Walt Disney World July 4 2022 firework schedule and park operating hours

Jul 02, 2022 in "Fourth of July at Walt Disney World"

Fourth of July at Walt Disney World
Posted: Saturday July 2, 2022 2:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World will celebrate Independence Day this year with the return of two special edition firework shows.

Below is a summary of Walt Disney World's Fourth of July offerings for 2022.

Park Pass Reservations and Park Hopping

To enter a Walt Disney World theme park on this Fourth of July you will need a Park Pass Reservation. Park hopping may be possible at 2pm, but depending on capacity this may be restricted. Check with My Disney Experience before park hopping for nay updates.

EPCOT Independence Day Hours & Entertainment

8:00am to 8:30am - Early Entry
8:30 to 9am - Operating hours
9:00pm to 11:00pm - Extended Evening  hours

A Fourth of July fireworks tag, 'The Heartbeat of Freedom," will follow the regular nightly performance of "Harmonious" at 9pm.

Magic Kingdom Independence Day Hours & Entertainment

8:30am to 9:00am - Early Entry
9:00am to 11:00pm - Operating hours

"Disney's Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky" will be presented at 9:20pm on July 3 and July 4. Both nights will also include DJ parties throughout the park. "Disney Enchantment" will not be shown on either night.

Other Parks

Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs will not offer firework shows on July 4 2022.

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DisoneJul 05, 2022

Maybe balance? More likely Cheapek🤔

Disney AnalystJul 05, 2022

Nope. My only thought is they decided to cut the 4... for... a reason we do not yet know.

donsullivanJul 05, 2022

That wouldn't explain the 2 missing on the west side though.

Disney AnalystJul 05, 2022

Yeah, I believe the DE launches are additions, not moving anything. It may very well be with Tron the launch near there can’t be used currently, hard to know.

gerararJul 05, 2022

My interpretation of that was 2 new launch sites were added for DE (project Nugget). The existing launch sites near the main one behind MK still exist and were used last night as far as I can tell. But maybe I read that thread/permits wrong. 🤷‍♀️

jrhwdwJul 05, 2022

I figured it had to do with moving the Launch Points all around for DE.........but I'm no Insider.

gerararJul 05, 2022

Tron at the time was just the barebones of the coaster, no building yet. So it was deemed safe at the time. Currently, there's all sorts of stuff happening in the exterior – canopy, railroad, walkway/flyover, etc. So maybe Disney deemed it as a risk....or they're just being cheap and cut it back for this year.. Unused launch site near Tron: It's awfully close, wonder if it'll ever be used again due to the possible fallout on the canopy. If said canopy is fire-resistant, then there should be no possible risk I guess.

jrhwdwJul 05, 2022

How long has Tron's construction been going on???? We had 360 for New Years 2020.

gerararJul 05, 2022

So 8 total launch sites (6 of the originals + 2 new from DE). Looks nice, but hopefully the full 360° returns for next year, and not a permanent cut..

Disney AnalystJul 05, 2022

Actually, looking at this video from last night, there was an extra launch site that was missing on the 3rd, so they did get it symmetrical last night. One to each side of the island launch, one to each side of the main launch site behind castle.

TrainsOfDisneyJul 05, 2022

Looking on social media I was happy to see the return of the “echo” voices of liberty and they even added extra lighting in the Rotunda! Hearing the Battle Hymn with the echo choir is one of the most incredible things to experience live.

Disney AnalystJul 05, 2022

Does anyone have any idea what would cause them to cut the 360? Is it budget? Are the launch sites not useable right now? It especially seems odd to not even do the proper 180, they don't even have it symmetrical. @marni1971 ??

disneyglimpsesJul 05, 2022

Glad to see the EPCOT finale was back to its pre-COVID shell count. Disappointed to see only 5 of 11 launch sites used at MK. Hopefully, that will return.

iMaxJul 05, 2022

I feel like the 360° perimeters will be back once Tron construction is finished.