Walt Disney World plans huge festivities for 4th of July weekend

Walt Disney World plans huge festivities for 4th of July weekend

Memorial Day is already in the rear view mirror and the 4th of July is quickly approaching. With Summer in full swing, there’s plenty to do at many of the nation’s theme parks this upcoming 4th of July weekend. Walt Disney World has planned a huge line up for guests who will be visiting their theme parks.

Fireworks light up the sky and illuminated image projections create a patriotic exterior on Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Spectacular fireworks displays with brilliant bursts of light coloring the night sky above the theme parks have been a Walt Disney World Resort entertainment specialty for decades. The July 4th fireworks typically are one of the most elaborate nighttime spectacles ever seen at a Disney theme park.  (David Roark, photographer)

Walt Disney World will offer plenty for visitors to see and do on July 1st and 2nd, with the Independence Day festivities kicking off on Friday, July 3rd and continuing into Saturday.

Magic Kingdom

Friday, July 3rd

  • Park hours: 8am – 1am
  • 9pm: Disney’s Celebrate America!: A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks
  • 12pm, 3pm: Disney’s Festival of the Fantasy Parade
  • 10:15pm, 12:15am: Main Street Electrical Parade
  • 11pm, 11:50pm: Celebrate the Magic
  • 5pm: Flag Retreat

Saturday, July 4th

  • Park hours: 8am – 1am
  • 9pm: Disney’s Celebrate America!: A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks
  • 12pm, 3pm: Disney’s Festival of the Fantasy Parade
  • 10:15pm, 12:15am: Main Street Electrical Parade
  • 11pm, 11:50pm: Celebrate the Magic
  • 5pm: Flag Retreat

Epcot

Friday, July 3rd

  • Future World Hours: 9am – 9pm
  • World Showcase: 11am – 9pm
  • 9pm: Illuminations, featuring Heartbeat of Freedom
  • 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 5pm: American Music Machine (America Gardens Theater)

Saturday, July 4th

  • Future World Hours: 9am – 10pm
  • World Showcase: 11am – 10pm
  • 10pm: Illuminations, featuring Heartbeat of Freedom
  • 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm: Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert (American Gardens Theater Stage)
  • 5:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 9pm: Sounds Like Summer Concert Series with performance by Don’t Look Back
  • 4:15pm, 5pm: Voices of Liberty (Americana in the Rotunda)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Friday, July 3rd

  • Park hours: 8am – 10pm
  • 9pm, 10:30pm: Fantasmic!
  • 9:30pm: Frozen Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday, July 4th

  • Park hours: 9am – 12am
  • 9pm, 11pm: Fantasmic!
  • 10:15pm: Rockin’ Fourth of July

Animal Kingdom

No special festivities have been planned for the 4th of July.

Friday, July 3rd

  • Park hours: 8am – 5pm

Saturday, July 4th

  • Park hours: 8am – 5pm

Downtown Disney

No special festivities have been planned for the 4th of July. There will not be any fireworks at Downtown Disney this year.


If you are visiting Walt Disney World over the holiday weekend, expect crowds as the 4th of July is the one of the busiest holiday weekends for most theme parks. Walt Disney World is no exception to this. Plan to arrive early and spend the rest of the day at the park. Be sure to arrive early for parades and firework presentations for a spot to view them from.

More tips for visiting Walt Disney World on July 4th:

  • Dress for the heat
  • Keep hydrated and keep plenty of water
  • Apply sunscreen before heading out to the park and reapply throughout the day
  • Take breaks throughout the day as needed

For more information about Walt Disney World or to purchase tickets, visit the official website by clicking here.

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