U-S-A! U-S-A! The Fourth of July is a frog family favorite. Around our frog pond, we put up an American flag, break out the hot dogs (mustard, no ketchup) and are treated to Leap's backyard fireworks display (all of which are purchased and shot legally of course). As fine as Leap's Fourth of July fireworks display is, it's simply not as dazzling as the festivities on the 4th of July at Disney World (even when it's not the holiday).
If you're going to be at Disney World this Fourth of July — LUCKY YOU! — there will be tons of ways to celebrate America's independence. If you're planning a trip around the Fourth of July next year, know that there are always special celebrations and fireworks at Disney World to mark the occasion.
Spectacular Ways to Celebrate 4th of July at Disney World
Magic Kingdom celebrates the stars and stripes with "Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky" on July 3 and July 4. This 14-minute fireworks show set to a concert band-style musical score that includes patriotic tunes takes place at 9:15 p.m. Happily Ever After, the show featuring Disney characters projected onto Cinderella Castle, is currently not scheduled afterwards, but you can catch it the days before and after. You can also join special DJ dancer parties in Frontierland and Tomorrowland.
As for other events, it's your patriotic duty to attend the flag retreat ceremony held daily at 5 p.m. in Main Street U.S.A. It's also your patriotic duty to attend The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History. All of your favorite Muppets reenact famous moments in American history in a whimsical way. The live show is performed daily in Liberty Square.
Snap a patriotic selfie with one of your Disney pals who will be dressed up in their best patriotic duds throughout the afternoon at the American Adventure Pavillion.
One of our Fourth of July Disney World tradition includes hearing the Voices of Liberty a cappella group. To be fair, seeing is this group is a tradition every time our webbed feet step into Epcot. These AMAZING performers will hold regular performances at 12:20 p.m., 1:05 p.m., 1:50 p.m., 2:35 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 4:05 p.m.and 4:45 p.m. July 4. But at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. they will have special performances at the America Gardens Theatre. You will also be able to meet Mickey and the gang in their patriotic best outside The American Adventure.
Close out your day with a viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at 9 p.m., which will feature a special all-American grand finale!
Baseball. Apple Pie. Luke Skywalker. It is useless to resist. Star Wars is the single greatest contribution to American pop culture since Mickey himself. Celebrate this accomplishment by seeing Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This one-of-a-kind show takes to the sky at 10 p.m.
It's simply un-American to overlook Disney World's newest nighttime show. Rivers of Light celebrates a connection with nature through light, water and fire. This spectacle has two showings nightly, 9:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
Get your run in before the official holiday festivities. You can take part in the Fourth of July 5K Run on July 3 at Ft. Wilderness. Pre-registration is June 24039 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn. You can also register on-site the day of at 7 a.m. next to Mickey's Backyard BBQ. The run starts there at 7:30 a.m.!
No matter where you are celebrating the Fourth of July, we hope it's with your family and loved ones!
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