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10 Fun 4th of July Events in Orlando (Independence Day)

Is there a better place to celebrate Independence Day than the amusement capital of America? Of course, we are talking about Orlando in sunny Florida.

Orlando is one of the most popular destinations to visit in the USA, along with New York City and Los Angeles. It’s official nickname is “The City Beautiful,” it is also known as “O-Town.”

As you know Orlando is famous for its theme parks, but did you know that its first theme park was Gatorland, which opened in 1949. Its main attraction was a 15-foot gator which was said to be the biggest in the world. Unfortunately, it doesn’t feature on this list. But if you have free time it’s worth a visit.

How and where can you celebrate the introduction of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, in Orlando? Keep reading to find out. But if Orlando, isn’t your “thing” scroll down to the bottom as we have some exciting alternatives for you.

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Happy 4th of July

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How can you celebrate Independence Day 2019, in Orlando?

1) Hollywood Studies, Walt Disney World

Hollywood Studios will once again play host to the night time show Fantasmic at 9:00PM. While it is worth a watch, it is not exclusive to Independence Day. This special performance is inspired by the Disney movie Fantasia and it displays a battle between the good and bad of the most popular Disney animations.

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2) Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando

Are you a Disney Vacation Club Member? Or do you know someone who is? You could celebrate Independence Day from the Top of the World Lounge in the Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Tickets are $99/person and include an epic sky-high view of the nearby fireworks and a buffet of small bites and desserts.  The event takes place at 19:30–21:30PM

PreParture App address: 4600 North World Dr., Orlando, FL 32830

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3) Universal Studios at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios will be celebrating America during a special 3-day event from July 4th to 6th. The festivities will take place each day, from 5pm until 10pm. Access is available to everyone with a standard park ticket, or park to park ticket. Celebrations include live music in Music Plaza, from 5pm until the pyrotechnic show at 9:00PM, followed by Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration at 9:45PM in Central Park.

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If you are travelling with kids these posts are a must read: How to Entertain your Kids at the Airport and Epic Travel Games to Prevent Boredom on Long Journey’s

4) SeaWorld Orlando

4th of July at SeaWorld Orlando will be different to many other days of the year. The fireworks of Sea World are included in the park ticket, alternatively you can purchase a $60/person ticket which includes the Electric Ocean Show and reserved seat for the fantastic firework display afterwards.

PreParture App address: 7007 Sea Harbor Dr, Orlando 32821

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5) Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Disney’s Magic Kingdom, will be holding the annual “Disney Celebrates America” Fourth of July Concert at 9:15PM. Expect beautiful colours, lights and epic pyrotechnics.

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6) Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

Hollywood Studios is celebrating the global success of the famous George Lucas franchise with Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. This 15-minute extravaganza starts at 9:30PM and is filled with lights, lasers and includes the best scenes and moments of the Star Wars universe. It’s an unmissable eve for every Jedi in training!

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7) EPCOT, Walt Disney World

You MUST schedule a visit to Epcot’s current night-time spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, as it will be closed at the end of the summer. Then it will be gone forever. However, it doesn’t have to be on July 4th.

PreParture App address: 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando 32821

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8) Typhoon Lagoon, Walt Disney World

Typhoon Lagoon at Disney have an epic evening event available on selected nights until August 24th. Get your swimsuit out and enjoy the water fun at their H2O Glow Nights, $59/person.

PreParture App address: 1145 East Buena Vista Boulevard, Orlando 32830

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9) ICON Park, International Drive

ICON Park, International Drive, will be hosting Light Up I-Drive, from 4PM until 10PM. The festivities will include a pyrotechnic light show, celebratory food and drink, live entertainment, fun lawn games and of course incredible views on the 400-foot high experience The Wheel. The fun will continue on July 5th, from 4PM until midnight.

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10) Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Finally, if you choose to visit Animal Kingdom for 4th of July you can enjoy a water show, Rivers of Light: We Are One, which starts at 9:00pm. Arrive in advance for the best seats.

PreParture App address: Conservation Way, Bay Lake 32830

Travelling to Orlando may include a long flight, depending on where you live. We have a 
helpful post for you, check it out before you depart, How to Survive a Long-Haul Flight.

4th of July Alternatives to Orlando

If Orlando isn’t your “thing” check these other celebrations happening across the USA:

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