Walt Disney World Announces 4th of July Entertainment Lineup for 2017

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Walt Disney World has announced their entertainment lineup at each of the four theme parks to celebrate the 4th of July 2017!

A red, white and blue fireworks spectacular illuminates the sky over Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Spectacular fireworks displays with brilliant bursts of light coloring the night sky above the theme parks have been a Walt Disney World Resort entertainment specialty for decades. Magic Kingdom honors America each year with a Fourth of July celebration on July 3 and 4 with Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, which features dazzling comets and glittery bursts soaring to a musical score produced in a concert band style.Ê (David Roark, photographer)

Nighttime spectacles will light up each park:

Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky
Magic Kingdom Park commemorates the Fourth with brilliant fireworks choreographed to patriotic music. The red, white and blue extravaganza will bathe the sky on both July 3 and July 4 at 9 p.m.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
This nightly Epcot favorite adds a patriotic twist to the show, with a special laser light finale celebrating America. Fireworks will blast off at 9 p.m. on July 4.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
Celebrate Star Wars, a great icon of American culture, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This one-of-a-kind show takes to the sky at 9:30 p.m. nightly.

Rivers of Light
Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest nighttime show celebrates a connection with nature through light, water and fire. Rivers of Light has two showings nightly, 9:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Disney Characters Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck dress in their patriotic best to celebrate the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Resort. The characters appear for meet and greets at the American Adventure at Epcot for the holiday. (David Roark, photographer)

Other Independence Day fun and entertainment includes:

  • The talented Voices of Liberty a cappella group will perform traditional Americana tunes during a 4th of July Concert on the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. The vibrant American Music Machine will perform pop hits, at noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 3:50 p.m.
  • Meet favorite Disney Characters — all dressed up to celebrate America’s birthday – throughout the day at the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot.
  • The Muppets Present…Great Moments in History: Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and friends reenact famous moments in American history in a whimsical way. The live show is performed daily in Liberty Square.
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa hosts an All-American July 4 cookout from 7-8:30 p.m. The star-spangled feast includes grilled steak and shrimp, hot dogs, baked beans, sides, plus specialty drinks, beer and wine. There’s a live DJ and crafts for kids. After dinner, head to the Grand Floridian Marina for sweets and a view of the Magic Kingdom Park’s July 4 fireworks. Cost is $120 plus tax, gratuity is included; $59 ages 3 to 11. For reservations, 407-WDW-DINE.

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I love how Illuminations is literally a Salute to All Nations: But Mostly America for the 4th of July.


This is my 1st year going on 4th of July as we are passholders now. Does the park usually reach a level of capacity where passholders are denied entrance on the 4th? I was thinking of going early and coming back in the evening for the fireworks.


At a glance, most of the things listed here happen every day anyway, besides the thing at Grand Floridian. Am I missing something?


Epcot only has the spical 4th final only on the 4th and and magic kingdom only has the spical fireworks on the 3rd and 4th. Everything else is the same as it is on most nights