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Watch Fourth of July Nighttime Spectaculars at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 2nd, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

How will you celebrate the Fourth of July this year?
Celebrating the Fourth of July with Fireworks over Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park

If you’re heading to Walt Disney World Resort, there will be plenty of options for family fun, including fireworks spectaculars at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot, and a rockin’ new celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Here’s a roundup of what you can expect:

  • Magic Kingdom Park – “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will blast off at 9 p.m. July 3-4. For more patriotic fun, watch the daily 5 p.m. flag retreat in Town Square, which features a special guest veteran each day, or stop into the Hall of Presidents to learn about the history of the U.S.A.
  • Epcot – This year’s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” will again be enhanced with “The Heartbeat of Freedom,” an overture of pyrotechnics and lasers. The show begins at 10 p.m. For an earlier celebration, head to the American Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase to catch Voices of Liberty performances, or meet-and-greet opportunities with Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and Disney characters in patriotic dress.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – This year, Fourth of July fireworks will take on a different spin with the “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration.” The rock music of Mulch, Sweat, and Shears will kick off the celebration, which will include fireworks, lighting and special effects. Showtime on July 4 is 9:45 p.m.

Theme park hours for July 4 (subject to change without notice) are: Magic Kingdom Park, 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Epcot, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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Shelly on July 2nd, 2012 at 10:28 am

we will be there both nights…..not sure where we will watch this year. Last year we watched from the train station upper level platform. Any other good suggestions? I know it will be crazy crowded, but it is simply too spectacular to be missed! :)


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on July 3rd, 2012 at 9:28 am

That sounds like an ideal place, Shelly.


Katie from WI on July 2nd, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I’ll be watching the MK’s from the distance on the 3rd, but I’ll be in the Studios on the 4th! We’re getting the “Picnic Burger” from Sci-Fi to celebrate with :)


Robert from NC on July 2nd, 2012 at 8:22 pm

We were fortunate to attend the Magic Kingdom’s July 4th fireworks last year. Main Street U.S.A. was so crowded that the cast members opened up a special backstage area that bypassed Main Street and led straight to Tomorrowland. We were allowed to watch the fireworks in it’s entirety backstage where we had room to enjoy the patriotic performance.


Lynn from NC on July 3rd, 2012 at 9:01 am

We will be going to see some local fireworks here in NC.



Jennifer Fickley-Baker on July 3rd, 2012 at 9:27 am

Happy Fourth to you, too!


Shelly on July 3rd, 2012 at 9:04 am

Hey Jennifer,
If we watch from the beach at the Poly, can we hear the voice over? Trying to decide where to camp out tonight! TIA! SHelly


Gabrielle on July 3rd, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Can you hear the music from the Poly? I was thinking of going there to watch them.


Tina from TX on July 5th, 2012 at 11:02 am

The fireworks at the Magic Kingdom are Magical no matter the day or event. Wish I was there to enjoy them.