Lifestyle - June 29, 2018

Where to celebrate Fourth of July in Orlando

Orlando is bursting with exciting ways to make your Independence Day crackle — and this summer, we have a wealth of blockbuster celebrations that will rocket your family to a whole new level of fun. From the theme parks to beyond, here’s your guide to patriotic events in Orlando where you’re guaranteed to have a booming time this Fourth of July!


Baldwin Park Independence Bash

Street festival with arts and crafts vendors, food, a beer garden, live music and fireworks over the lake.

When: July 3rd, 6-11 pm
Where: Baldwin Park, New Broad Street, and Jake Street
Price: free.

Freedom on the Waterfront

An old-fashioned celebration with food, live music and fireworks at dusk.

When: July 3rd, 5 pm
Where: Elizabeth Evans Park, 510 N. Baker St., Mt. Dora
Price: free.

Red Hot & Boom

A night of live performances, food vendors and synchronized fireworks.

When: July 3rd, 4 – 11 pm
Where: Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs
Price: free
Contact: 407-571-8863

Red, White & Brew

Enjoy a two-day Fourth of July celebration with live music, food, games, and drinks.

When: July 3rd, 9 pm
Where: Wall Street Plaza, Wall, and Court streets
Price: free
Contact: 407-849-0471


All American Kids Parade & Breakfast

A patriotic parade preceded by free breakfast for kids.

When: July 4th, 8 am
Where: Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 W. Bay St., Winter Garden
Price: free.

Celebration of Freedom

Celebrate with live entertainment, a talent show, and fireworks.

When: July 4th, 5 – 9 pm
Where: Central Winds Park, 1000 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs
Price: free

Fireworks at the Fountain

Celebrate a daylong festival with live entertainment and fireworks.

When: July 4th, 4 – 10 pm
Where: Lake Eola Park, North Eola Drive, and East Robinson Street
Price: free

Fourth of July Parade

A traditional downtown Fourth of July parade.

When: July 4th, 10 am
Where: Downtown Mount Dora, East Fifth Avenue and North Donnelly Street, Mount Dora
Price: free

July 4th Celebration

Patriotic celebration with an apple pie bake-off, a bike parade, vendors, food trucks and fireworks.

When: July 4th, 5 – 9 pm
Where: Avalon Park Sports Fields, 3680 Avalon Park Blvd.
Price: free
Contact: 407-658-6565

July 4th Lakefront Celebration

Celebrate with vendors, food, fun, music, and fireworks.

When: July 4th, 12 – 10 pm
Where: St. Cloud Lakefront Park, 250 Lake Shore Blvd., St. Cloud.
Price: free
Contact: 407-892-3671

Party in the Park

Live music, family activities, food, and fireworks.

When: July 4th, 6 pm
Where: Newton Park, 29 Garden Ave., Winter Garden.
Price: free

Red, White & Brew

Enjoy a two-day Fourth of July celebration with live music and more.

When: July 4th, 5 pm
Where: Wall Street Plaza, Wall, and Court streets.
Price: free
Contact: 407-849-0471

A Sci-Fi 4th of July

A sci-fi-themed celebration with a costume contest, fireworks synced to a sci-fi-inspired soundtrack, live music, vendors and more.

When: July 4th, 4 pm
Where: Downtown Celebration, Front and Market streets, Celebration.
Price: free

Star Spangled Sanford

Festival with live entertainment, food vendors, activities, and fireworks over the river.

When: July 4th, 3 pm
Where: Fort Mellon Park, 1000 E. First St., Sanford.
Price: free

Watermelon 5K

Annual footrace through Winter Park for the Fourth of July.

When: July 4th, 7:30 am
Where: Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park.
Price: $30-$38

Winter Park 4th of July Celebration

Join this daylong Fourth of July celebration with live classical music from the Bach Festival Choir and Brass Band.

When: July 4th, 9 am
Where: Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park.
Price: free


Walt Disney World

Nighttime fireworks shows at three of Walt Disney World Resort’s theme parks will get Fourth of July makeovers in honor of the holiday. Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky will take place at 9 p.m. on July 3 and 4 at Magic Kingdom, an Independence Day edition of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is scheduled for 9 p.m. on July 4 at Epcot, and the patriotism extends to a galaxy far, far away for Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. All three are included with regular admission to their respective parks.

SeaWorld Orlando

Celebrate America’s birthday with one of Orlando’s most incredible fireworks displays at SeaWorld Orlando’s 4th of July Celebration. Consisting of a patriotic finale to the park’s regular end-of-day spectacle, Ignite, the event will light up the sky with fireworks, lasers, and pyrotechnics. It’s all included with regular park admission and can best be viewed at SeaWorld’s Bayside Stadium.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

On July 4, LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Red, White & Boom! event will culminate with a fireworks gala where special viewing glasses will make it appear as if giant LEGO bricks are exploding in the sky. The day’s festivities will also include a DJ dance party, a patriotic competition build, and the chance to help build an enormous LEGO U.S. flag. The festivities are included with regular park admission.

ICON Orlando

Formerly known as the Orlando Eye, ICON Orlando will commemorate the holiday with red, white and blue lighting. The famous, 400-foot-tall observation wheel is part of the ICON Orlando 360 entertainment and dining complex on International Drive.

Daytona International Speedway

The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, about an hour from downtown Orlando, has been an Independence Day weekend tradition for nearly five decades. Held on July 7, this year’s 160-lap, 400-mile event will feature all of the fast action fans have come to expect, followed by one of the Southeast’s largest fireworks shows. Admission prices vary.


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