Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Orlando

Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around Orlando this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

4th of July Celebration

If you want some good, old-fashioned family fun, head over to Avalon Park, a planned community suburb in East Orlando. They’re hosting a 4th of July Celebration on Sunday from 5 to 9 pm where you can enjoy live music, vendors, an apple pie bake-off, and once it gets dark, fireworks! The celebration will be perfect for kids, too, since they’ll have a wet and dry bounce park plus a Bike Parade that anyone can enter (just decorate your bike, wagon, or stroller in festive red, white, and blue!). If you want to burn a few calories in anticipation of all the hot dogs and apple pie you’ll be eating, register for the Firecracker 5K taking place at Avalon Town Park on Sunday at 8 am. After the race, you can go home and rest before coming back out for the evening celebrations.

Delaney Park

A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a BBQ, check out Delaney Park. It has great picnic areas with grills that you can rent for around $30 a day. Or, just bring a picnic blanket and find a spot among the 7.5 acres of oak-shaded grass!

Walt Disney World

No discussion of things to do in Orlando would be complete without talking about Disney World! Typically, the party is on at Disney World for Fourth of July with themed performances, activities, and decorations followed by an evening firework show. We’re not sure what will happen this year due to COVID as Disney hasn’t announced it yet, but there will likely be some type of modified celebration, like they held for Mardis Gras. Either way, you’re sure to still have a fun day enjoying all the rides and theme park attractions! One thing that will be going on is the Taste of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, running through July 5th, which involves topiaries, gardens, and outdoor kitchens.

Cocoa Beach

Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and while Orlando might not be right on the coast, its location gives it easy day-trip access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The closest beach to downtown, Cocoa Beach, is only an hour away and is a great place to spend your holiday soaking up the sun. This beach town is known for surfing, partying, and volleyball – so you’re sure to have a festive time. But if you’re looking for a chill, family-friendly day, head to the part of the beach by Lori Wilson Park, which is quieter.

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