Plenty of Food, Fun & Fireworks to Celebrate 4th of July in Orlando
When you think of 4th of July in the United States, you think of Freedom. The Red, White and Blue! Proud to be an American! Then you think of Family, Friends, Food, Fireworks and Fun! I know I do. So get the gang together and celebrate this great country of ours. There are awesome options to celebrate 4th of July in Orlando with family and friends. Here are the Top 9 picks for those with the best food and fun. Enjoy!
Top 9 Best Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in Orlando
Start celebrating a day early at one of the biggest 4th of July events in Central Florida. On July 3rd, you and 100,000 of your closest friends will enjoy top musical acts, fun activities for the kids and a spectacular 25 minute fireworks show set to Patriotic music in Cranes Roost Park. Event starts at 4pm, but I suggest getting there early to claim your spot along this beautiful lake. Fireworks show starts at 9:30pm. Located at 27 Cranes Roost Blvd, Altamonte Springs, FL. 407-571-8863. Parking and admission is free. As food and drinks are an important ingredient of any celebration, various local food vendors will be set up around the lake. You can also pack your own picnic in a soft cooler as no wheeled coolers are allowed. Nearby, check out local favorite, Jason’s Deli for great deli sandwiches and salads or go for the most American of foods, burgers at Five Guys.
Spend the evening at Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park along Lake Toho celebrating America, dancing through the decades enjoying live music from various tribute bands, KUA Kids Power Zone with interactive games, a beer garden, food trucks from the popular Food Truck Bazaar, and a spectacular fireworks display over the lake. Festivities around the lake from 5pm-9:30pm, Fireworks show at 9:10pm, July 4. Free parking and admission. Located at 250 Lakeshore Blvd, Kissimmee FL. 407-935-1412
TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar is the top traveling gathering of Food Trucks in Central Florida. Their lineup for this event is top-notch so bring your appetite and lots of friends so you can sample and share the goods from each truck.
The Town of Celebration, near Disney, with its small town feel, white picket fences and picturesque town square, looks like a movie set for Any Small Town USA. The entire family can celebrate 4th of July with activities for the kids, a parade, live music by various local acts and fireworks show set to music at 9:15pm. Parking and admission is free. Located at 610 Sycamore St, Celebration FL. 407-566-4007;Shops and restaurants are found all around the quaint downtown area. Check out Celebration Town Tavern for their authentic New England inspired menu. If you’re in the mood for Lobster Rolls and Clam Chowder this casual restaurant will hit the spot. Located on 721 Front Street, across from Lake Rianhard. (407) 566-2526
No one does fireworks better than Disney. We are lucky in Central Florida to have our pick of three Disney theme parks each offering their own unique show to celebrate 4th of July. The Magic Kingdom will feature the whimsical “Disney’s Celebrate America: A 4th of July Concert in the Sky” show at Cinderella’s Castle, Hollywood Studios offers the fun Rock n Roll Themed “Rockin’ 4th of July” show with the Hollywood Rockers performance, but my favorite Disney park to celebrate 4th of July is at Epcot. The “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth show” is impressive on its own and for this occasion they will add a grand-finale salute to America featuring The Heartbeat of Freedom, a five minute patriotic fireworks finale that will leave you with goosebumps and proud to be in America no matter where you are from. Meet Disney characters dressed in patriotic attire, listen to the sublime Voices of Liberty singers and the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps, enjoy a history lesson in the American Pavillion, and sample beers and foods from the USA. Fireworks show begins at 10pm around the World Showcase Lagoon. Located at 10,000 Buena Vista Blvd, Lake Buena Vista FL. 407-824-4321.
Start your Independence Day celebrations on the right foot with a fun 5K along beautiful Park Avenue in Winter Park FL. The 3.1 mile run/walk race, organized by Track Shack, begins at 7am. After the race, enjoy free ice-cold watermelon, cheer on the watermelon eating contest and let the kids run free in their own kids race at 8:15am. Afterwards, make a day of it at Winter Park’s Central Park Olde Fashioned 4th of July celebration. This is the perfect event to get your family and friends together on July 4th in Orlando. Located at 251 Park Avenue South, Winter Park FL.
The City of Winter Park with its charming and inviting Central Park, will celebrate 4th of July the old-fashioned way with horse-drawn wagon rides, activities for the kids including a bicycle parade, and a patriotic musical performance by the Bach Festival Brass and Bach Festival Choir. Festivities start at 9am to 1pm on July 4th. Bring your blanket and a picnic and enjoy the outdoors and the fun. Free hot dogs, watermelon and water will be offered while supplies last. Free bike valet service for those riding their bikes. After the festivities are over, stroll along Park Avenue and Hannibal Square and enjoy the great shops and restaurants. Stop by the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art for their Independence Day Open House and view the largest collection of work by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. Free admission until 4pm. Central Park located at 251 Park Avenue S, Winter Park FL. 407-599-3463. Admission is free.
The beautiful setting of Lake Eola is perfect for a relaxing evening with the downtown Orlando skyline as your backdrop. Set up a blanket or chairs along the lake and celebrate 4th of July with a spectacular light show over the fountain, live music on two stages and fireworks finale. Entertainment throughout the park begins at 4pm with The Fountain show at 9:10pm. Located at Central Blvd and Eola Drive, Downtown Orlando, FL. Free admission. Local food vendors will be available.
If you’re wondering where to get an All American meal nearby prior to the festivities, stop by Graffiti Junktion An American Burger Bar in Thornton Park, for some of the best burgers in town. Located at 900 E. Washington Street, Orlando FL. 407-426-9502 or check out one of my favorite restaurants in town, Soco, where Chef Greg Richie serves up southern comfort food taken to new levels of contemporary deliciousness. Their happy hour from 5pm-7pm serves up classic martinis, manhattans and old fashioneds for only $6. Thats what I call All American! 629 E. Central Blvd, Orlando FL. 407-849-1800
If you’re a fan of fast cars and fireworks, then this is the perfect event for you as NASCAR’s elite drivers compete for the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway. This nighttime race is followed by a spectacular fireworks extravaganza! Arrive early and tailgate or enjoy the eats and the fun activities in the Fan Zone. There is nothing more American that a day at the races! Located at 1801 West International Blvd, Daytona Beach FL. 386-253-7223
9. All American Backyard BBQ
Thoughts of 4th of July celebrations immediately bring to mind a Backyard BBQ so this list would not be complete without a tribute to this All American Summer tradition. These fantastic Orlando Resorts and Restaurants are offering their best version of this BBQ Tradition:
^ Highball & Harvest at Grande Lakes Ritz Carlton Orlando: Southern-style BBQ favorites and a lavish buffet where bacon is the star of the show. Enjoy games, live music and fireworks display at 9pm. Reservations required 407-393-4648
^ Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate: Dinner BBQ buffet and fireworks show at this beautiful resort. Reservations required 407-238-6564
^ Reunion Resort serves up mouthwatering BBQ with a live DJ, limbo and hula hooping plus a grand finale fireworks show.
Did I miss your favorite place to celebrate 4th of July in Orlando? That’s why this is a Top 9 List instead of Top 10. There may be a great place that I don’t know about and want to add to my list, so please share in the comments below.
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Happy 4th of July my Epicurista friends!
Cheers to America!