Disney World 4th of July Fireworks, Foodie Guide, Patriotic Attractions

Disney World 4th of July fireworks are a must see and take place two nights so guests have multiple chances to view this unique fireworks show created just to honor America and the 4th of July at Disney World!

Celebrating 4th of July at Disney World can bring crowds so read our tips so you have the best experience possible as you celebrate Disney World 4th of July weekend.

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The Disney World fireworks show “Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” is a not a miss experience! This spectacular fireworks show was created just to honor America to celebrate the 4th of July and will usually be shown both July 3rd and July 4th at 9:15PM in Magic Kingdom. Enjoy a patriotic themed music score along with a fantastic display of fireworks and castle projections with an American theme with some red, white and blue mixed in.

Disney 4th of July Fireworks Viewing Tips

Due to the projections shown on the castle, the best viewing spot for the fireworks is directly in front of the castle. Since this is the prime viewing location you can expect this spot to fill up quickly! For usual fireworks show this spot starts filling up more than an hour in advance. For the Disney World 4th of July I would keep an eye on the area in front of the castle a few hours before show time so you know when you should grab. your spot. If it were me, I would plan on saving my spot two hours in advance!

The hub in front of Cinderella's Castle offers a lot of space so if you don't get the front row viewing to the Disney World 4th of July fireworks show, you will still have a great view further back. Fireworks in Magic Kingdom are designed to be seen from the hub (the area where you can find the Walt Disney and Mickey statue- the Partners statue!) and Main Street, U.S.A. The closer you can be to the castle, the better.

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Disney World 4th of July EPCOT Fireworks

The nighttime spectacular in EPCOT Harmonious will play a special 4th of July fireworks show immediately after the performance! These fireworks, The Heartbeat of Freedom, will follow the 9PM Harmonious show on July 4th. In the past, this spectacular fireworks show featured patriotic music and a massive fireworks display!

Harmonious is a musical celebration of music from all over the world harmoniously combined with Disney music. The show features floating set pieces, LED panels, moving fountains, fireworks and lasers. This nighttime spectacular has received rave reviews and debuted for Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary.

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Disney World on 4th of July can draw crowds just like any other holiday especially since holidays equal time off work so families tend to use this time to spend it going to Disney! The good news is that summer at Disney World has become more manageable in recent years as guests seem to prioritize the more popular holidays like Halloween and Christmas. But you can still plan on regular tourist crowds attending Walt Disney World in the summer.

Some many wrongly assume Walt Disney World will be empty and think many people will be celebrating the 4th of July at home rather than at the parks. While this may be true for some locals, Walt Disney World is popular tourist destination and the 4th of July is a popular time to travel. You can expect reasonable crowds at Disney World 4th of July. Most of these crowds will begin to materialize for the fireworks shows in the evening at both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT so it's best to arrive early so you're not stuck in long lines at the entrance gates. Plan on spending the day at the parks so you can relax during the day enjoying the magic and be prepared to stake your your viewing spot when the time comes.

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American Pavilion in EPCOT

Enjoy an all American funnel cake and take in the American Adventure Show! This show features 35 audio-animatronic figures, projections on a 72-foot screen and patriotic songs as it tells the story of America with guides Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. The show features the landing of the Mayflower, Boston Tea Party, winter at Valley Forge, Declaration of Independence, Civil War and the Great Depression. Famous historical figures featured in the show include Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Jefferson, Chief Joseph and Teddy Roosevelt.

Hall of Presidents in Magic Kingdom

The Hall of Presidents features all of the US presidents in audio-animatronic form with each once moving or speaking in acknowledgement with the highlight of the show being Abraham Lincoln as he rises from his chair to give the Gettysburg Address.

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Liberty Square Riverboat in Magic Kingdom

Take a ride around the Rivers of America in this 19th century themed paddleboat.

Flag Retreat in Magic Kingdom

Each day at Walt Disney World you have the chance to view The Flag Retreat Ceremony at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. which is one of the ways that Disney honors our past and current military members. The Flag Retreat happens daily around 5PM. Guests are asked to join in the Pledge of Allegiance before the Flag Retreat begins, followed by a chorus of “God Bless America” with the crowd removing their hats and putting their hands over their hearts. Current service members and veterans are invited to come stand by the flag during the ceremony. The Color Guard lowers the flag while the National Anthem is performed. After the ceremony, the Color Guard and cast members have a short procession down Main Street, U.S.A.

An Audio-Animatronic man and dog sit in a house with the latest conveniences of the 1920s

Carousel of Progress in Magic Kingdom

This classic Walt Disney attraction follows the history of technology throughout the 20th century through a distinctive American lens. This nostalgic show is a fan favorite regardless but also is a nice nod to American history and Walt Disney himself.

