Magic Kingdom July 4 Fireworks

Time: 9:00pm

On both July 3 and July 4 you can see Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky. The 15 minute show includes fireworks that fire off around the perimeter of the Magic Kingdom park, and includes more than 1,500 fireworks shells. Wikipedia estimates the show costs about $10,000. Music includes a great assortment of patriotic songs, including “God Bless America”, “America The Beautiful”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “Stars and Stripes Forever”, and a huge finale with “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

If you go:

The Magic Kingdom will be packed – and it will take a long time to exit the park after the fireworks are over. If you aren’t into crowds or waits, consider viewing the fireworks from somewhere around Seven Seas Lagoon. I prefer the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, but you can get a decent view at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa too. Note that on July 4 Disney will force you to park at the Ticket & Transportation Center and to pay for that parking.

The July 4 fireworks at the Magic Kingdom are amazing - but expect huge crowds.

The July 4 fireworks at the Magic Kingdom are amazing – but expect huge crowds.

Time: 10:00pm

Epcot will present its normal nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, but will add a special new ending (called a “tag” by those in the know) called The Heartbeat of Freedom.

If you go:

The tag is set to patriotic American tunes and is launched from behind the American Adventure pavilion. Given that, viewing locations from nearby pavilions, such as Italy, Japan, and Germany, won’t be very good. If you are going, consider viewing locations along World Showcase lagoon that are opposite from the American Adventure.

Be sure to pick your viewing location carefully at Epcot - locations near the American Adventure on July 4 aren't the best.

Be sure to pick your viewing location carefully at Epcot – locations near the American Adventure on July 4 aren’t the best.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios July 4 Fireworks

Time: 9:45pm

Disney’s Hollywood Studios presents the Rockin’ Fourth of July Celebration. This show features the band called Mulch, Sweat, and Shears which plays rock music coordinated with the fireworks.

If you go:

There are great viewing locations from the Sorcerer’s Hat back toward the park entrance along Hollywood Boulevard.