Orlando Event Calendar: July 2022

We've rounded up the best events in July and beyond!

SeaWorld’s Fourth of July Weekend, p. 116. (WALT DISNEY WORLD)

FOURTH OF JULY HAPPENINGS

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO
July 1-4: The night will light up as fireworks spectacular “Ignite 360” takes to the skies above Bayside Stadium, followed by a one-of-a-kind, patriotic finale to SeaWorld’s end-of-day sendoff. Included in park admission. 407-545-5550. seaworld.com

INDEPENDENCE DAY IN CELEBRATION
July 4: A whole day of celebration, beginning with the Independence Day Parade at 9 a.m., starting at the Town Center, followed by the Star Spangled Spectacular with DJs, live music, fun and food, including the Red, White, Blue & You BBQ at Lakeside Park from 5-8 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. 407-566-1200. celebration.fl.us

PATRIOTIC SWING—A SALUTE TO AMERICA
July 2: Wear your red, white and blue and sing along to patriotic and inspiring music from the 1930s through the 1960s and celebrate Orlando Big Band’s 10th year of performing classic big band and swing music. Yankee Doodle Dandies will be joining them onstage to celebrate America. 7:30 p.m. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 407-321-8111. orlandobigband.com. wdpac.com

RED, WHITE & BOOM
July 2-4: Help build LEGOLAND Florida’s American flag during the day and look up for fireworks of exploding LEGO bricks at night. Independence Day celebrations are included with park admission. LEGOLAND Florida Resort, One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven. 888-690-5346. legoland.com

AVALON PARK 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4: Celebrate America’s birthday with an apple pie bake-off, bike parade, wet/dry bounce park, food and beverage vendors, community performances, music and more. Downtown Avalon Park, 3680 Avalon Park East Blvd. 5 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. 407-658-6565. avalonparkorlando.com

SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS IN COCOA
July 4: Gather along the Indian River for Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s annual Fourth of July pops concert and city of Cocoa fireworks show at Riverfront Park. A BSO fundraising barbecue dinner at 6:30 p.m. is $60 members, $75 nonmembers. Concert 8 p.m., fireworks 9:15 p.m. 401 Riveredge Blvd. 321-345-5052. brevardsymphony.com

CLERMONT’S RED, WHITE & BOOM
July 4: Join the celebration at Waterfront Park and vie for first place in the pie-eating and most-patriotic dressed contests. Enjoy live music from The Actual Bank Robbers and culinary specialties from food trucks. End the evening with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. over Lake Minneola. 7-10 p.m. 330 3rd St. 352-708-5975. clermontfl.gov

FIREWORKS AT THE FOUNTAIN
July 4: With the skyline as a backdrop, Orlandoans and visitors are invited to gather around Lake Eola for family fun that includes live music, kids’ activities and food and beverage vendors from 5-10 p.m. Enjoy fireworks set to patriotic music from the Orlando Concert Band at 9:15 p.m. WKMG News 6 will broadcast and livestream the celebration, starting at 8 p.m. Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St. orlando.gov

LEESBURG’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4: Lake County’s largest fireworks show takes place lakefront at Venetian Gardens. Enjoy a full day of family fun with a water ski show, stilt walker, juggler, balloon artist, photo booth, kids’ play zone, festive foods, a concert by Hypersona, a Leesburg Lightning baseball game and more. 6 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m. 109 E. Dixie Ave. 352-365-0053. leesburgpartnership.com

MELBOOM! 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS IN MELBOURNE
July 4: This city east of Orlando hosts an Independence Day celebration at Front Street Park that can be viewed from the beach about two miles away and boats on the Indian River as well as from the riverfront park. 9 p.m. 2205 Front St., Melbourne. 321-608-7000. melbourneflorida.org

STAR-SPANGLED SANFORD
July 4: The city of Sanford hosts Seminole County’s largest Independence Day celebration, with food and beverage vendors, entertainment, live music and, of course, a spectacular fireworks show over Lake Monroe. The party is from 7-10 p.m., with fireworks set for 9:15 p.m. Fort Mellon Park, 60 E. First St. 407-688-5000. sanfordfl.gov

TAVARES 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4: America’s Seaplane City celebrates Independence Day at Wooton Park on Lake Dora with a parade, fireworks, food trucks, live entertainment and more. All day. Wooton Park,100 E. Ruby St. 352-742-6338. tavares.org

