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The Fourth of July 2017 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute


The Fourth of July at Walt Disney World from yourfirstvisit.netDisney World celebrates the 4th of July at several parks–and on July 3rd as well!

Hours may change a bit later, but here’s the current scoop

On Monday, July 3, 2017, the Magic Kingdom has a special fireworks show “Fantasy in the Sky” at 9p.

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017

  • The Magic Kingdom has the same show at the same time–“Fantasy in the Sky” at 9p
  • Epcot’s Illuminations will likely have a special holiday ending added, and likely will be shifted from its normal 9p time to 10p, and

Moreover, the normal Wednesday evening Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom will happen Monday the 3rd instead.

Those following this site’s FastPass+ High Crowd Itinerary for Walt Disney World will be at Hollywood Studios the 3rd, and Magic Kingdom the 4th. I suggest that instead folks swap the itinerary on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, so they avoid parks wit fireworks entirely, because of the crowds.

If you must see fireworks, you best bet is to add a hopper to your ticket and hop to Magic Kingdom Monday evening.


July is the most consistently crowded month at Disney World, and in the month, visits that include the 4th of July see the highest crowds.

July is the most crowded month because every US schoolkid on a typical (that is, not year-round) calendar has the entire month off.  This is not true of either June or August. Within July, many parents gravitate towards the week of the 4th for their vacations, because since the 4th is a holiday, they need to take one fewer vacation day to get a week off.

And people want to see fireworks on the 4th…so the Disney World parks offering fireworks on the 4th of July will be packed!

For more on July 2017 at Disney World, see this.
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1 Anna { 04.10.17 at 9:22 am }

Are you certain about the timeframe for the Fireworks at Magic Kingdom on July 4th? I keep checking the Disneyworld website and they do not have them listed on the schedule yet. I only ask because we have a dinner at Ohana at 9:35. I am hoping to watch the fireworks at 9 from the beach and then head right in for dinner. Thanks for your response!

2 Kelly B - Agent with Destinations in Florida { 04.10.17 at 4:46 pm }

Anna – Disney’s official calendar has Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks scheduled at 9pm. This is not to say there won’t be a change. But Dave’s time is right.

3 Dave { 04.11.17 at 8:50 am }

Anna, as Kelly noted anything is possible, but they are in the calendar for 9p. See this.

4 Anna { 04.11.17 at 1:56 pm }

Do we know if past years have been at 9:00?

5 Dave { 04.11.17 at 4:27 pm }

Anna, yes in 2016–see this and also–2015 see this

6 Regan { 04.27.17 at 3:43 pm }

You can’t watch the fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian on July 3rd or 4th unless you’re a guest at the hotel. There will be cast members checking magic bands and the area will be roped off.

7 Anna { 05.24.17 at 10:11 am }

We have dinner reservations at O’Hana and will be there already.

8 carolina { 06.05.17 at 3:11 pm }

Hi to everybody,
And happily ever after its going on?
We will vistit magic kingdom on july 4th, but we also want to see the new show… what about it?
we dont want to miss it.

9 Dave { 06.06.17 at 9:48 am }

Carolina, Happily Ever After will not be on either July 3 or July 4, replaced by the special “Fantasy in the Sky” 4th of July fireworks show.

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