Disney World 4th of July Fireworks, Food 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 not a missable 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 9:20 PM 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.

On the 3rd and 4th of July, Magic Kingdom’s park operating hours will be 8am-midnight for July 3rd and 8am-1am for July 4th.

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

EPCOT Forever is a limited-time nighttime spectacular that celebrates the park’s history and iconic attractions from over the years, featuring fireworks, music, lasers, and special effects. On the 4th of July, EPCOT’s park operating hours will be 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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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.

Disney World 4th of July Entertainment

There will be several entertainment offerings for the 4th of July at Disney World, including:

  • At Magic Kingdom during the 4th of July celebration on July 3rd and 4th, DJs will be mixing tunes throughout the park.
  • At EPCOT, the a cappella group Voices of Liberty will perform songs from the American songbook in The American Adventure, and characters dressed “Spirit of ’76” outfits will also greet guests here.
  • The Disney Resort Hotels will be hosting 4th of July activities, including campfire cookouts at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Movies Under the Stars, so be sure to check your resort’s schedule on 4th of July to get a taste of what will be offered. At hotels along the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake—Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (including Narcoossee’s), Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort—you can see the Electrical Water Pageant featuring a patriotic grand finale of the American flag and stars.

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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.

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Special patriotic treats will be offered for the 4th of July!


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 order available) 

  • Celebrate the regions of American backyard barbecue with classic dishes (Some plant-based items available on the menu) 

Sunshine Seasons (Available July 1 through 31) 

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

Disney’s Hollywood StudiosFourth of July food at Disney's Hollywood Studios, collage of items

Backlot Express (Available July 1 through 31)

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

Woody’s Lunchbox (Available July 1 through 31) 

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

Disney Resort Hotels Fourth of July food at Disney Resort Hotels, collage of items

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

Intermission Food Court, World Premiere Food Court, and 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 and Carousel Coffee (Available June 27 through 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 through 8; mobile order available) Fourth of July Fruit Tart: Blackberry custard topped with fresh berries and a vanilla panna cotta popsicle

Fourth of July food at Disney Resort Hotels, collage of items

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

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

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

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

Good’s Food to Go and The Artist’s Palette (Available June 27 through July 4; mobile order available at The Artist’s Palette only) 

  • 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 and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside 

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

  • Star-spangled Brownie Bar: Graham cracker crust and chocolate chip fudgy brownie topped with a brown butter caramel mousse, popping candy, and chocolate décor
Fourth of July food at Disney Resort Hotels, collage of items

Disney’s Riviera Resort 

Bar Riva (Available June 30 through 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 through July 4) 

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

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 

Roaring Fork (Available June 27 through 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 through 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

Red, White, and Blue Gin and Tonic: Empress 1908 Gin, tonic water, and cranberry and pomegranate juices (New) 

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Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the content director of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and Disney Dose- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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