CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating the 4th of July in Central Florida

There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July here in Orlando, from theme park events to city-sponsored events, and everything in between.

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebrating the 4th of July in Central Florida

Most of the events are on July 4 itself, but the list goes from July 2 to July 5, in case you want to extend your holiday celebrations. Here are our picks for where to celebrate 2015’s Fourth of July holiday, in the Central Florida area, from Atlantic Coast to Gulf Coast:

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JULY 2

Port Canaveral – Smoke on the Water & Fire in the Sky
Starts at 8pm with fireworks over the Harbor at The Cove at Port Canaveral. Admission is free

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JULY 3

Altamonte Springs – 20th Anniversary Red, Hot and Boom
Starts at 4pm. Hosted by WXXL, the event features live music from Priory, Ryn Weaver, Rachel Platten, Vance Joy, Andy Grammer and Shaggy, and fireworks after dark. Takes place at Cranes Roost Park (275 Cranes Roost Blvd) in Altamonte Springs. Admission is free.

Baldwin Park – 4th of July Fireworks
Starts at 5:30pm at New Broad St in Baldwin Park in Orlando. Admission is free.

Cocoa Beach – Smoke on the Water & Fire in the Sky
Starts at 8pm at Syndey Fischer Park (2426 N Atlantic Ave) in Cocoa Beach. Admission is free.

Groveland – 4th of July in Groveland
Starta at 8pm. Includes live music from Jim Gentry and The Groove, a Taste of Groveland, and a vintage car show. Located at Lake David Park (450 S. Lake Ave) in Groveland. Admission is free.

LEGOLAND Florida – Red, Brick & Boom
Starts at 8pm. Includes a 3-D fireworks display. Included with admission to LEGOLAND Florida.

Mount Dora – Freedom on the Waterfront
Starts at 5pm. Includes live music, fireworks, and more at Elizabeth Evans Park (100 S. Donnelly St) in Mount Dora. Admission is free.

Orlando – Celebrate the 4th of Jul-EYE at The Orlando Eye
Starts 10am. All weekend long they’ll have live and DJ music, artists, performers, face painters, a pie eating contest and more. After dark, The Orlando Eye decks itself in red, white, and blue with a special Dancing Waters tribute show in the fountain. Takes place at The Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360. Free to attend, fee for rides and attractions.

Palm Bay – Palm Bay Independence Celebration
Starts at 8pm. Fireworks start at 9:15pm at Eastern Florida State College – Palm Bay Campus (250 Community College Pkwy) in Palm Bay. Admission is free.

Walt Disney World – Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky at Magic Kingdom
Starts at 9pm. Fireworks set to patriotic music. Included with admission to Magic Kingdom.

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JULY 4

Auberndale – 4th of July Celebration
Starts at 10am. Includes music, food, fireworks. Takes place at Lake Ariana Park (119 W. Park St) in Auburndale. Admission is free.

Avalon Park – 4th of July Celebration
Starts at 5pm. Includes apple pie bake-off, bounce park, bike parade, fireworks, and more at 13001 Founder’s Square Drive in Orlando. Admission is free.

Celebration – A Sci-Fi 4th of July
Starts at 5pm. Includes a science-fiction themed costume contest, live music, fireworks, and more at Celebration Town Center (610 Sycamore St) in Celebration. Admission is free.

Clermont – 4th of July red, White & Boom
Starts at 6pm. Includes live music, fireworks, and food at Waterfront Park (330 Third St) in Clermont. Admission is free.

Cocoa Village – Smoke on the Water & Fire in the Sky
Starts at 5pm. Fireworks will be over the river following the concert by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, at Riverfront Park (401 Riveredge Blvd) in Cocoa Village. Admission is free.

Daytona Beach – Star-Spangled Concert Series
Starts at 7pm. Includes live music from The Alter Eagles and fireworks after dark, at the Daytona Beach Bandshell (70 Boardwalk) in Daytona Beach. Admission is free.

DeLand – City of DeLand Firecracker Festival
Starts at 5pm. Includes live music and fireworks after dark at Earl Brown Park (751 S. Alabama Ave) in DeLand. Admission is free.

Eustis – July 4th Hometown Celebration
Starts at noon with fireworks at night at Ferran Park on Bay St. Admission is free.

Groveland – 4th of July in Groveland
Starta at 8pm. Includes live music from Jeff Kashiwa, a Taste of Groveland, fireworks, and a vintage car show. Located at Lake David Park (450 S. Lake Ave) in Groveland. Admission is free.

Kissimmee – Monumental July 4th Celebration
Starts at 5pm. Includes live music by The Spin Doctors and Charlie Cruz, food trucks, fireworks, and more. Takes place at Kissimmee Lakefront Park (201 Lakeview Dr) in Kissimmee. Admission is free.

Lake Wales – July 4th Celebration
Starts at 7:30pm. Includes patriotic rodeo and fireworks, at Westgate River Ranch Resort (3200 River Ranch Rd) in Lake Wales. $17 for adults; $9 children.

LEGOLAND Florida – Red, Brick & Boom
Starts at 8pm. Includes a 3-D fireworks display. Included with admission to LEGOLAND Florida.

Melbourne – Fourth of July Parade
Starts at 10am in downtown Melbourne. Admission is free

Melbourne – Great American Celebration
Starts at 5:30pm. Enjoy a Brevard County Manatees, BBQ, and fireworks. Cost is $15.

Melbourne – Melbourne Fireworks Display
Starts at 9pm with fireworks after dark in downtown Melbourne. Admission is free.

New Smyrna Beach – July 4 Celebration
Starts at 10am. Includes art stroll, live music, and fireworks after dark at Riverside Park (105 S. Riverside Dr) in New Smyrna Beach. Admission is free.

