminates in the “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks extravaganza. The show will take place on both July 3 and July 4 at 9:00 p.m. After the fireworks, there will be two performances of the Main Street Electrical Parade, one at 10:00 p.m. and one at 12:00 a.m. The Magic Kingdom will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. both days.

Epcot will offer tons of fun activities to help celebrate the occasion. First, guests will be able to meet their favorite Disney characters dressed in patriotic attire outside of the American Adventure.

If music is more your cup of tea, there will certainly be plenty of options to choose from at the park. Make sure you check out the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps, who will be performing at 1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. You also won’t want to miss the stunningly talented Voices of Liberty who will have performances at the America Gardens Theatre at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Voices of Liberty will then move inside to the American Adventure Rotunda for performances at 4:15 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. If you are a fan of the band Boston, you won’t want to miss the tribute band, Don’t Look Back, performing for the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series. The band will hold performances at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. The evening will end with a bang as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is shown at 10 p.m. The show will feature a special “Heartbeat of Freedom” tag at the end. Epcot will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will be able to take part in the “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration.” The festivities kick off with a DJ playing beginning at 6:00 p.m., as well as Mulch, Sweat, and Shears, who will perform at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m. The evening will end with a rock and roll inspired fireworks spectacular at 10:15 p.m. There will also be a showing of Fantasmic! at 11:00 p.m. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., but will feature no special Fourth of July festivities.

Fourth of July is a fun experience no matter where you are, but Disney goes all out to celebrate America’s birthday.

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Rikki Niblett

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