Fireworks have been a Fourth of July tradition for decades, but few know how spectacular displays of colorful explosives became part of celebrating independence. On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife and in which he described his vision for the Independence Day celebration. Adams wrote:
“I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
As if with the foresight of a fortuneteller, John Adams’ vision for the future celebrations still rings true to this day—Americans celebrate the freedom of our great nation with family and friends to enjoy games, parades, and most importantly, illuminations. Central Florida knows how to throw a celebration; so much so that it can be difficult to choose an event to attend. AV homes have narrowed down the list to a few of our favorite firework displays and festivities. Here are some family-friendly choices:
® Fireworks at the Fountain – The Independence Day celebration at Lake Eola Park will be on Monday, July 4, 2016. The event starts at 4 p.m. with activities for children, live music, and food and beverages available for purchase. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display at 9 p.m.
® Red, Hot & Boom – (July 3, 2016) The Red, Hot & Boom Independence Day celebration will be held at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs with free admission. The event will feature performances by Daya, Ruth B, Ben Rector and more. Red, Hot & Boom will start at 4 p.m. and will have a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting).
® Red, Brick and Boom at LEGOLAND Florida – (July 4 – July 6, 2016) Visitors of the LEGOLAND Florida park will be able to help build the LEGOLAND American Flag and watch fireworks turn into millions of exploding LEGO® bricks through special 3D glasses. Park admission purchases on any of these days will include admission to Red, Brick and Boom. The park will be open until 9 p.m. on all three days.
® Independence Day at Walt Disney World Resort – (July 4, 2016) Walt Disney World Resort will be holding firework displays at three of its parks:
- “Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” in Magic Kingdom at 9 p.m.
- “IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth” in Epcot at 10 p.m.
- A special July Fourth fireworks presentation in Hollywood Studios at 10 p.m.
- Admissions to all Walt Disney World Resort Independence Day celebrations will be included in regular park admission.
® Independence Day at Universal Orlando Resort – (July 4, 2016) Universal Orlando Resort will allow guests to view a special version of Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular featuring projection technology with lasers and fireworks. Regular park admission to Universal Studios Florida will include admission to the Independence Day event.
® Independence Day at SeaWorld Orlando − (July 4, 2016) SeaWorld will present a special Fourth of July Reflections Show as a part of SeaWorld’s Summer Nights. The show will feature extended fireworks and patriotic music. Regular park admission to SeaWorld Orlando includes admission to the Fourth of July Reflections Show.
® City of Winter Park 21st Annual Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration – (July 4, 2016) The City of Winter Park will host their Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Downtown Central Park at 9:00 a.m. Festivities will begin with the bicycle parade at 9:00 a.m. and free hot dogs, watermelon, and water will be available while supplies last. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will host their Independence Day Open House with free admission from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.