Orlando – American Q at B Resort and Spa Special BBQ Buffet
Starts at 5pm. Enjoy the Flatbed Buffet featuring Smoked Prime Rib and St. Louis Ribs instead of grilling yourself for the holiday. Cost is $39.95 adults; $10 kids. Upload your best 4th of July selfie on social media with hashtags #BResort, #StayatB, and #BPatriotic, for a chance to win a complimentary dinner for two at American Q or a complimentary spa treatment at B Indulged AVEDA Spa. Visit americanq.com for full menu.

Orlando – Celebrate the 4th of Jul-EYE at The Orlando Eye
Starts 10am. All weekend long they’ll have live and DJ music, artists, performers, face painters, a pie eating contest and more. After dark, The Orlando Eye decks itself in red, white, and blue with a special Dancing Waters tribute show in the fountain. Takes place at The Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360. Free to attend, fee for rides and attractions.

Orlando – Fireworks at the Fountain
Starts at 4pm. The official City of Orlando fireworks at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. Admission is free.

Orlando – Red, White & Blues 4th of July Patio Party at Pointe Orlando
Starts at 6pm. Live music from Ben Prestage at 6pm, followed by The BB King’s Blues Club All-Star Band at 9pm. Visit pointeorlando.com for more info.

Ormond Beach – Independence Day Celebration
Starts at 6pm. Includes games, rides, live music, and fireworks after dark, at Fortunato Park (John Anderson Dr) in Ormond Beach. Admission is free.

Oviedo – City of Oviedo Independence Day Celebration
Starts at 5pm. Includes live music, carnival games, food trucks, and fireworks. Takes place at Oviedo Mall (1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd) in Oviedo. Admission is free.

Sanford – The BIG Celebration at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Starts at 10am. Includes music, games, animal encounters, and more. Admission is $14.95 adults; $12.95 seniors 60 and older; $10.95 ages 3-12. Takes place at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens (3755 NW U.S. Highway 17-92) in Sanford.

Sanford – Star Spangled Sanford
Starts at 5pm. Includes food, entertainment, and fireworks after dark. Takes place at Fort Mellon Park (E. First St) in Sanford. Admission is free.

SeaWorld Orlando – Fourth of July Celebration
Starts at 5pm Includes performance by the American Military Spouses Choir, fireworks, and more. Included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando.

St. Cloud – St. Cloud Fireworks
Starts at 3pm. Includes a veteran’s tribute by the Osceola Community Choir, a cornhole tournament, fireworks, and more at St Cloud Lakefront (Lakeshore Blvd) in St Cloud. Admission is free.

Tampa – Light Up the Sky for Fourth of July at Busch Gardens
Starts at 8pm. Enjoy the park’s thrill rides at night, a show by Kinetix, and fireworks at 9:30pm. Included with admission to Busch Gardens.

Tavares – Celebrating the American Dream
Starts at 3pm. Includes music from the Artimus Pyle Band, a Civil War re-enactment, food trucks, fireworks, and more at Tavares Pavillion on the Lake (100 E. Ruby St) in Tavares. Admission is free.

Titusville – Red, White and Boom Over North Brevard
Starts at 7pm with fireworks after dark at Sand Point Park (101 N. Washington Ave) in Titusville. Admission is free.

Universal Orlando – Independence Day at Universal Orlando
Starts at 9pm. Includes a patriotic display including fireworks during the showing of Cinesphere Spectacular on the lagoon at Universal Studios. Includes with admission to Universal Studios.

Walt Disney World – Rockin’ Fourth of July Celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Starts at 6pm. A DJ kicks things off with The Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party at 5:45. Then at 10:15pm, there will be a fireworks exhibition set to a rock’n roll road trip across America. Included with admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Walt Disney World – IllumiNations with Patriotic Finale at Epcot
Starts at 9pm. Voices of Liberty sings patriotic songs at 12:30pm, 1:45pm, and 3pm. Evening closes with special edition of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth with a patriotic finale. Included with admission to Epcot.

Walt Disney World – Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky at Magic Kingdom
Starts at 9pm. Fireworks set to patriotic music. Included with admission to Magic Kingdom.

Winter Garden – Party in the Park
Starts at 5pm. Includes live music, fireworks, and more at Newton Park (29 W. Garden Ave) in Winter Garden. Admission is free.

Winter Park – Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Starts at 9am. Includes patriotic music performed by the Bach Festival Band and Choir, horse-drawn wagon rides, fireworks, and more. Takes place at Central Park (251 Park Ave S.) in Winter Park. Admission is free.

Winter Springs – Celebration of Freedom
Starts at 5pm. Includes fireworks, kids games, the Winter Springs Got Talent competition, live music, and more. Takes place at Central Winds Park (1000 E. S.R. 434) in Winter Springs. Admission is free.

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JULY 5

LEGOLAND Florida – Red, Brick & Boom
Starts at 8pm. Includes a 3-D fireworks display. Included with admission to LEGOLAND Florida.

Orlando – Celebrate the 4th of Jul-EYE at The Orlando Eye
Starts 10am. All weekend long they’ll have live and DJ music, artists, performers, face painters, a pie eating contest and more. After dark, The Orlando Eye decks itself in red, white, and blue with a special Dancing Waters tribute show in the fountain. Takes place at The Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360. Free to attend, fee for rides and attractions.

SeaWorld Orlando – Celebrate America Concert Series
Starts at 5pm Includes performance by Lee Greenwood, and more. Included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando.

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You can also check out our events calendar for even more fun things to do this holiday weekend!

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