July 4 2012 Events at Disney World

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Disney Fireworks (credit: David Roark)

Disney Fireworks (credit: David Roark)

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Planning to be at Disney World for the July 4th holiday? It’s the place to be if Independence Day fireworks are the highlight of your holiday calendar. Here’s an overview of what’s happening in Hollywood Studios, Epcot and the Magic Kingdom to celebrate America’s birthday.

Fourth of July in the Magic Kingdom

The patriotic fireworks display, “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” lights up the sky at 9pm on July 4. If you’d like to celebrate America’s Independence early, this spectacular fireworks show pays homage to the dreams of America’s forefathers on July 3 at 9pm as well.

Fourth of July in Hollywood Studios

Enjoy the brand new “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Mulch, Sweat, and Shears – Disney’s resident landscapers with some deep rock and roll dreams – will take you on a melodic journey across the United States, highlighting each different region’s rock and roll contributions. The story is told with the help of special lighting, fireworks and special effects. Oh, and the live musical stylings of Mulch, Sweat, and Shears. The show starts on July 4 at 9:45pm after Disney’s Fantasmic! which starts at 9pm.

Fourth of July in Epcot

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” lights up the sky for 14 minutes. Happening high in the sky above World Showcase Lagoon, this laser/water/music/pyrotechnics show tells the story of the past, present and future of Earth but on July 4 “The Heartbeat of Freedom” will enhance the show. It starts at 10pm. Also happening in Epcot, meet Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and Disney characters dressed in patriotic costume at American Adventure. There’s also a “Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert” to see.

Disney Fourth of July park hours

These hours are subject to change:

  • Magic Kingdom: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Hollywood Studios: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Epcot: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Animal Kingdom: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (there are no July 4 fireworks at the Animal Kingdom)

Tell us…

How will you spend your July 4 holiday?