WINTER GARDEN PARTY IN THE PARK
July 4: The party returns this year with all the bells and whistles: fireworks, food and fun. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. and wraps with a spectacular pyrotechnic display over Lake Apopka beginning at 9:15 p.m. Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Ave. 407-656-4155. cwgdn.com

WINTER PARK 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4: The city’s 27th annual Independence Day celebration features the sights, sounds and flavors of summer with patriotic music by the Bach Festival Brass Ensemble and Choir along with free cookies, watermelon shaved ice and apple pie—while they last. There’sa free kids’ zone with carnival games at the Community Playground. 9 a.m.-noon. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 255 S. Denning Drive. 407-599-3463. cityofwinterpark.org


SPECIAL EVENTS

EPCOT’S INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL
Through July 4: Take in enchanting topiaries and gather gardening tips while sampling seasonal foods from the outdoor kitchens found throughout the theme park. Enjoy live music while picking up outdoor-living advice you can use at home. Epcot World Showcase, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

LEAF IT IN THE GARDENS!
Through July 31: Dress your kids in their favorite explorer costumes and set them loose for an unbe-leaf-ably good time on a scavenger hunt for 20 special leaves that tell all about these beautiful urban gardens. Free with admission. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org

BUSCH GARDENS SUMMER NIGHTS
Through Aug. 7: Themed party zones with exclusive summer food and drink menus take the theme park experience to the next level. Join in the dance parties and cool off at the Turn It Up! Ice Show. Included with admission. Busch Gardens, 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386. buschgardens.com

SEAWORLD ELECTRIC OCEAN
Through Sept. 5: When the sun goes down, the night lights up with electrifying dance music, colorful lights and a fireworks extravaganza. SeaWorld Orlando. seaworld.com

LEGO AWE-SUMMER CELEBRATION
Through Aug. 7: Family-fun activities, special weekend events, new LEGO friends, colorful LEGO fireworks and more. Included with admission. LEGOLAND Florida Resort, One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven. 888-690-5346. legoland.com

ORLANDO MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 1-3: The inaugural Orlando Music Festival brings Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz and R&B artists to town for some cool sounds under blue skies. Lineup includes Boney James, David Sanborn, Brian Culbertson, Spyro Gyra, Ray Parker Jr. and Pieces of a Dream. 2 p.m. Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. 407-295-3247. orlandoamphitheater.com

AN AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE SPECTACULAR
July 2: A little song. A little dance. A whole lot of fun. Join Maestro Rick Kissinger and his 35-piece band for an evening of cabaret featuring jazz, Klezmer, big band, Latin, Broadway pops and movie blockbusters. 7:30 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

  • July 2: The LCO Chamber Pops Orchestra and Big Band presents An American Vaudeville Spectacular, 7:30 p.m.

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: WERQ THE WORLD 2022
July 9: An experiment goes wrong and the audience is sent spiraling through time. Join Kameron Michaels, Rose, Vanessa Vanjie, Yvie Oddly and all the finalists from the upcoming 14th season as they work their way back to 2022. 8 p.m. Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd., Orlando. 407-351-5483. hardrock.com

SQUAD HOUSE—THE ULTIMATE INFLUENCER TOUR
July 10: If being influenced by today’s most influential influencers is what you live for, this show should not be missed. Meet, interact with and learn from some of the most popular influencers and entertainers on TikTok in a family-friendly and fun environment. 7 p.m. House of Blues, Disney Springs West Side, 1490 E. Buena Vista Drive, Orlando. 407-934-2583. houseofblues.co

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
July 14-Nov.19: Explore the world of culinary treasures on a leisurely tour of marketplaces featuring authentic global foods and beverages while enjoying the sights and sounds at entertainment spots throughout the World Showcase. Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN
July 15: Catch the action live as the superstars of pro wrestling battle for the coveted title. See the Intercontinental Champion Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn, Drew McIntyre, the New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Xavier Wood. 7:45 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. 407-440-7900. amwaycenter.com

PAW PATROL LIVE! THE GREAT PIRATE ADVENTURE
July 30-31: The pups of Paw Patrol rescue Adventure Bay’s Cap’n Turbot, who has fallen into a deep and mysterious cavern, and find a secret pirate map that leads them on an epic adventure. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Addition Financial Arena, 12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando. 407-823-3070. additionfiarena.com

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