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Celebrate Independence Day 2021 with Orlando’s theme parks and attractions

by Attractions Magazine Staff

If you haven’t decided how you’ll spend your Fourth of July this year, we are here to help! Check out our full roundup of all the Independence Day happenings at Orlando’s major theme parks and attractions.

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Walt Disney World Resort

While the annual Fourth of July fireworks will not make a return to Walt Disney World just yet, guests will be able to see fireworks once again when they return to Magic Kingdom and Epcot starting July 1. Magic Kingdom will host performances of “Happily Ever After,” while “Epcot Forever” will return to Epcot before the debut of “Harmonious” later this fall.

Universal Orlando Resort

Fourth of July will also be missing a dedicated spectacle at Universal Orlando, but guests can catch Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration nightly. At this time, the nighttime spectacular features a new pre-show celebrating the Olympics.

SeaWorld Orlando

Celebrate the Fourth of July with three nights of fireworks at SeaWorld Orlando, starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3, followed by 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 (weather permitting).

All nights will feature the fireworks spectacular “Ignite” followed by a patriotic fireworks finale at 11:30 p.m. that can be viewed from all around the park’s central lagoon. Guests can also enjoy extended hours at Club Sea Glow until 11:30 p.m.

Reservations must be made in advance in addition to having valid theme park admission in order to visit.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will celebrate Independence Day with a three-day celebration, happening Friday, July 2 through Sunday, July 4.

At 9:15 p.m. each night, guests can enjoy “Spark! A Nighttime Spectacular,” complete with an extended patriotic encore. Before the fireworks, guests can enjoy the park’s Summer Nights offerings like “Cirque Electric” at the Stanleyville Theater, “Turn It Up!” at the Moroccan Palace Theater, or dance to the beat in DJ party zones throughout the park.

Legoland Florida Resort

Legoland Florida will get in on the fun with the return of Red, White & BOOM, happening on July 3-4 as part of their Awe-Summer lineup of events.

A fireworks display will light up the night over Lake Eloise at 9 p.m. on event nights, with viewing areas offering limited seating available. Guests are encouraged to grab their seats prior to 8:30 p.m., as a high volume of guests is expected. As a safety precaution, select attractions will be closed early prior to the fireworks.

Fun Spot America

Fun Spot America’s parks in Orlando and Kissimmee will celebrate the holiday with HUGE fireworks on July 3!

At the Orlando park, fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. on July 3. The Kissimmee park will team up with neighboring Old Town to celebrate the holiday, with festivities kicking off at 2 p.m. and fireworks beginning at 9 p.m.

Lake Eola

Join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for the 44th annual Fireworks at the Fountain on Sunday, July 4 at Lake Eola Park. From 5-10 p.m., visitors can enjoy live entertainment, food and beverages, and more before the sky lights up with fireworks at 9:15 p.m., all set to a performance by the Orlando Concert Band.

Winter Park

Winter Park will host its 26th annual 4th of July Celebration on Monday, July 5 from 9 a.m. to noon in Central Park.

This year’s event has been modified for safe social distancing, and masks are encouraged though no longer mandated by the state. Free and open to the public, attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs as they enjoy the festivities.

Event offerings include live musical performances, carnival midway games, free snacks, and more. In addition, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will offer free admission to its galleries from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


What are your plans for Independence Day this year? Will you be heading to the parks to catch any of the Fourth of July fireworks? Let us know down in the comments.

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