Disneyland in July 2020: How to Celebrate the 4th of July and Enjoy Your Summer Vacation

Disneyland in July is right in the midst of summer at Disneyland. This means longer hours, more entertainment options, fewer refurbishments, and warmer weather. We also have new park additions to look forward to and the Disneyland 4th of July fireworks!

Everyone has personal preferences to consider when planning the date of their Disneyland trip- each season will have its pros and cons and guests' choices will vary based on those. Make sure to read our Disneyland crowd calendar to get an idea of what to expect when picking a date to visit Disneyland.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about visiting Disneyland in July including current events, what weather to expect, crowd level predictions, and what to pack!

Disneyland Events in July

These are all the things to look forward to this year at Disneyland in July!

Disneyland 4th of July Fireworks

It is not uncommon for fireworks at Disneyland to be canceled throughout the year due to high winds in Southern California. Each time the fireworks are canceled, Disney sets them aside to save them for the big Disneyland 4th of July fireworks show! This fireworks celebration is extremely popular with tourists and locals alike- make sure to arrive early in the day so you're set up for the evening.

Disneyland's Opening Anniversary

Disneyland opened on July 17th in 1955. This year's 64th anniversary will feature a small celebration ceremony on Main Street with characters and a replay of the original Walt Disney opening day Disneyland dedication speech.

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Disneyland July Crowd CalendarCars on Radiator Springs Racer ride racing down the highway

Any time of the year it can be helpful to check the Annual Pass Blockout Date calendar on Disney's website. This year Disney has completed blocked the lowest tier of AP holders from visiting Disneyland during the month of July. The top tier passes receive no block out dates but considering the expense of those passes, they are not nearly the majority of AP holders. July is a typical month for summer crowds at Disneyland anyways since local area schools are out for the summer along with most schools in the United States. It is a popular time to visit just for that reason so crowds should be expected daily- weekday vs. weekend won't necessarily matter too much.

You can still have a great vacation even if Disneyland is crowded if you plan ahead. Plan to make dining reservations, consider booking a dining package for anticipated nighttime shows, learn how to use MaxPass along with FastPass, and arrive early to the parks every day. Even on an extremely crowded day, being there 30 minutes before the park officially opens allows you to experience the park with smaller crowds. Those two or three hours before 11AM are the best- don't miss out!

Disneyland prepares well for crowds every peak time of the year.  There will be more cast members on staff, longer hours, repeat schedules for popular parades and nighttime shows.

Read our full guide on handling crowds to prepare yourself for visiting Disneyland in July. Crowds or not, I always tell myself that any day at Disneyland is better than a day at work!

Disneyland Weather in JulyJungle Cruise tour full of guests

The weather for Disneyland is hot in July with an average high temperature of 84 degrees and an average low temperature of 66 degrees. With the amount of concrete at Disneyland reflecting the sun back at you, it can even feel hotter than the thermostat says!

The added bonus of visiting in the summer on these hot days is that the longest days in July average around 14 and a half hours. Disneyland will be on their summer hour operating schedule with the gates opening at 8AM everyday and staying open until at least 11PM with the exception of California Adventure closing earlier at 10PM.

Tips for Visiting Disneyland in JulyLamppost at Disneyland at dusk with American flags hanging from it

When it comes to visiting Disneyland in July, we have some tried and true hacks for having a magical time on your summer vacation.

What to Wear to Disneyland in July

One of the most frequently asked guest questions is: what should I wear to Disneyland? Always check the weather leading up to your trip. Even when visiting on the hottest days of the year, I still bring a lightweight hoodie or flannel because the parks will cool down in the mornings and evenings. Plus I always like to have an extra layer if I know I'll be inside with cold air conditioning!

You will be at the parks during one of the hottest months of the year so it's wise to pack for the heat. Bring clothes that you will feel comfortable in when it's hot outside. Make sure your kids are wearing cool clothes too because you want to keep them happy on those hot days.

What to Pack for Disneyland in July

Considering the high average temperature for the month of July, plan on packing summer attire for the parks.

But don't forget the hot weather necessities like sunscreen, portable fans, cooling towels, and other items all aimed at keeping you cool on hot days. If you find yourself wanting one of these while you're on vacation, you'll end up paying a high price in the parks or at your hotel. If you're planning on hitting the beach, don't bother bringing towels and just use the ones from your hotel. You're visiting in one of the most beautiful months of the year- don't forget to see the beach!

You can read our giant packing list here to make sure you show up prepared for literally anything you need while you're visiting Disneyland.

What to Expect at Disneyland in July

There are a few things you should expect when choosing July as your month to visit Disneyland:

  • Planning on visiting for the 4th of July?– it is not uncommon for the parks to hit full capacity on the 4th of July as large crowds turn out to see the fireworks. If the 4th of July is one of your park days then I would advise getting there early when the park opens and commit to spending the day there without taking a break at your hotel. Make dining reservations for the day so you know you have a place to stop and eat without waiting in quick service lines for food. Plan on crowds but enjoy the festive fun!
  • Be prepared for hot weather- hot weather can be dealt with easily at Disneyland with some advance planning. If you're a person that doesn't handle heat well, it's crucial that you wake up early and get to the parks at opening. It won't really begin heating up until 11-12pm so if you work hard to get those morning rides done you can take a break at your hotel and swim before coming back in the evening to avoid the hottest point of the day. Bring cooling towels, misting fans, and any other gear you like to have when it's hot. With some advance planning, you can handle the heat!

But most of all, remember to enjoy your time at the happiest place on earth!

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