Weekend Happenings: July 3 to 5

Find the best events in and around Orlando for the holiday with our Fourth of July Celebrations Guide!

Friday's Pre-Fourth of July Celebration Events:

Red, Hot, and Boom – Cranes Roost Park – 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Get an early start on the Independence Day holiday weekend with live music, games, vendors, food and a 25-minute fireworks display synchronized with patriotic and contemporary music. For more info: altamonte.org

Independence Day Bash – Baldwin Park – 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Start the evening with a walk through the town center as artists and craftsmen sell their wares. Also available: festival snacks, balloons, face painting, live music and more. Then get a good spot at Harbor Park to see the fireworks. For more info: baldwinparkevents.com

Red, White, and Brew Party – Wall St. Plaza – 9:00 PM

Enjoy no cover charge while celebrating our independence with drink specials, live music, outdoor games, and more. For more info: wallstplaza.net

Fourth of July Celebrations Guide:

All American Kids Parade & Breakfast – Winter Garden Masonic Lodge – 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Breakfast is served in the Masonic Lodge from 8-9:45 a.m. Afterwards, decorate bicycles, scooters and strollers and join in an old-fashioned parade from 10-11 a.m. For more info: cwgdn.com

Olde Fashioned Party in the Park – Winter Park – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Enjoy live patriotic music by the Bach Festival Society, a bike parade, food, games and more. For more info: cityofwinterpark.org

The Big Celebration – Central Florida Zoo – 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Celebrating the 40th birthday of Central Florida Zoo and the zoo’s rhinos with music, games, face painting, crafts and more. For more info: centralfloridazoo.org

4th of Jul-Eye – Orlando Eye – All Day

Celebrate with live entertainment and activities all day long, and watch the lighting of the eye starting at 9:00 PM. For more info: officialorlandoeye.com

Independence Day – Universal Studios – All Day

Enjoy a special version of Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, which combines projection technology with lasers and pyrotechnics. Included in park admission. For more info: universalorlando.com

Fireworks at the Station – Lake Eola – 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM

There’s always a crowd around Lake Eola on the Fourth, so come early and enjoy the music, games, food and drink before the patriotic fireworks start at 9:10 p.m. For more info: cityoforlando.net

4th of July Celebration – Avalon Park – 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Entertainment and activities include an apple pie bake-off, hot dog-eating contest, bike parade, bounce houses and live music, followed by a fireworks display. For more info: avalonpark.com

Party in the Park – Winter Garden – 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Enjoy live music by Speed Limit 70, family activities, food and more, followed by fireworks. For more info: cwgdn.com

Star-Spangled Sanford – Fort Mellon Park – 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Live entertainment, food and drink, the Fort Mellon Park Splash Pad, children’s activities and, after sunset, a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Monroe. For more info: sanfordfl.gov

Independence Day Celebration – Oviedo – 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Music, children’s activities, vendors, and fireworks at Oviedo Mall. For more info: cityofoviedo.net

Independence Day – Seaworld – Dusk

A special Reflections show will feature an expanded fireworks display timed to patriotic music. Included in park admission. For more info: seaworldparks.com

Sci-fi 4th of July – Celebration – 7:00 PM

Celebration Town Center’s annual celebration, with games, live music, bounce houses, and fireworks synchronized to favorite sci-fi movie themes. For more info: celebrationtowncenter.com

Disney's Celebrate America! – Magic Kingdom & Epcot – 9:00 PM

“Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” starts at 9 p.m. in the Magic Kingdom, “IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth” starts at 10 p.m. in Epcot. Disney’s Hollywood Studios will also have a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Included in park admission. For more info: disneyworld.disney.go.com

Saturday & Sunday:

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Dayton International Speedway – Race Times Vary

The Subway Firecracker 250 on Saturday evening will feature NASCAR Xfinity regulars facing off against Sprint Cup Series stars. Events and qualifying races occur all weekend long, with the final Firecracker race starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The 57th annual Coke Zero 400 is Sunday evening; the final race begins at 7:45 p.m. For more info: daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Red, Brick, and Boom – Legoland – Park hours

Families can help build Legoland’s American Flag during the day, then watch fireworks turn into millions of exploding Lego bricks through special 3D glasses. Included in park admission. For more info: florida.legoland.com

For a full lineup of the happenings around town this month, check out our On The Town, pick up the magazine on newsstands, subscribe, or pick up your digital copy today.

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