It’s that time of year again! The summer sun has made its appearance, the barbecue is hot and the pool is cool. Our favorite holiday, the 4th of July, is right around the corner, so you might be beginning to think about where you want to spend America’s birthday. This week’s blog is all about the exciting celebrations in Orlando to wish the U.S.A a happy birthday!
- Lake Eola: Celebrate United States’ independence at the free fireworks display and laser show around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Pack picnic baskets and comfy blankets for an old-fashioned picnic at the lush park from 4 – 10 p.m. on July 4th.
- The Orlando Eye and I-Drive 360: This is a very special weekend event in honor of America’s birthday. Events include live entertainment, family-friendly activities, a 20-minute patriotic lighting show on the 400-foot observation wheel- which will have more than 64,000 LEDs illuminated in red, white and blue! The celebration starts at 9 p.m. on July 3 – 5.
- Watermelon 5k on Park Avenue: Winter Park hosts their annual Watermelon 5k on Park Avenue during the morning of July 4th and an annual Independence Day Celebration with activities, musical performances, and free admission to the Morse Museum during the day.
- Epcot: Epcot will turn their popular “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks display into a red, white and blue production with the addition of a special performance of “The Heartbeat of Freedom.” This polytechnic spectacular will begin at 10 p.m. on July 4. Prior to the fireworks, Epcot guests can also enjoy the “Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert” at the American Gardens Theatre at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. Finally, there will also be meet-and-greets with some of America’s forefathers, including Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and some of Disney’s most popular characters dressed in their patriotic best at American Adventure from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The 4th of July is a time to spend celebrating our country with family and friends. When you live in a wonderful city such as Orlando, it sometimes makes it difficult to choose!