By Holley Long
Independence Day is on a Tuesday this year, which for some people means we have a long weekend to fill with fun ahead of the holiday. If you’re staying in Orlando for the Fourth of July, there are plenty of events to check out, whether you want to celebrate early or have a blast on the actual holiday.
Fireworks at the Fountain in Downtown Orlando
The City of Orlando will host the 46th annual Fireworks at the Fountain event at Lake Eola Park. Starting at 4 p.m., there will be live entertainment, food and drink vendors, and fun for the whole family.
Then, just after 9 p.m., a firework show will light up the sky while the Orlando Concert Band plays patriotic tunes. After the fireworks, adults can continue celebrating the 4th of July at the various bars, lounges, and other venues of nightlife open in Downtown Orlando.
Red, White, and Blue Americana in Winter Garden
The patriotic festivities start early in Winter Garden with the Saturday Farmers Market Independence Day Celebration. Red, white, and blue decorations will adorn the booths, where you can shop for all the Fourth of July barbecue essentials, from meats and seafood for the grill to fresh fruit for pies.
Kids can also enjoy a holiday-themed craft session and family-fun games. Then, the children’s activities continue on the morning of the Fourth with a Pancake Breakfast at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge (kids eat free). A kids’ parade begins at 10 a.m. from the Lodge, where everyone is welcome to join. End the day at Newton Park, where there will be a firework show over Lake Apopka at 9:15.
Independence Day Parade and Spectacular in Celebration
If you’re a morning person, commemorate the Fourth of July at Celebration’s Independence Day Parade. Starting at 9 a.m., the parade will travel through Downtown Celebration, from Town Hall to Celebration Lakeside Park.
Then, that evening, continue the festivities at Celebration’s Independence Day Spectacular, where there will be music, food vendors, and, of course, fireworks. It’ll be held at the Celebration Town Center, and don’t confuse it for a similar event at Lakeside Park—that one is a similar event exclusively for residents of Lakeside Park.
Star Spangled Celebration at Promenade at Sunset Walk
Get ready for four days of fun if you celebrate the Fourth of July at the Promenade at Sunset Walk. Though there will be some entertainment on Friday, the real party starts Saturday with live music, a street market, car shows, street performers, and more.
On July 4, enjoy a concert set with D FALC and Scotty B., plus performances from Bar Fly and Red Mint Trio, then watch the firework show beginning at 9:45. Admission—and parking!—is free for the 4-day event.
Lake Nona’s Great American Block Party
Celebrate Independence Day early at the Great American Block Party at Lake Nona Town Center. The Saturday before the Fourth, you can enjoy an afternoon full of live music, carnival games, local brews, face painting, and more.
Close out the night with Lake Nona’s first ever community firework show. Celebrating the Fourth at this event means you can possibly take it easy on Tuesday—because let’s face it, a lot of us are back to work on Wednesday.
From parades to fireworks, there’s no shortage of ways to have a star-spangled time during the holiday weekend! Whether you choose to attend one of these events or any of the many others throughout the city, we hope you have a spectacular Independence Day!
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