Theme parks and DIY-fireworks are not the only options Central Florida offers for celebrating our national holiday.  You can avoid spending big money —  and save yourself from possible injury – by enjoying one (or more) of the following FREE events taking place in and around Orlando, Winter Garden, Oviedo, and our other Central Florida communities between Wednesday July 3 and Saturday July 6, 2019. Most of these events include outstanding fireworks, some of which will light up our local lakes with their brilliant displays.

As with any plans you make for spending a day outdoors during the Florida summer, you might consider bringing along some of the following:

  • Chairs or a blanket
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Water & hydrating snacks like fresh fruits and veggies
  • Rain poncho (and remember, these outdoor events are “weather permitting”)
  • Patience and grace (folks may need an extra helping of each if the weather doesn’t permit the “weather permitting” event for which they have spent a day waiting in the heat)

Whatever you plan to bring, stay flexible.  Permissible items vary by venue so before you pack up that pop-up canopy, cooler, and half-dozen camp chairs, be sure to check out the links that follow for more information axxbout the specifics for each event.  .  For example, many of these family-friendly events do not allow alcohol.  Some may not allow coolers of any kind.  Others require that for the safety of your pet and others, four-legged-friends be left at home.

 

WEDNESDAY JULY 3

Red Hot & Boom

4 pm – 11 pm; Fireworks @ 9:30 pm

Altamonte Springs @ Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Boulevard Altamonte Springs FL 32701

Red Hot & Boom promises an unforgettable night of great performances and synchronized fireworks, come rain or shine.

 

Freedom on the Waterfront

5 pm–9:30 pm; Fireworks after sunset

Mount Dora @ Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N Donnelly St, Mt. Dora, FL 32757

Free parking with shuttle service to and from First Baptist Church Mount Dora at 1000 East 1st Avenue offered to viewers of the City of Mount Dora’s fireworks display over the water.

 

Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash

6 pm –11 pm; Fireworks at 9:15 pm

Orlando @ Baldwin Park Village Center, 4801 New Broad Street, Orlando, FL 32814

This event advertises a spectacularly choreographed fireworks show over Lake Baldwin.

 

 

 

THURSDAY JULY 4

 

4th of July Traditional Parade

10 am

Mount Dora @ Downtown

Interactive patriotic celebration saluting our national holiday; parade begins on Donnelly Street.

 

42ndAnnual Fireworks at the Fountain

4 pm –10 pm; Fireworks after sunset

Orlando@ Lake Eola Park downtown Orlando

Spectacular fireworks show concludes this event that features free music, entertainment and a kids’ play.  Prepare for crowds, street closures and limited parking by using alternative modes of transportation to and from the event such as walking, cycling, and ride-share/carpooling. Free downtown LYMMO (bus) circulator will operate so consider parking at city garages other than the Administration Garage or Library Garage.

 

4thof July Celebration

5 pm – 9 pm; Fireworks at 9 pm

Oviedo @ Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd.,Oviedo, FL 32765

Close out your July 4thwith the free fireworks or come earlier for some of the other free and pay-to-play entertainment.

 

16th Annual All American Kids Parade

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Winter Garden @ Downtown

Kids invited to participate in this event by decorating bikes, scooters or walking shoes.  Parade line up happens at 9:45 am at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 W. Bay Street, Winter, Garden, FL 34787.  Come early for the Pancake Breakfast happening at the Lodge from 8 am -10 am; kids eat free.

 

Party in the Park

6 pm – 9:30 pm; Fireworks @ 9:15pm)

Winter Garden @ Newton Park, 31 W Garden Avenue, Winter Garden

Those coming to enjoy one of the best fireworks displays in West Orange County can find free event parking at Health Central Park and Dillard Street Elementary for those.

 

City of Winter Park’s 24th annual 4th of July Celebration

9 am – 12 pm

Winter Park@ Central Park,150 West Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789

The Mayor’s opening remarks and “Oath of Allegiance” naturalization ceremony for citizenship applicants kicks off this event, followed by performances from Americana artist and Orlando native Sean Holcomb and the Bach Festival Brass Ensemble and Choir.  A Family Fun Kids Zone will include carnival midway games, a “touch-a-truck” area, train rides, and an inflatable slide.  FREE hot dogs, watermelon and water offered while supplies last, courtesy of the Electric Utility Department.  The Annual Bicycle Parade will start at 11:30.  Kids can bring decorated bikes or decorate them at the old bus stop  on the corner of Park Avenue and Morse Boulevard. Additionally, in conjunction with the holiday celebrations, both the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 and theWinter Park History Museum,200 West New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789, will be open and offering FREE admission between9:30 am – 4 pm on July 4, 2019.

 

 

SATURDAY JULY 6

 

Red, White and Blues on the Plaza

Saturday, July 6, 2019

101 W. Plant St, Winter Garden, FL 34787 Contact: 407-656-4111 Cost: Free

Extend your 4th of July celebration through the weekend by enjoying classic blues by the Grimes Alley Blues Band. Bring a chair or grab a swing and enjoy this free live music performance with scenic downtown Winter Garden as the backdrop. Date: July 6, 2019 Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Location: Centennial Plaza Address: