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Special Fireworks on July 4 at Walt Disney World Resort

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Fireworks Over Magic Kingdom
Get ready for a treat at Walt Disney World this Fourth of July — we’re celebrating with a unique choice of fireworks shows at several different theme parks. Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have special pyrotechnics and Epcot will be adding a patriotic “tag” to its famous “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” spectacular. Here’s the specific breakdown:

Magic Kingdom – “Celebrate America Fireworks” will fill the sky at 9 p.m. After the fireworks, guests can enjoy Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” of lights, music and magic at 10 p.m. and midnight. Park hours are 8 a.m.-1 a.m.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Special fireworks set to a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack will be presented at 9:50 p.m., providing guests with a bonus nighttime entertainment extravaganza to complement “Fantasmic!” (which will be at 9 and 10:30 p.m.). Park hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Epcot – “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” which features dazzling special effects, colorful lasers, brilliant fireworks and fiery torches all choreographed to a musical score, becomes even more dynamic on July 4 as the normal show is supplemented with a patriotic finale. The performance begins at 10 p.m. Earlier in the day, guests will be treated to the Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert – featuring an expanded cast of singers plus the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and Disney characters – at 12:30, 1:45 and 3 p.m. on the America Gardens Theatre stage. In addition, Betsy Ross will be engaging guests inside The American Adventure with storytelling, while Ben Franklin will be making appearances on the promenade near the attraction. Park hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Guests can enjoy all the regular attractions and shows on July 4 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

And of course, entertainment and park hours are subject to change without notice. So, who’s joining us this year?


  • Why doesn’t Disney air the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios fireworks live over ABC the way NBC airs Macy’s and PBS airs the Capitol’s?

  • Ahh!!! Tough choices! Epcot or Magic Kingdom?! Has anyone seen both and would like provide details on the perks or each? I’m assuming that the Magic Kingdom will be busier on the 4th?

  • Can you see the fireworks from any of the hotels? Coronado Springs in particular..

  • Denise, Disneyland is doing their big new fireworks show “Celebrate America: A 4th of July Concert In The Sky” for four (4) separate nights. It will perform nightly from July 1st through the 4th, after the regular and already excellent Magical fireworks perform. That means there will be about 25 minutes of fireworks every night for four nights to celebrate the 4th at Disneyland!

    I’m sure our lovely Disneyland hostess Heather Hust Rivera will fill us in on all the details on timing and such soon. They’ve got to somehow work that huge 25 minute firworks extravaganza in for four nights between two nightly Fantasmic! performances and three nightly World of Color shows. It’s probably giving the schedulers headaches, but if anyone can do it, Disneyland can! Woohoo! Happy Independence Day!!!

  • Is there anything that Downtown Disney does for the 4th of July??

  • My husband and I will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary at Disneyworld from July 1st to July 5th! Can’t wait! We have been to Disneyworld at Christmas time (which was BEAUTIFUL) but never on the 4th so we are really looking forward to it!

  • There is no place in Florida like Epcot to celebrate July 4th and experience fireworks! It has been a long tradition for me and even have met the same people in the same location year after year.

    I also miss the Sandy Patty version of The Star Spangled Banner – it really made an impression with the fireworks! Bring it back!

  • I have a picture from the 70s or early 80s of me and my brother with Ben Franklin at Magic Kingdom. Can’t wait to see him again!

  • Is DisneyLand doing anything special? If so when & where?

  • I don’t think the animals at AK would appreciate the fireworks!

  • Poor Animal Kingdom. It seems to be left out of all the fun.

  • Would you like to tell us about the HKDL how to celebrate the 5th anniversary , any special like show,prade or special fireworks??

  • Are any of the shows going to play “The Star Spangled Banner”?

    I remember for years Epcot would play a version sung by Sandi Patty, but have not heard it the past few times I have visited on The 4th of July?

    Please let us know if any of these show will actually include our National Anthem in the show. Thanks!

    • Hi Daniel…checking on this.

  • That is an AWESOME picture. Can I have it blown up to about 24×36 so I can hang it up on my wall?

  • My family and I are joining you, and we can hardly wait. It’ll be tough to choose which park to go to for the patriotic extras!

  • I had reservations at Coronado Springs resort to be at the parks for the 4th of July weekend but my husband made me change the reservation to the end of the year to ring in 2011 at one of the parks like we have been doing for 5 years now. I was dissapointed cause now we will miss a nice fouth of July event. : (

  • I am so excited to be sharing this celebration with my family and their families this year. I think we will be in Epcot. I have seen the July 4th fireworks at Epcot about 3 years ago and it took my breath away!

  • I will be watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks show from the Polynesian. It’s a tradition my family has done for the past 9 years. I wouldn’t do it any other way!!

  • Sounds amazing…wish I was going to be there then.

  • Ok, now I have a problem….which park to go to!!!!! Thanks!!! :)

  • @Sharon,
    I would definately go see Fantasmic! because it is just the most AMAZING show ever!! When they say there is a show at 10:30 with park closing at 10:00, correct me if I’m wrong anyone,that means that you can stay in the park to watch Fantasmic! and anyone that will not watch the show will be asked to exit the park. Anyone that watches the 10:30 showing will just be asked to exit once that showing is over. Have fun!

  • I’ll be there July 1st to 4th…I’ll be at Magic Kingdom on the 3rd, so I’ll get to see “Celebrate America Fireworks” then…Can’t Wait!!!

  • Nothing beats the 4th at EPCOT. We go every year. We love camping in the American pavilion to listen to The Voices Of Liberty all day and then watch the AMAZING fireworks show later at night.

  • I will be there. Tough choice, though, as where we should celebrate. I’ve never seen Fantasmic, but I’m confused how there is a 10:30 show yet the park closes at 10. The Magic Kingdom is sooooo enticing. I’ve seen the Epcot show several times, so I’m thinking I may want to see something new, but I LOVE that show!!! Such tough choices!

  • I can’t wait! Will the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater be the best vantage point for the Studios’ fireworks?

  • Of all the expanded offerings, the idea of “meeting” Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin are the two most exciting to me. Bringing in important figures from American history and allowing Guests to interact and speak with them provides a wonderful opportunity for both kids and adults beyond simply enjoying enhanced fireworks displays.


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