CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating the 4th of July 2016 in Central Florida

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.

Most of the events are on July 4 itself, but the list goes from July 2 to July 4, in case you want to extend your holiday celebrations. Here are our picks for where to celebrate 2016’s Fourth of July holiday, in the Central Florida area, from Atlantic Coast to Gulf Coast:

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Out and About: Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Holds 4th of July Party All Weekend

One of the nice things about living in Orlando is there are so many ways to enjoy holidays like the 4th of July. But did you know some of the Disney resorts also participate?

Disney's Port Orleans - Riverside - 4th of July shirt

Out at Downtown Disney to see movies on July 3, my friend and I decided to take the water shuttle over to Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside resort and got there just as they were setting up for a 4th of July celebration in the lobby courtyard.

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Walt Disney World to Live Stream 4th of July Fireworks from Magic Kingdom

Can’t make it out to the Magic Kingdom to see their awesome 4th of July fireworks…or just don’t want to brave the crowds? Not to worry – Walt Disney World will be live streaming them for you to watch at home.

Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert In The Sky

Starting at 9pm EDT, “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert In The Sky” will paint the sky red, white, and blue with fireworks as patriotic music fills the air. This special show features perimeter fireworks launched from around Magic Kingdom Park and an island in Seven Seas Lagoon.

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Celebrate the Fourth of Jul-Eye With $4 Kids Rides and More at The Orlando Eye

The Orlando Eye and I-Drive 360 are hosting their first annual Independence Day celebration with special free events on the courtyard of the new dining and entertainment complex July 3-5, 2015.

The Orlando Eye

Starting at 10am each day , enjoy live entertainment and family-friendly activities throughout the courtyard. Then at 9pm each evening, enjoy a 20-minute patriotic lighting show on The Orlando Eye, where more than 64,000 LEDs will be illuminated in red, white and blue.

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Winn-Dixie to Donate 4th of July Profits to The Wounded Warrior Project

If you need to shop for groceries this weekend, you’ll want to do it at Winn-Dixie on July 4, when the retailer is donating all profits from the day’s sales to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Winn-Dixie to Donate 4th of July Profits to The Wounded Warrior Project

That’s right…every cent of every dollar of profit Winn-Dixie makes this 4th of July, will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project to help support the Independence Program, which helps our most severely wounded service members find independence.

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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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CitySurfing Orlando’s Guide for Where to Celebrate Fourth of July in Central Florida

Fireworks at the Fountain - Lake Eola

Looking for someplace to celebrate the 4th of July in Central Florida? Try one of these events, many of which are free:

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2011 Fourth of July Celebrations Around Orlando

Travelocity recently named Orlando as the #1 destination for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. If you’re going to be in town, here’s a list of some of the celebrations happening.

Altamonte Springs:

  • Red, Hot and Boom takes place Sunday, July 3, at Crane’s Roost Park. This annual fireworks show is enhanced by an all-day concert presented by WXXL-fm radio. This year’s musical line-up includes Paper Tongues, Mat Kearney, Shontelle, Cody Simpson, Hot Chelle Rae and All Star Weekend. The concert starts at 4pm and the fireworks at 9:30pm, but if you want a place to sit anywhere, you’d best get there in the early am because this free show is usually attended by over 100,000 people.

Celebration:

  • The city starts with a Fourth of July parade at 9am. The festivities resume at 5pm with Celebration Town Center’s “A Flashback 4th of July,” an 80’s-themed event featuring music from that decade played by Kattyshack and a live DJ, headlined at 8:30pm by A Flock of Seagulls. Fireworks are at 9:30pm, and the whole event is hosted by actor Justin Smith (“Vampire Diaries”; Meet the Spartans). It’s free to attend.

Downtown Orlando:

  • The City of Orlando is hosting the annual Fireworks at the Fountain from 4pm to 10pm on July 4. There will be food, live entertainment and fun for the whole family, around Lake Eola Park, culminating with fireworks at 9:30pm.

SeaWorld:

  • A special performance of the “Reflections” show featuring expanded fireworks set to patriotic music will start after dusk. Free with park admission.

St. Cloud:

  • The Fourth of July celebrations will start with a sunrise hot air balloon launch at the lakefront. It will resume at noon with live entertainment, games, kids events and more. The city of St. Cloud will then launch fireworks over the lake at 9:30pm, for this day-long free event.

Universal Studios:

  • On July 4, the Studios side of Universal Orlando will present the Universal360 show, starting at 9pm at the lagoon. Margaritaville’s Blue Stone Circle will also be performing from 5pm on at the Music Plaza Stage inside the park. Free with park admission.

Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom:

  • The park will present a special showing of “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks at 9pm on July 3 and July 4. Free with park admission.

Walt Disney World – Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • DHS presents “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” with fireworks and a special light show set to live music performed by Mulch, Sweat, and Shears, starting at 9:45pm on July 4. Free with park admission.

Walt Disney World – Epcot:

  • The park’s regular “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” laser light and fireworks show will be extended with “The Heartbeat of Freedom,” a special overture of traditional Americana themes, July 4, starting at 10pm. Free with park admission.
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