2018 Fourth of July fireworks and entertainment line-up

Jun 12, 2018 in "Fourth of July at Walt Disney World"

Fourth of July at Walt Disney World
Posted: Tuesday June 12, 2018 2:30pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Fourth of July is always a fireworks bonanza at Walt Disney World, and here is the line-up for 2018. 

Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky
Show starts at 9:15pm on July 3 and July 4.

DJs will host dance parties in Frontierland and Tomorrowland on July 3 and July 4.


IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth with special July 4 finale
9pm on July 4.

The Voices of Liberty a cappella group will perform traditional Americana songs on the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

Disney Characters dressed in Independence Day attire will meet guests during the day at The American Adventure.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
10pm on July 4.

Patriotic Treats

Select theme parks and resorts will offer exclusive dessert items in honor of Independence Day. Examples include:

  • A Fourth of July cupcake featuring an apple-pie filling at Creature Comforts and Isles of Java at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • A sparkly red-white-and-blue coconut macaroon dipped in white chocolate at BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort.
  • Patriotic dipped strawberries and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse mini-domes at Amorette’s at Disney Springs.

The Fourth at the Fort

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will offer several special events around the Fourth of July holiday:

  • The Fourth of July 5K Run will take place Tuesday, July 3. Pre-registration is available June 24-30 from 9am-5pm at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn. On-site registration begins at 7am in the field next to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ; the run begins from that location at 7:30am.
  • The Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade begins at 4pm on July 4. Registration will be open June 24-30 from 9am-5pm. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn.
  • The Fourth of July Beach Bash at Clementine’s Beach will take place from 6-11pm on July 4. Guests will enjoy a live DJ, dancing, games, contests, a movie, and more. In addition, the Fort Wilderness food truck will be available in the settlement area with delicious items for purchase.
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DisoneJul 06, 2018

No. The rains rolled in at about 830ish. I was on the beach prior to that. We did leave during the rainstorm, as advised by the cast members because of lighting. We returned later after the rains with no issue.

RagerunnerJul 05, 2018

Was it after the rain storm?

DisoneJul 05, 2018

No sir. I did not have a wristband and I saw from the beach and a Polynesian cast member direct me how to get onto the beach. I'm speaking from first-hand knowledge here. Not hearsay.

RagerunnerJul 05, 2018

The only way to get on the beach is have a wristbands. The only people with wristbands are hotel guest and people with dinner reservations at one of the Polynesian restaurants.

SirwalterraleighJul 05, 2018

...7th layer of hell... Is that land just opened?

DisoneJul 05, 2018

There were wristbands but they were not for restricting the resort to Resort guests only. I won't go into details as to what they were for but I can assure you that if you were to park in the Magic Kingdom parking lot and take the monorail to one of those two Resorts, the Polynesian or the Grand Floridian, you would have no problem getting off the monorail and enjoying the resort and watching the fireworks from that location. They did have fences along the beach at the Polynesian but that was mainly for crowd control. There are openings in the fences and you are allowed to go on to the beach and watch the fireworks.

DisneyFans4LifeJul 05, 2018

We were at the Poly last night and the fireworks were great, though the audio was horrible; I think they had speakers not working or something because we could only hear music from far away. Nonetheless...we were glad we waited!

JohnDJul 05, 2018

After a quick review of Wikipedia, you could argue that since Tchaikovsky conducted it at the dedication of Carnegie Hall, it became an American staple.

Kevin_WJul 05, 2018

I know this is a staple (my local fireworks played it last night for the finale), but why do we celebrate our independence with a song written to commemorate the Russian victory over the French?

winstongatorJul 05, 2018

I’ve watched Wishes from there. The 4th from there or contemporary, or(and) Epcot area resorts is in my long term plans.

rle4lunchJul 05, 2018

Watched the live stream last night. Awesome show!!!

disney4life2008Jul 05, 2018

From 11 to closing everything is walk on with a few exceptions that are 20 minutes. Foolish mortals paying 100 extra for Disney after hours lol

GringrinngghostJul 05, 2018

Almost Complete (Possibly missing a few mins at the beginning) rip of the broadcast, When they are cleared to go is at: 39:30 The show starts at: 53:26

RagerunnerJul 05, 2018

We find one of the best locations to watch the 4th of July fireworks for the Magic Kingdom is from the beach area at the Polynesian Resort. They even play the music.