Theme park fans have plenty of options to celebrate America’s birthday.
All the major parks in Orlando and Central Florida have celebrations planned for the Fourth of July — and naturally, they all involve fireworks.
At Disney World, special fireworks shows will be on display at both Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The July 4 edition of ““Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. at Magic Kingdom, will be live streamed by Disney. At Epcot, the performance of “llumiNations: Reflections of Earth” will be followed by “The Heartbreaks of Freedom” fireworks. It will be the last time this particular combination is performed, as “IllumiNations” is set to end its 20-year run in September.
Universal Orlando is offering special entertainment from July 4-6 at Universal Studios Florida’s Music Plaza, including live music, DJs and a character dance party. Pyrotechnics are part of the festivities as well, with Universal promising “a breathtaking pyrotechnics display with confetti cannons in the sky over the Music Plaza starting at 9 p.m., followed by Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration at 9:45 p.m.”
SeaWorld Orlando will end the Fourth with a special fireworks and laser show called “Ignite.” Reserved seating for the show at the park’s Bayside Stadium is available for $60.
Its sister park, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, will have fireworks for four straight nights from July 4-7. On the Fourth, the park will also have live music from Tampa-based rock band Mighty Mongo on the park’s Festival Field.
Legoland Florida will offer fireworks every night from July 4-6 as part of its Red, White & Boom celebration. Guests can also help build a U.S. flag made entirely out of Lego bricks.
There will be more celebrations outside the theme parks as well. Margaritaville Resort Orlando along U.S. 192 in Kissimmee will be hosting a “Rock-N-Country” party at its Fins Up Beach Club and Salty Room Bar & Grill. Tickets will cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
Icon Park will host a new event this year called “Icon Park Lights Up I-Drive.” The festivities on July 4-5 will include “a jaw-dropping pyrotechnics and laser light show set in the background of The Wheel” (formerly the Orlando Eye), along with entertainment like stilt walkers and competitive eating, includng a pie-eating contest sponsored by Mattie’s Cupcakes.
“This will be the best Independence Day celebration at Icon Park and we’re eager to share it with our community,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, the park’s president and CEO. “Whether you’re visiting the I-Drive area or an Orlando native, we welcome you to join us for this one-of-a-kind, local event. We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the patriotic spirit to our exciting, iconic destination.”
The Icon Park event will require a ticket for entry. Prices start at $28 per person.
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