A note from Mommy Frog: We are hoppy to announce that Walt Disney World Resort's theme parks will reopen July 11! Sadly, that means the parks will be closed on July 4, 2020. The following information is based on previous years' best advice for visiting Disney World on the Fourth of July. Due to COVID-19, this year will be a little out of the ordinary ... and that means no in-park Fourth of July festivities this year. But don't fret! You can watch the 2019 fireworks on our YouTube channel for a virtual, at-home celebration to go with your BBQ. If you'd like to know more about the health and safety measures in place at the parks, hop here for all of the details. Ribbit!
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 Fourth of July at Disney World (even when it's not the holiday).
If you're going to be at Disney World on 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.
Spectacular Ways to Celebrate Fourth 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. If you can't join in person, Disney will be live streaming the show July 4 on Disney Parks Blog. Happily Ever After, the nighttime spectacular featuring Disney characters projected onto Cinderella Castle, generally does not follow the spectacular, but you can catch it the days before and after. You can also join special DJ dance parties in Frontierland and Tomorrowland.
If you cannot be at Disney World for the Fourth of July, you can tap into your patriotic spirit by watching Tad's video of "Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky" on our YouTube channel.
Snap a patriotic selfie with one of your Disney pals who will be dressed up in their best "Spirit of '76" attire throughout the day at the American Adventure pavilion. Keep an eye out for special holiday treats and drinks, including red, white and blue sangria and Boom Berry Lemonade.
One of our Fourth of July Disney World traditions 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 usually hold performances at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the rotunda inside The American Adventure on 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.
In 2021, you can expect a new nightly fireworks show, "HarmonioUS." "The Heartbeat of Freedom" fireworks begin immediately following the 9 p.m. show.
Baseball. Apple Pie. Luke Skywalker. It is useless to resist. "Star Wars" is one of the greatest contributions 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 9:30 p.m.
While it won't focus on the stars and stripes, Rivers of Light: We Are One is another way to get your fireworks fix on the Fourth. The show celebrates a connection between mankind and nature, featuring footage from Disneynature and classic moments from animal-inspired Disney animated films, including "The Lion King." This spectacle has two showings nightly at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
No matter where you are celebrating the Fourth of July, we hope it's a ribbeting day for you and your loved ones!
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