Walt Disney World guests are used to seeing incredible fireworks displays every night of the year, so when it comes to the Fourth Of July Disney World works hard to come up with something extra special.
Instead of the normal "Wishes" Fireworks presentation the Magic Kingdom will present “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” This patriotic fireworks spectacular, paying homage to the hopes and dreams of America’s forefathers, will light the skies at 9 p.m. July 4 – and for guests who would like to begin the Independence Day celebration early, the show also will be presented July 3 at 9 p.m.
At Epcot, sky-watchers can check out “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” bursting high above World Showcase Lagoon. IllumiNations is a 14-minute spectacular during which pyrotechnics, lasers, water and music are all used to tell a story about the past, present and future of our planet. On the Fourth of July, the show will be enhanced with "The Heartbeat of Freedom," an overture of traditional Americana themes displayed in a pyrotechnic and laser light event. The show is at 10 p.m.
In addition, Epcot guests may lend their ears to “Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert” and participate in meet-and-greets with Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and Disney characters adorned in patriotic dress at American Adventure.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, traditional Fourth of July fireworks take on a different spin when Mulch, Sweat, and Shears perform for the all-new “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration”! These resident landscapers – with serious rock and roll ambitions – take Disney guests on a musical road trip across America that will highlight each region’s contribution to rock and roll. Fireworks, lighting and special effects – backed by the driving live rock and roll of Mulch, Sweat, and Shears – combine to bring a new twist to celebrating Independence Day. Showtime July 4 is 9:45 p.m. Before or after the show, Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests can thrill to Disney’s Fantasmic!, performing July 4 at 9 and 10:30 p.m.
Which One To Choose?
It is a tough call to know which one to choose. We would suggest that you consider seeing the Magic Kingdom Show on July 3rd, since it is the only one that is shown twice and then go to Disney's Hollywood Studios to catch their show on the Fourth Of July. The reason we suggest Disney's Hollywood Studios is the fact the Disney rarely does fireworks presentations there any more except for special events, so it is a rare treat to see them there. Also, we are big fans of Mulch, Sweat, and Shears and would not pass up a chance to see them perform this special concert.