Independence Day at Walt Disney World

Happily Ever After will NOT take place on July 3 or 4

The Fourth of July is going to be here before we know it! Fireworks and Independence Day go hand in hand, and no one does fireworks better than Walt Disney World. Traditionally the Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year, and with Toy Story Land opening on June 30 even more people could be flocking to Central Florida. Even though things will be packed, that does not mean that you won’t have a great time. Here’s a quick rundown of the events that Walt Disney World has planned to celebrate the birth of the nation. All are held weather permitting.

Magic Kingdom

At the Magic Kingdom there will be special evening dance parties on both July 3 and 4. They will take place in Tomorrowland and Frontierland. Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky is an annual tradition that will take place at 9:15pm on both July 3 and July 4. The show dates back to 2008. It lasts about 15 minutes, and there are great viewing spots all over the Magic Kingdom. Happily Ever After will not take place those nights, but Once Upon a Time will still be held at 10:00pm. They will sometimes hold a live stream of Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky on Disney Parks Blog. If I hear anything about that, I’ll let you know.


What better place to celebrate America than the park that has a pavilion dedicated to the United States? On the Fourth of July at Epcot you’ll be able to meet Mickey and some friends wearing their patriotic costumes. They’ll be hanging out near the American Adventure. Voices of Liberty (the patriotic a cappella group) will perform in the America Gardens Theater at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00pm. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will take place at 9:00, and will include a special finale for Independence Day.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Neither of these parks will have special offerings for the Fourth of July. If you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and want to see fireworks, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will be held at 10:00. There will be two Fantasmic! shows; they’ll take place at 9:00 and 10:30. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Rivers of Light will take place at 9:15 and again at 10:15. Remember that there are no fireworks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.