Walt Disney World 4th of July Foodie GuideBerry Shortcake from Columbia Harbour House and a Red Velvet Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich from Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Magic Kingdom Park

Columbia Harbour House (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

  • Berry Shortcake: Shortcake topped with berries and whipped cream (New)

Casey’s Corner (Available July 1 through August 11; Mobile Order available)

  • Chicago-style All Beef Hot Dog: All beef hot dog, traditional “Chicago green” relish, pickles, and marinated diced tomatoes served on a potato bread bun (New)

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Available July 1 through 4)

  • Red Velvet Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich: Red velvet cookies, vanilla ice cream, and sprinkles (New)
Collage of Fourth of July treats from Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Backlot Express and Rosie’s All-American Café (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

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

ABC Commissary and The Trolley Car Café (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

  • Red, White, and Blue Raspberry Frangipane Bar: Frangipane layered with raspberry jam (New)

Woody’s Lunch Box (Mobile Order available)

  • Fourth of July Lunch Box Tart: Cherry pie filling, vanilla fondant, and star sprinkles (New) (Available July 1 through 4)
  • Lunch Box Parfait: Blue raspberry gelatin, whipped cream, strawberry gelatin, fresh strawberries, and blueberries (New) (Available July 4)
Fourth of July Liege Waffle and Red, White, & Blue Cake Pops from EPCOT

EPCOT

Connections Café (Available July 1 through 4)

  • Fourth of July Liege Waffle: Brioche dough with pearl sugar (New)

Fife & Drum (Currently available)

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

Sunshine Seasons (Available July 1 through 4)

  • Red, White, & Blue Cake Pops: Red velvet cake pops (New)
Apple Pie Éclair from Amorette’s Patisserie

Disney Springs

Amorette’s Patisserie (Available June 30 through July 4)

  • Apple Pie Éclair filled with a white chocolate cinnamon apple mousse garnished with whipped caramel white ganache, cinnamon apples, and crispy pearls (New)

The Daily Poutine (Available June 29 through July 31)

  • Cheeseburger Poutine: French fries, ground beef, cheese sauce, bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and mustard
Sparkling Strawberry drink and Stars and Stripes drink from Walt Disney World Resorts

Resorts

Available at Various Pool Bars and Lounges across the Resorts (Available July 1 through 4)

  • Sparkling Strawberry: Prosecco and strawberry puree garnished with a strawberry (New)
  • Stars and Stripes: Bacardi Raspberry Rum blended with flavors of coconut, pineapple, and raspberry puree topped with a float of blue curaçao (New)

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

World Premiere Food Court, Intermission Food Court, and End Zone Food Court (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

  • Firecracker Push Up Pop: Layers of strawberry cake and lemon buttercream with sprinkles (New)
Star-Spangled Cupcake from Landscape of Flavors and Everything POP Shopping & Dining

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Landscape of Flavors and Everything POP Shopping & Dining (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

  • Star-Spangled Cupcake: Yellow cupcake filled with watermelon basil curd with lemon buttercream and white chocolate stars (New)

Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Beach Club Market and Market at Ale & Compass (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

  • Berry Blast Trifle: Layers of strawberry mousse, blueberry compote, vanilla cake crumbles, and whipped cream (New)
Freedom Cheesecake and Independence Day Cupcake from BoardWalk Bakery

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

BoardWalk Bakery (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

  • Freedom Cheesecake: Red velvet brownie base, vanilla cheesecake, sweet cream, crisp pearls, and white chocolate garnish (New)
  • Independence Day Cupcake: Cinnamon cupcake, apple pie filling, and vanilla mascarpone cream (New)

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Centertown Market (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

  • Caribbean Sticky Ribs: Orange-chili sticky spareribs with crispy tostones and a side of creamy mango slaw (New)
  • Firecracker Brownie: Graham cracker crust and chocolate chip fudgy brownie topped with a brown butter caramel mousse, popping candy, and chocolate décor (New)

Spyglass Grill (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

  • Firecracker Brownie: Graham cracker crust and chocolate chip fudgy brownie topped with a brown butter caramel mousse, popping candy, and chocolate décor (New)
Fourth of July Fruit Tart from Contempo Café

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Contempo Café (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

  • Fourth of July Fruit Tart: Blackberry custard topped with fresh berries and a vanilla panna cotta popsicle (New)

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Gasparilla Island Grill (Mobile Order available)

  • Red, White, and Blue Cookie Sandwich: Vanilla-scented buttercream sandwiched between two gluten-free chocolate chip cookies (New) (Available July 1 through 4)
  • S’mores Marshmallow Pop: Marshmallow pop enrobed in dark chocolate with graham crumble (New) (Available July 1 through August 29)
Sweet & Spicy Ribs from Riverside Mill Food Court and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside

Riverside Mill Food Court and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory (Available July 1 through 4)

  • Sweet & Spicy Ribs: Tender pork ribs with sweet & spicy BBQ sauce, cowboy beans, corn on the cob, and coleslaw
  • Firecracker Brownie: Graham cracker crust and chocolate chip fudgy brownie topped with a brown butter caramel mousse, popping candy, and chocolate décor (New)
Fourth of July Layer Cake from Good’s Food to Go and The Artist Palette

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

Good’s Food to Go and The Artist Palette (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

  • Fourth of July Layer Cake: Layers of red velvet cake with white and blue buttercream filled with a patriotic sprinkle surprise (New)
Fourth of July Firecracker dessert and Patriotic Wave drink from Bar Riva

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Le Petit Café (Available July 1 through 4)

  • Fourth of July Firecracker: Milk chocolate mousse with morello cherries

Bar Riva (Available July 1 through 5 and July 14 through 17)  

  • Patriotic Wave: The Mediterranean Wave with the addition of blue curaçao and hibiscus
Lemon Mousse Cake from Roaring Fork

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Roaring Fork (Available July 1 through 4; Mobile Order available)

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

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