Walt Disney World Fourth of July Celebrations

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Fourth of July Celebrations at Walt Disney World
©Rikki Niblett

Fourth of July and fireworks. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? Walt Disney World is ready to celebrate the good old red, white, and blue in fantastic fashion. So, if you are wanting to salute all nations, but mostly America, they have some great ways to do it!

Magic Kingdom

Celebrate with Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky which commemorates the Fourth with brilliant fireworks that are all choreographed to patriotic music. The best part about this fireworks spectacular is that they are shown on two nights – July 3 and July 4 at 9:00 p.m. So you have two chances to catch this unique and special show.

You also don’t want to miss The Muppets Present…Great Moments in History. During the show, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and friends reenact famous moments in American history all in a fun manner. This is a live show that is performed daily in Liberty Square.

Another must see during the holiday is the Flag Retreat which takes place at 5:00 p.m. each day in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A.

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be shown twice on both July 3 and 4 – once at 12:00 p.m. and once at 3:30 p.m.


At Epcot, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will add a patriotic twist to the show, with a special finale tag that celebrates America. Illuminations takes place at 9:00 p.m.

Guests will absolutely not want to miss performances by the talented Voices of Liberty. This is an a cappella group who perform traditional Americana tunes during a 4th of July Concert at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.  During the day, catch American Music Machine on the America Gardens Theater stage, as they perform pop hits, at 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 3:50 p.m.

Guests who love to meet characters can meet Disney favorites all dressed up to celebrate America’s birthday throughout the day at the American Adventure Pavilion.

Finally, Guests do not want to miss the American Adventure show which is a journey through important moments in America’s history narrated by Audio-Animatronic figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. Prior to the show, make sure to stop in the American Heritage Gallery for “The Kinsey Collection.” This exhibit showcases 400 years of African-American achievement through rare art, documents, books and artifacts.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

What’s more American than Star Wars? Celebrate this great icon of our culture with the  “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks spectacular. This show takes place nightly at 9:30 p.m.  The show dazzles with themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic characters and scenes from the Star Wars saga, all set to that unforgettable film score.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

For the first time ever, Guests can experience a nighttime show on the Fourth of July at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The newer nighttime show, Rivers of Light, celebrates a connection with nature through fire, water and light. Rivers of Light is shown twice nightly at 9:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort & Spa

The resort will be hosting an All-American July 4 cookout from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a meal of grilled steak and shrimp, hot dogs, baked beans, sides, plus specialty drinks, beer and wine. There will be a live DJ on hand and fun crafts for kids. Once dinner is over, Guests will be able to head to the Grand Floridian Marina for sweets, as well as a view of the Magic Kingdom Fourth of July fireworks. This special experience costs $120 plus tax for adults ages 10 and up, and $59 ages 3 to 11. Gratuity is included. For reservations, 407-WDW-DINE.

I will make sure to update this post as additional Fourth of July events for the resorts get announced!

As a reminder, the Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year at Walt Disney World. Make sure you come prepared with a plan and pack your patience. (Oh and be prepared for the heat!)

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


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Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

3 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Fourth of July Celebrations

  • June 22, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Are there any celebrations/parties/fireworks planned for Disney Springs or perhaps the Universal sites?

    • June 22, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Hi Steve!

      There are no major celebrations or fireworks planned for Disney Springs. There may be a few special sales that occur at some of the shops though.

      I am unsure what will happen at Universal currently. I don’t know if they have anything announced. I certainly haven’t seen anything yet.

  • June 24, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I was in Universal on July 4th 2015 and it was just their nightly cinematic spectacular show


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