Plan a patriotic holiday with our list of 10 of the best July 4th fireworks shows and events you can find in and around Orlando.
RED, HOT AND BOOM
July 3 The City of Altamonte Springs’ Independence Day Celebration includes live entertainment from today’s hottest performers, plus children’s activities, vendor booths, food, drinks and a 25-minute firework display synchronized with a mix of patriotic and contemporary hits. 4-11 p.m. 407-571-8863. Cranes Roost Park. 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs.
OLDE FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY
July 4 Wear your red, white and blues, bring a blanket and enjoy live patriotic music performed by the Bach Festival Choir Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, watch or participate in a bicycle parade, munch on free hotdogs and much more. The Morse Museum of American Art also hosts an open house from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A bike valet is available from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Central Park, 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park.
DISNEY’S CELEBRATE AMERICA!
July 4 Celebrate Independence Day at the Magic Kingdom with a “Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” at 9 p.m. The holiday-inspired “IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth” at Epcot Center begins at 10 p.m., and a special fireworks presentation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes place at 10 p.m. Each event is included in regular park admission. Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista.
INDEPENDENCE DAY AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT
July 4 Enjoy a special version of Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular that combines cutting-edge projection technology with lasers and pyrotechnics. Included with regular park admission. 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando.
FIREWORKS AT THE FOUNTAIN
July 4 Celebrate the Fourth in the heart of downtown Orlando, with music, vendors and a fireworks show over the lake. Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St., Orlando. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Free.
A SCI-FI 4TH OF JULY
July 4 Celebration Town Center joins forces with MegaCon to bring the first ever Sci-Fi themed Independence Day to Central Florida. Science fiction costume contests, bounce houses, live music, games and a synchronized fireworks spectacular set to a Sci-Fi themed soundtrack. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Free.
STAR SPANGLED SANFORD
July 4 Celebrate Independence Day in downtown Sanford, with fireworks over Lake Monroe. Fort Mellon Park, 600 E. 1st St., Sanford. 4-10 p.m. sanfordfl.gov
RED, BRICK AND BOOM
July 4-6 LEGOLAND Florida celebrates with backyard games and a party in Miniland USA. Families can build their own star to add to the park’s first American flag made of thousands of LEGO bricks. Fireworks at 9 p.m. each day.
BALDWIN PARK INDEPENDENCE DAY BASH
July 5 Afamily festival with live entertainment, an art stroll and fireworks over Lake Baldwin. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Harbor Park at Baldwin Park, 4990 New Broad St., Orlando.
COKE ZERO 400
July 5 This holiday weekend classic race features fireworks on and off the track. Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.