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The Ultimate Guide to Disney World 4th of July Celebrations

Join Mickey and friends for the Disney World 4th of July celebrations in Orlando, Florida as we celebrate America’s Independence Day! Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios all boast fireworks displays, parades and festive fun for the holiday. Plus, all of the events and displays are included with your Disney World tickets.

Here’s a detailed look at the Disney World 4th of July schedule:

Fireworks over Cinderella castle at Disney World 4th of JulyMagic Kingdom

July 3rd and 4th, 2018

9:15 pm: Celebrate America: A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks

“Disney’s Celebrate America: A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” is a 15-minute, 360-degree fireworks spectacular known as one of the best firework displays in the nation. This lively tribute to the Stars and Stripes astounds audiences in an epic performance you will never forget!

During the day you can catch Goofy, Donald and Pluto leading a procession down Main Street USA. Remember to catch the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm for a truly magical day at the Magic Kingdom.

Plus, special DJ parties are hosted each evening in Frontierland and Tomorrowland. Head to these specific destinations for excellent fireworks viewing spots, too!

Disney World 4th of JulyDisney’s Hollywood Studios

July 4th, 2018

9:00 pm and 10:30 pm: Fantasmic!

10:00 pm: Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

Although Disney’s Hollywood Studios won’t have a specific 4th of July celebration, you can still enjoy mesmerizing and towering fireworks at the iconic Fantasmic! show performed each night. We recommend arriving to the show early to secure your seats.

New to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular leverages the music, magic, and characters you know and love along with special effects and fireworks to immerse audiences into the Star Wars saga. Performed nightly, you might want to also add a bit of the force to your Disney World 4th of July celebrations!

Disney World 4th of July Fireworks in EpcotEpcot

July 4th, 2018

5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pmVoices of Liberty at the America Gardens Theatre

9:00 pm: IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

When celebrating a Disney World 4th of July, also consider visiting Epcot for a fireworks spectacular and American celebration. First, visit the America Gardens Theatre to see Mickey and friends dressed for the holiday. Then at select times in the evening, listen to Voices of Liberty since traditional American songs.

On Independence Day, Epcot’s fireworks display features an enhanced version of the original production, with a show that celebrates our planet’s history and a few extra special additions for the holiday. At the end of the show, IllumiNations features a tribute to America the only way Disney knows how. You’ll see!

A few of the best viewing spots at Epcot include:

  • The entrance of World Plaza Showcase
  • The bridge between France and the United Kingdom
  • The waterside dock across from the Italy pavilion.

Please consult the park’s schedule upon arrival for performance times and destinations.

Animal Kingdom

July 4, 2018

9:15 pm and 10:15 pm: Rivers of Light Nighttime Experience

Although not a 4th of July event, Animal Kingdom will be hosting their popular Rivers of Light Nighttime Experience. Watch as the park is illuminated with vibrant colors, cultures, and music under the night sky. This 15-minute spectacular celebrates animal folklore, Eastern festival traditions, and much more. If you watched the Disney World 4th of July fireworks at Magic Kingdom on the 3rd, escape the holiday crowds and watch this show instead!

Celebrate a Disney World 4th of July

Watching 4th of July fireworks from Walt Disney World is an indescribable feeling. Remember to get to your fireworks spot early, charge your phone or camera, and sit back and enjoy a fireworks experience unlike any other. Planning to attend the Disney World 4th of July festivities? Book your Disney World vacation ASAP!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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