Independence Day is hands down my favorite holiday. Lucky for me I just happen to live in the 4th of July capital and we do it up big here. Celebrations start several days before and you are guaranteed to see spectacular fireworks shows for at least three nights in a row.
What’s not to love about the 4th? It’s always nice and hot, you get to spend time with family and friends celebrating our glorious country and there are bound to be grills fired up and cute, little patriotic desserts to indulge in.
My mom makes this delicious cake every year:
Spending the 4th of July at Disney would seriously take this holiday to a whole new level for me. Even though it is one of the busiest days at the park, I would still love to be there and take in all of the amazing festivities.
Here is what’s on the schedule, if you are thinking of spending the 4th of July at WDW:
Friday July 3rd Magic Kingdom kicks things off with their special fireworks show “Celebrate America”
Saturday July 4th – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios all have fireworks scheduled, each with their own special flair, for instance, Hollywood Studios with showcase their fireworks display with a rock n’ roll accompaniment.
Make sure you take in the Electrical Water Pageant on the 4th. It transforms into a brilliance of red, white, and blue, featuring patriotic music.
Epcot also has a variety of other patriotic events happening throughout the day of the 4th. You can take in a Voices of Liberty concert, held at 12:30pm, 1:45pm, and 3pm at the America Gardens Theatre Stage. Disney characters will be available to meet here as well, dressed of course in their favorite patriotic attire.
If you’re at Magic Kingdom, be sure to stop by the Hall of Presidents to pay your respects and even get an amusing American history lesson. Liberty Tree Tavern serves up New England-esque lunch and dinner offerings and at 5pm you can take part in the Flag Retreat on Main Street. Patriotic music plays while the flag is lowered and everyone pledges allegiance. A truly moving experience to be a part of, even more so on the 4th.
The Fort Wilderness Campgrounds offer some great family fun with significantly less crowds than the theme parks. You can catch the golf cart parade at 9am, meet patriotic Goofy, and stay for dinner at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, where they put on a 4th of July special including extra characters. Down at the beach the Campgrounds also host an Independence Eve Beach Party, but make sure you can stick around for a fantastic view of Magic Kingdom’s special 4th of July fireworks spectacular.
I can’t wait for the Independence Day celebrations to begin this week in my town – for those of you celebrating in the parks, please indulge me with your photos and special moments from your day.
Happy Birthday America!