The Fourth of July or Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence (from the colonial rule of Great Britain) on July 4, 1776.
Many Americans will fly the American flag outside their homes to commemorate Independence Day and it is one of the busiest times of year at the theme parks; many of them have extended opening hours.
No matter where you are in Florida, you will find local Independence Day celebrations both by day and at night
Main Theme Parks
Most of the main central Florida theme parks celebrate July 4th with special shows usually including fireworks. The main exception is Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
At the Magic Kingdom, the “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” is performed on both July 3 and 4 above Cinderella Castle. It is one of the best fireworks displays you will ever see.
Epcot has their “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” laser and fireworks display.
At Universal Studios, the “Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories™” is performed every night.
At SeaWorld, the new “Electric Ocean” killer whale show is followed by a fireworks display, best viewed from the Bayside Stadium.
Busch Gardens host “Summer Nights” and have an extended fireworks display plus live music from the Actual Bank Robbers and a Summer Nights Dance Challenge.
Legoland Florida host their “Legoland Night Lights” on select nights from mid June to the end of July including a spectacular fireworks display at Pirates’ Cove. Special 3D glasses turn the fireworks into Lego bricks.
Celebrations take place both on the North East coast and the Panhandle:
- St. Augustine
- Mexico Beach
- Port St. Joe
- Weeki Wachee Springs
Throughout the whole of Central Florida you will find 4th of July celebrations including:
- St. Cloud
- A special Independence Day Carillon Concert at Bok Tower
- Downtown Mount Dora
- Winter Park
- Silver Springs
- Tampa by the Florida Aquarium
- St. Petersburg
- Sanibel Island
- Daytona Beach
- Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
There are typically lots of celebrations in the Miami area including:
- Delray Beach
- South Miami
- Miami Beach
- Bayfront Park
- Key Biscayne
- Blackwater Sound in the Keys
- Key West at White Street Pier