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Spectacular Ways to Celebrate at Disney World for Fourth of July

Fourth of July at Disney World - PinterestU-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 at Disney World for the Fourth of July (even when it's not the holiday).

If you're going to be at Disney World on the 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, know that there are always special celebrations and fireworks at Disney World to mark the occasion. The special fireworks at Magic Kingdom really go to the next level with extra perimeter fireworks for a patriotic display. And of course, enjoy specialty red, white and blue treats to celebrate the occasion.

We think there's no better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Disney World. Here are all of the special offerings available for your frog family to enjoy!

Spectacular Ways to Celebrate Fourth of July at Disney World

Magic Kingdom

When you think of the Fourth of July, you, of course, think of fireworks. Well, no one does fireworks better than Disney! 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, 2023. The performance will go off at 9:20 p.m. each night, and will be in place of "Happily Ever After." The perimeter fireworks are really something else — at one point you are surrounded by fireworks. And the great thing is, you have two days to see it, which helps with distributing crowds, as well.

Get ready to get shake your groove thang!  You can celebrate America by dancing the night away in Tomorrowland and Frontierland, which will have live DJs playing hoppin' tunes.

Be sure to arrive early to Magic Kingdom this July 4! The U.S. Air Force will take to the skies and fly over Cinderella Castle! The frogtastic flyover will take place at 10:30 a.m. and will include a KC-135 “Stratotanker” and multiple F-35 Lightning II aircrafts. We suggest standing in front of the Main Street train station for the best views.

EPCOT

Fourth of July at Disney World — EPCOT Forever

Over at EPCOT, you can celebrate with the "EPCOT Forever" fireworks. This fun nighttime spectacular will be held at 9 p.m. around the World Showcase Lagoon. Typically following the regular fireworks on July 4, there is a one-night-only presentation of "Heartbeat of Freedom."

Throughout the day, be sure to visit The American Adventure Pavilion as a perfect way to celebrate our nation's history. Sometimes characters will meet in special outfits for the occasion.

One of our Fourth of July Disney World traditions includes hearing the Voices of Liberty a cappella group. To be fair, seeing this group is a tradition every time our webbed feet step into EPCOT. They perform throughout the day in the American Adventure rotunda.

July 5 is also the last day of the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, so be sure to get your festival favorites before they're gone (Frozen Violet Lemonade, anyone?).

Resort Hotels

Many of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels will offer special activities for the Fourth of July weekend. From specialty food and drink to themed pool activities, there will be plenty of chances to celebrate Independence Day! Channel Captain America with some Marvel trivia or head to New Orleans with "Princess and the Frog" (our favorite Movie Under the Stars, of course). Be sure to check with your specific resort on any special offerings. Fireworks viewing at specific resorts may be restricted to resort guests only.

Specialty Food and Drink

Disney World Fourth of July – WDW Fourth of July Treats

As for any holiday, you can find special red, white and blue-themed treats around Disney World Resort, including at the theme parks, hotels and Disney Springs. From the Star-Spangled Cupcake at the resorts to the Liege Waffle at Connections Eatery, we want to try them all!

EPCOT

Connections Cafe (available July 4 only)

  • Fourth of July Liege Waffle: brioche dough with pearl sugar

Fife & Drum (currently available) 

  • The American Dream: Frozen Fanta Wild Cherry, vanilla ice cream and frozen Fanta Blue Raspberry slushy

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue (currently available; mobile also order available) 

  • Celebrate America with classic barbecue dishes (plant-based items available) 

Sunshine Seasons (available July 1 – 31) 

  • Fourth of July Shake: red velvet shake with whipped cream and red velvet cake pieces

Disney World Fourth of July – Red Velvet Fourth of July Shake

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Backlot Express (available July 1 – 31)

  • Mickey Apple Pie Cupcake: yellow cupcake filled with an apple pie filling, topped with salted caramel buttercream and cinnamon streusel, garnished with rainbow silver sparkle and red, white and blue Mickey ears

Woody’s Lunchbox (available July 1 – 31) 

  • 4th of July Lunch Box Tart: cherry pie filling, vanilla fondant and star sprinkles

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort & Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort 

Intermission Food Court, World Premiere Food Court & End Zone Food Court (available  through August 31; mobile order available) 

  • Sweet Summertime Favorites: hot dog éclair with chocolate buttercream, iced sugar cookie "fries" and raspberry dipping sauce

Disney’s BoardWalk 

BoardWalk Deli & Carousel Coffee (available June 27 – July 4)

  • Independence Day Cupcake: cinnamon cupcake, apple pie filling and vanilla mascarpone cream
  • Freedom Cheesecake: red velvet brownie base, vanilla cheesecake, sweet cream, crisp pearls and white chocolate garnish

Disney’s Contemporary Resort 

Contempo Café (available July 1 – 8; mobile order available) 

  • Fourth of July Fruit Tart: blackberry custard topped with fresh berries and a vanilla panna cotta popsicle

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

Centertown Market and Spyglass Grill (available July 1 – 31; mobile order available) 

  • Star-spangled Brownie Bar: graham cracker crust and chocolate chip fudge brownie topped with a brown butter caramel mousse, popping candy and chocolate décor

Disney’s Old Key West Resort & Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa 

Good’s Food to Go & The Artist’s Palette (available June 27 – July 4; mobile order available at The Artist’s Palette) 

  • Fourth of July Layer Cake: layers of red velvet cake with white and blue buttercream filled with a patriotic sprinkle surprise

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter & Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside 

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, Riverside Mill Food Court (available July 1 – 31; mobile order available) 

  • Star-spangled Brownie Bar: graham cracker crust and chocolate chip fudge brownie topped with a brown butter caramel mousse, popping candy and chocolate décor

Disney’s Riviera Resort 

Bar Riva (available June 30 – July 14) 

  • Patriotic Wave: the Mediterranean Wave with the addition of blue curaçao and hibiscus to celebrate both Independence Day and Bastille Day

Le Petit Café (available June 27 – July 4) 

  • (New) Patriotic Top Hat: vanilla bean cheesecake with morello cherries on a Riviera brownie

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 

Roaring Fork (available June 27 – July 4; mobile order available) 

  • Lemon Mousse Cake: lemon cake and white chocolate lemon mousse with a blueberry compote center and chocolate star décor

Available at Various Disney Resort Hotels (available June 30 – July 9) 

  • Red, White and Blue Colada: Bacardi Raspberry Rum blended with flavors of coconut, pineapple and raspberry purée topped with a float of Bols Blue Curaçao
  • (New) Red, White and Blue Gin and Tonic: Empress 1908 Gin, tonic water and cranberry and pomegranate juices

No matter where you are celebrating the Fourth of July, we hope it's a ribbeting day for you and your loved ones!

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? We've got a ton of helpful information — including an interactive trip-planning timeline! — inside our Orlando vacation planning guide.

Related: Complete Guide to Disney World Events

Related: Hoppin' Tips for Visiting Disney World in the Summer

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jun 15, 2023 at 5:18 a.m. Sayoneria Says...

This is always a number 1 spot for a vacation. Disney is put at the top of our list every year.

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Jun 26, 2022 at 10:01 p.m. Tori Says...

We’re finally going for July 4th this year cannot wait!!

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Jun 27, 2022 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Wooo! We hope you have a frogtastic Fourth of July, Tori!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2021 at 12:01 p.m. Angelica Salandy Says...

Our family can’t wait for our first trip out there this July

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May 26, 2021 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Have so much fun, Angelica! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 1, 2019 at 10:33 p.m. Eileen Says...

Wish I could be there!

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