Fourth of July at the Theme Parks

2014 Event Info
Plan on spending the holiday at a theme park? Then here's the line up for Thursday, July 4, 2014's events at each of the parks:

Magic Kingdom
A 14-minute, 360-degree fireworks spectacular rockets into the air Thursday and Friday night at 9 p.m. with ”Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” July 3rd and 4th.

On the Fourth of July, Epcot's nightly fireworks show, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, will be enhanced with a special fireworks tag at the end of the show. The show is at 10 p.m. In addition, Epcot guests may lend their ears to "Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert" and meet with Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and Disney characters adorned in patriotic dress at American Adventure.

Hollywood Studios
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the "Rockin' 4th of July" celebration will begin at the sorcerer hat with a DJ at 6pm, along with performances by Mulch, Sweat & Shears at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm and end it with a grand finale of fireworks at 10:15pm.

Animal Kingdom
You're out of luck for special 4th of July fireworks here.

SeaWorld is adding some extra celebratory fun to their already energy-packed Summer Nights for July 4th. 
"Don’t miss this year’s Fourth of July Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando, where the seas awake after dusk to beautiful, bursts of bright fireworks.  Take in the awe-inspiring whales and light spectacle at the all-new nighttime show Shamu’s Celebration: Light up the Night, featuring new, original music and production elements, as well as new killer whale behaviors. Head over to Bayside Stadium next and end the evening with an even bigger bang; catch a magnificent, patriotic-inspired show featuring 25 singers and a nine piece band that is topped off with a special Fourth of July firework finale"
Source: SeaWorld

Universal Orlando Resort
After contacting Universal's PR department regarding any special events, shows or activities, we were told "we don't have anything specific to the holiday". Universal often waits until the very last second to announce they've added a DJ or small band. We'll update this information if something new comes up. However, at a minimum, we expect to see a special tag during the nightly Cinematic Spectacular show.

Alternate Option: Downtown Celebration
Looking for that home-town, old-fashioned 4th of July? You might want to transport back in time and visit Disney's previously owned 'perfect' town. Here you will find "A Sci-Fi 4th of July". Live music, free admission and free parking might sound good to your wallet too. For the full event schedule, see their site here


-----::: Comments, Suggestions & Tips :::-----

If you plan on partying at a theme park on the 4th, understand that you will not be alone, but with about a million other like-minded park-goers. The Magic Kingdom is by far the worst as far as crowd levels - the park quite often hits capacity around 4pm or so, and if it does hit capacity, they won't let anyone in after that. If you absolutely must spend your holiday in this park, you have to get there early and not leave all day. Not our cup of tea.

Epcot. Slightly better here as it's a larger park capacity wise. It still will be just about the busiest you will ever see it. People will be camped out early for the 'best spot' for Illuminations later. We've even seen scores of hot folk napping out in the grassy patches. This park will not likely ever hit capacity, so squeeze in – there's room for one more!

On the other hand, Hollywood Studios is usually a much more "managable-but-crowded" day at the park. 

Downtown Disney – We have not heard about anything special taking place here. Considering half this area (RIP Pleasure Island, *sniff*) is dead at night anyway, I don't know why they'd bother. Will update if we hear otherwise.

SeaWorld – We have yet to experience 4th of July at this park, but we may be attending this year. Similar advice though, get there early and be prepared for the heat and crowds. We do enjoy the DJ booths they have entertaining during the regular Summer Nights event, so we think it'll keep the crowd even more energized throughout the night.

Universal Resort – We've spent a few July 4ths between the two parks here. A few years ago we took in a Blue Man Group show and got out just in time to catch the old Cinesphere show. We then waited out the masses leaving the park by having a cocktail or two at CityWalk. (Waiting out the crowds here is highly recommended by us - one year it took nearly 2 hours to get out of the parking lot to I-4).  

If you do decide to brave the masses and go out, put on your patience pants (actually, go for the patience shorts) and remember to enjoy yourself and have a good time!

From all of us at Party Through The Parks, Happy 4th of July!

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