Happy 4th of July from The Sunshine State

July 2012

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!  By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall. – John Dickinson



Epcot 4th of July

Epcot’s 4th of July show starts off with the Illuminations Reflections of Earth firework show that can best be viewed from the entrance of World Showcase just left of the gift shops on the way to the Mexico Pavilion. Immediately following Illuminations, Epcot blasts 4 minutes of almost uninterrupted pyrotechnics over historic audibles of ask not what not your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. The grand finale is led by Glory, Glory, Hallelujah (Lay My Burden Down) that starts out at the American Pavilion and then flows into the entire center of World Showcase Lagoon. The fireworks begin at 10 PM.




Magic Kingdom 4th of July

The Magic Kingdom celebrates America with traditional American songs playing with fireworks blasting behind Cinderella Castle with such listings as She’ll be Coming ’round the Mountain and This Land is Your Land. The finale is reserved for the United States Star-Spangled Banner National Anthem with firework bombs bursting behind the Castle while they are being sung to bursting in air. Part of the firework show also features a set full of screamers. The Magic Kingdom show can be seen on both July 3, 2012 and July 4, 2012. The fireworks begin both nights at 9 PM.

Disney Hollywood Studios

The Fourth of July is one of the few times during the year that Hollywood Studios has fireworks behind the Sorcerer Mickey Hat. In 2011, Hollywood Studios introduced a new rock and roll Independence Day firework show with fireworks choreographed to live music by their Mulch, Sweat, and Shears house band called “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” that covered songs from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more.
Some of the cover songs from the 2011 show included Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fire, Give Me All Your Loving, I’m a Believer, Don’t Stop Believing, Thanks for the Memories, Smooth, Lithium, Even Flow, Look for America, Good Love, Born to Run, Ramblin’ Man, and Free Bird. The fireworks started at 9:45 PM in 2011. We will update this article if the fireworks are confirmed for Hollywood Studios again in 2012.


Sounds Like Summer Concert Series -JUN 10 – JUL 28


Celebrate summer with the sounds of some of the world’s greatest tribute bands honoring groups such as U2, the Bee Gees, Bon Jovi, the Eagles and more!

Concerts are held lagoonside at the open-air America Gardens Theatre at Epcot.
Showtimes are 5:45 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. (July 4th showtimes are 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.)
Concerts are included with theme park admission.
Enjoy talented tribute bands as they perform authentically recreated classic hits of legendary musical icons.








Kissimmee Sports Arena Rodeo – JUL 28                           


For visitors looking for action, the


monthly rodeos are sure to deliver! With bull and bronc riding, barrel racing,
roping and more, you’ll see cowboys and cowgirls competing for bragging rights
as they honor the traditions of the past.
Rodeo begins at 7 p.m.
Admission is $25 for adults; $10 for children 6 to 12; free for 5 and
Enjoy a modern day rodeo showcasing traditions of
the past.
Kissimmee Sports Arena
1010 Suhls Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34741

A Flashback 4th of July, JUL 04



Enjoy a 4th of July celebration, packed with activity, including a costume contest, live music and fireworks spectacular, all themed by a fabulous decade! Concert begins at 8 p.m.

Fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

Celebrate Independence Day at this annual retro event!

Celebration Town Center



Fireworks at the Fountain

Fireworks at the Fountain in Downtown Orlando is Orlando’s best firework show on Independence Day outside of the theme parks and draws a big crowd so arrive early to secure a good viewing spot.  The city suggests utilizing LYMMO bus services to get from downtown parking garages to the park. Prior to the show, patriotic festivities will begin at 4 pm with live music, food and a kid’s entertainment area.


Hearts of Reality “A Survivor Weekend” Summer Sidewalk  

Sale –

July 26th – July 29th




Don’t miss the chance to shop and mingle with former stars of Survivor, Big Brother, The Amazing Race and other reality shows as they invade the tranquil streets of Celebration for this weekend-long event! In addition to the Sidewalk Sale and various meet and greet/autograph opportunities, visitors may pick up a “treasure map” from one of the restaurants and participate in a Sales Survivor Treasure Hunt throughout Celebration Town Center. One lucky winner will be awarded with $500 worth of cash and prizes.




Mingle with some of reality television’s brightest stars while snapping up shopping bargains! 

Celebration Town Center
















Harry Potter Conference Returning to Orlando this July – Tickets available for Private Wizard World Party

Ascendio and their “Night of a Thousand Wizards” are returning to Universal Orlando Resort this July 12 through 15, 2012. Ascendio, dubbed as Infinitus in 2010, is a Harry Potter conference (or convention), and features presentations, music, meet-ups and social events. Their Night of a Thousand Wizards 2 is an exclusive after-hours event at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Night of a Thousand Wizards 2 will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and will run until 1 a.m. Friday morning. There will be a DJ spinning music, lashings of Butterbeer, podcast recordings and more. Fans will also be able to stroll through Hogsmeade in full costume (a privilege extended exclusively to the event) and have no waits through the queue for Forbidden Journey, Dragon Challenge and Hippogriff.
Ascendio 2012 will take place at the Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel. In addition to the feature presentations, roundtables, special guests and more, there will be a vendor room open all four days featuring, of course, Potter related clothing, merchandise and memorabilia.

Universal Orlando Resort’s Summer Concert Series Continues

through July 14th

On six Saturday nights in June and July, Universal Orlando Resort will host a diverse lineup of artists performing live concerts inside the Universal Studios Florida theme park.  The Summer Concert Series kicks off with the cast of the Nickelodeon’s TV series, “Victorious,” on Sat., June 9, and continues each Saturday with live performances from different musical genres including classic rock, alternative, country, hip hop, and soulful R&B.  Each concert is included with the price of theme park admission, but Universal is also offering a concert only ticket providing access after 7pm for $59.99.

2012 Universal Summer Concert Series Lineup

July 7  Lupe Fiasco

July 14 TBD





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