Top 5 Ways so Spend the 4th of July in Orlando

There are a ton of events in Orlando to keep you busy during the July 4th holiday.  Here are our top 5 best ways to spend the 4th of July holiday in Orlando.

Downtown Orlando Fireworks:  July 4, 4p – 10p, Lake Eola

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Join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Tuesday, July 4, 2017at Lake Eola Park for the 40th annual Fireworks at the Fountain. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with activities for children, live music, and food and beverages available for purchase.

Parking is always a challenge in downtown O-town so why not take the FREE LYMMO Circulator if you are a downtown resident or parking at garages other than the Orange County Library Garage.  You can visit for more information

Entertainment Schedule

Amphitheater Stage

  • 5 p.m. Mo’mo-Browne
  • 6 p.m. SunTrust Stunt Skaters
  • 6:45 p.m. The Mellow Relics
  • 8 p.m. Orlando Concert Band

Robinson Lawn Stage

  • 4 p.m.-9 p.m. DJ Rubonix

Street Closures
Several street closures will be in effect on July 4:

  • Robinson Street from Rosalind Avenue to Summerlin Avenue, 7 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
  • Eola Drive from Robinson Street to Washington Street, 7 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
  • Central Boulevard from Rosalind Avenue to Eola Drive, 2 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.
  • Rosalind Avenue from South Street to Robinson Street, 2 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

View the Fireworks at the Fountain Street Closure Map.

Parking Options
Ample parking is available within walking distance of Lake Eola Park. A list of surface lots and garages in the area can be found here.

Reserve your parking space in advance here.

Handicapped parking will be available on Rosalind Avenue between Jackson Street and Central Boulevard for the event. Please approach the road closure and show the police officer your handicapped designation for parking.

Transportation Options
The free LYMMO Circulator is recommended for Downtown residents and attendees parking at garages other than the Orange County Library Garage located at 112 East Central Boulevard.

LYNX will be running on a normal Sunday service schedule for the holiday.

No tents or canopies
No large umbrellas
No staking into the ground
No glass items
No outside alcohol
No personal fireworks

I have personally been going to this event for years and it is one of my favorites.

Red Hot and Boom:  July 3, 4p – 10p, Crane’s Roost

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Take six hot, internationally-known recording artists, mix in 150,000 people in a patriotic mood and light up the night with more than 15,000 fireworks and what do you get? The 22nd annual Red Hot & Boom festival at Cranes Roost Park in Uptown Altamonte – Central Florida’s premier Independence Day event!

What began as a modest celebration to showcase the business and event district in the City of Altamonte Springs has grown into one of the leading entertainment and fireworks shows in the state.

The Red

At its core, Red Hot & Boom is a celebration of freedom, patriotism and a reminder of the true meaning of the holiday. It’s a gathering of 150,000 people decked out in red, white and blue, celebrating in a family-friendly atmosphere, enjoying music, food and an incredible fireworks show. For many families, Red Hot & Boom is an annual tradition where everyone can make memories, spend quality time with one another and celebrate the true spirit of America.

The Hot

The event hosts FREE family-friendly entertainment featuring internationally-known musical talent powered by XL 106.7 FM. The first act takes the stage at 4 p.m. and the music continues after the fireworks show.

Featured artists this year include:

AJR – The Met brothers, Adam, Jack and Ryan, are selling out venues on the first leg of their “What Everyone’s Thinking” tour.
Austin Mahone – This 21-year-old is currently on his third national tour and recently signed on as the face of the Fossil brand.
Hey Violet – This pop-punk band plays their recently-released second album, “From the Outside” as part of their nationwide tour.
James Arthur – This British singer won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. His hit single, “Say You Won’t Let Go” is currently No. 11 on The Hot 100 Billboard chart.
Why Don’t We – Each of the five members of this pop band were successful singer/songwriters on their own; now they’ve teamed up to perform together and are now hitting the road for a 20-city North American tour.
Drey-C – A frequent performer at Disney Springs, this Brazilian-born singer and Orlando resident has released 8 albums and is known for his high-energy performances.

The Boom

Red Hot & Boom is famous for its jaw-dropping fireworks – and this year is no different.

“We spend months planning our show and take pride in the fact that we put on a fireworks display that competes with any other in Florida,” said Jerry Sullivan, Director of Events for the City of Altamonte Springs. Guests will “ooh” and “ahh” during the 25-minute show, which features advanced pyrotechnics choreographed to both today’s hits and old favorites – all on the beautiful Cranes Roost Park waterfront.

The celebration starts at 4 p.m. An early arrival is suggested for people who want to stake out a prime spot. This is a rain or shine event; the show will go on even if Mother Nature is not cooperating.

Downtown Sanford Fireworks:  July 4, 5p – 10p, Riverwalk

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Come early, stay late.  Explore our historic downtown, shops, restaurants and galleries.  Then make your way to Ft. Mellon Park for great music, food, drinks and an incredible fireworks display!

Central Florida’s premier summer celebration to be enjoyed by the entire family! Visitors from around the Central Florida area will be in Sanford to Celebrate Independence Day to enjoy our spectacular fireworks display over beautiful Lake Monroe.

As the planning heats up for the upcoming July 4th Celebration, don’t miss your chance to celebrate July 4th with us at this spectacular event!

Sanford has enjoyed hosting this family friendly event and we expect this year to be bigger and better. Our goal is to continuously raise the bar for this event and to also continue to reach out to new visitors so that they can experience our wonderful City and all that we offer. 

Avalon Park Fireworks, July 4, 5p – 9p

Come out for the annual fun 4th of July celebration that takes place all over Downtown Avalon Park! A festival night filled with live music, kids wet and dry bounce houses, food trucks, vendors, and more! Be sure to watch the free fireworks at 9 PM!


Winter Park 22th Annual Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, July 4, 9a – 1p

The City of Winter Park is celebrating its 22 nd Annual 4 th of July Celebration Tuesday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Central Park. Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. from the main stage with an “Oath of Allegiance” naturalization ceremony for 20 citizenship applicants. Mayor Steve Leary will then offer remarks and congratulate our new American citizens on their historic milestone. Wear your red, white and blue, bring a blanket or beach chair, and gather with family and friends to enjoy this Winter Park tradition.
The celebration will feature live patriotic music performed by the Bach Festival Choir and Brass, and the Americana Quartet. The exciting “Kid’s Zone” from 9 a.m. to noon will include carnival midway games with prizes, mini “touch-a-truck” area, train ride, inflatable slide, patriotic decoration station, and various games. A children’s bike parade from Morse Boulevard to Garfield Avenue (new route this year) will occur at 10:30 a.m. Free hot dogs, watermelon, slushy ice drinks and water will be available for all to enjoy, while supplies last. Help support the event vendors by purchasing chips and a soda to go with your hot dog.
In conjunction with city festivities, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will celebrate 22 years on Park Avenue with its annual Independence Day Open House. The museum, which is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of work by American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, will provide FREE admission to its galleries from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.