With no less than 17 different fireworks displays to marvel at on Independence Day, there's no shortage of places to take in the crackling skies on the 4th of July.
Despite actually taking place on July 3rd, Independence Eve, Red Hot & Boom still reigns supreme as the most popular fireworks display in Orlando. Live bands provide the entertainment in the lead up to the big finale, which kicks off around 9:30 pm and lasts for an epic 25 minutes!
One of Orlando's biggest and best displays happens downtown at Lake Eola Fountain in Eola Park. The fireworks get going a little after 9 pm, but the party atmosphere sizzles long before the colorful finale — an excellent choice for hitting the bars and restaurants of the city center. And all of the over 100,000 spectators who flock here each year find plenty of space.
Orlando has become synonymous with its majestic theme parks. And the fireworks at Disney World, set off in the Magic Kingdom, are a spectacular sight for the whole family. Embellishing its main celebration, Epcot Center adds an Independence Day touch to its illuminations, which start at 10 pm.
Orlando vacation rentals for 4th of July offer plenty of opportunities for the whole family to join in the Independence Day fun. Along with the numerous events held at the fabled Orlando theme parks, excellent and less costly alternatives include fun runs and traditional festivals.
Over the holidays, Legoland extends its opening hours for families to revel in all the usual rides and attractions for the duration of the 4th of July celebrations. It also hosts special Independence Day events, including a fireworks display over Lake Elo and patriotic shows that depict history in a child-friendly manner.
On the morning of July 4th, an annual festival commences in the centrally located Winter Park. Highlights of the event include: horse-drawn wagon rides, a brass band, and a choir. A number of additional stalls and games keep the kids busy, with plenty to entertain the adults too.
Start your Independence Day celebration with a brisk 5k run along Orlando's Park Avenue. The event begins at 7 am, with a melon eating contest at the end of the race. Non-competitors join in the festive atmosphere at the finish line and cheer on the runners.
Independence Day comes once a year, a rare chance to let loose with family and friends over food and fireworks. Hot dogs and hamburgers are the quintessential 4th of July food, and Orlando is bursting with places to enjoy these American classics. Orlando hotels for 4th of July put you in the center of the sparkles and joy.
Head down to American Q for succulent burgers and hot dogs from the buffet as well as delectable treats, such as sweet potato salad and roasted Florida sweet corn. Wash it all down with their classic Mt. Laurel cocktail, made with Jack Daniels, lemon and grapefruit juice, ginger syrup, and orange peel.
Famed for their all-American classics, Rivers opens an incredible sweet shop on Independence Day, selling delights such as blueberry pie and strawberry shortcake. To celebrate before the big day, delve into their holiday menu in the weeks leading up to July 4th.
Orlando's emphasis on outdoor culture means that places to fire up your very own BBQ await you all over town. Located in the city center, Wadeview Park and Cypress Grove Park both have plenty of picnic tables and grills for public use. Bring a cooler for drinks and cook up your very own family feast.