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With the Fourth of July weekend approaching, we are getting ready to celebrate!
SeaWorld Orlando starts early on the morning of July 1st as they will be opening the park gates one hour early for U.S. active duty military, veterans and up to three guests. An ddvance ticket and military ID are required and a look at WavesOfHonor.com will show current active duty and veteran ticket offers.
Country music icon Lee Greenwood will play at Bayside Stadium at 6.30pm on both the 2nd and 3rd July while the Fourth of July offer the chance to enjoy one of Orlando’s most magnificent fireworks displays. SeaWorld will light up the night sky as bursts of bright colors will fill the air during a spectacular, patriotic-inspired show featuring the 13th Army Band, Florida National Guard. Fireworks can best be viewed from Bayside Stadium and the show begins at 10 PM.
Over at Busch Gardens – Tampa this Independence Day, families can celebrate with a night of thrill rides, live entertainment and an incredible fireworks show.
Open late for Summer Nights, guests can celebrate the Fourth of July festivities by challenging Florida’s top thrill rides, like our newest family thrill ride, Cobra’s Curse™, and North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury®. Plus, fireworks will illuminate the sky at 9:30 p.m., in Gwazi Park right after the rock-fueled acrobatics show, Kinetix.
Guests can enjoy extended hours for Summer Nights at Busch Gardens from June 24 to August 7. The park will stay open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and close at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
In the City of Orlando, Central Florida residents and visitors can attend the 38th annual Fireworks at the Fountain on July 4th at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando for FREE!
Over at Walt Disney World, various events are being held as follows:
On Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4th, 2016, Magic Kingdom has a special fireworks show “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” The 14-minute fireworks spectacular rockets into the sky above Cinderella Castle at 9:00 p.m. on both nights. The firework show is set to an exciting musical score specifically created to stir a sense of pride in being American, while at the same time, inviting guests from around the world to feel part of the celebration.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be celebrating the 4th of July with the “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks spectacular. The show will take place at a special time on July 3 and 4 at 9:30 p.m. The brand new Star Wars-themed fireworks show dazzles with new themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic characters and scenes from the saga, all set to the unforgettable film score.
At Epcot, an afternoon of live entertainment kicks off at America Gardens Theatre with the Voices of Liberty, an eight-part, a capella Voices of Liberty, who will be performing on Independence Day at the American Gardens Theatre at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and inside the American Adventure Rotunda at 4:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Returning for this year’s festivities will be the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps (former Epcot performers) who will perform at 1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Guests will also be able to meet with Disney characters adorned in patriotic dress, as well as historic patriotic characters throughout the day.
Stayin’ Alive, a Bee Gees tribute band, will perform at the American Gardens Theater as part of the “Sounds Like Summer” concert series! Showtimes on July 4th are at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m, and 8:00 p.m.
The evening will end with a bang, literally, as park guests enjoy IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth which features dazzling special effects, colorful lasers, brilliant fireworks and fiery torches all choreographed to a musical score that becomes even more dynamic on July 4th. The normal show will be enhanced with “The Heartbeat of Freedom,” an overture of traditional Americana themes displayed in a pyrotechnic and laser light event. The performance begins at 10:00 p.m. on July 4.
Also, every day at Epcot, the American Adventure spotlights American history and heritage. The show is a journey through important moments in America’s history narrated by Audio-Animatronic figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. Guests should also check out the “The Kinsey Collection,” in the American Heritage Gallery at the American Adventure Pavilion, which is an exhibit that showcases 400 years of African-American achievement through rare art, documents, books and artifacts.
There are no events planned for Animal Kingdom or for Disney Springs.