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Where to celebrate the Fourth of July in the Orlando area

July 3, 2014
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Looking for something to do on the Fourth of July? Here is a list of the best Independence Day events happening in the Orlando area this weekend:

July 3

Red Hot and Boom
Live music and one of the largest fireworks shows in the area. 9:30 p.m. Thursday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8857; uptownaltamonte.com

July 3-4

Fourth of July
Annual Margaritaville Party for Jimmy Buffett fans and people who just want to dance. Food, fireworks and more. 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 3-10 p.m. Friday St. Cloud Lakefront; free; 407-892-3671; stcloudflchamber.com

Disney’s Celebrate America: Fourth of July Concert in the Sky
Special fireworks every night of the week, with a patriotic parade featuring Goofy, Donald and Pluto preceding the Festival of Fantasy Parade. 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday; Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; included with park admission; 407-939-5277; limitedtimemagic.com

Red, White and Brew Block Party
Two days of holiday shenanigans with live music, karaoke and all of the regular craziness that Wall Street has to offer. 9 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Friday; Wall Street Plaza, 26 Wall St.; $10; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net

July 3-7

Independence Weekend at the Parliament House
A whole weekend of parties with DJs, USO shows with Gidget Galore, free fireworks, foam parties and the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; free; 407-425-7571; parliamenthouse.com

July 4

Fourth of July Celebration
Apple pie bake-offs, hot-dog eating contest, bike parade and more, followed by a firework show. 5-9 p.m. Friday; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; 407-658-6565; avalonpark.com

Fourth of July in Colonialtown
Hosted by the Colonialtown North Neighborhood Association, this family-friendly block party is a quiet, safe event free of drunks and elbowing strangers. Enjoy a patriotic bike parade through Colonialtown as you make your way to Lake Highland for some fireworks and picnicking. 7 p.m. Friday; Bike decorating at 1504 Canton St., fireworks at Lake Highland Park, 501-699 Lake Highland Drive; free; facebook.com/colonialtownnorth

23rd annual Hunter Vision July 4th Watermelon 5k Run/Walk
Come join the July 4th Watermelon 5k Run through Park Avenue in Winter Park. Funds raised from the event will support the Track Shack Foundation. In addition to the run, there will be a watermelon-eating competition. 7 a.m. Friday; Central Park, 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; 407-599-3334; trackshack.com

Abearica
A costume-themed, rock & roll, hip-hop funk evening to celebrate the nation and local artists. 6 p.m. Friday; West End Trading Company, 202 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford; free; 407-322-7475; drinkatwestend.com

All-American Kids Parade and Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast and decorations to adorn bicycles, scooters, strollers and wagons and games at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge. Sponsored by the Masonic Lodge, Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and the Downtown Merchants’ Association. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday; Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 W. Bay St., Winter Garden; multiple prices; 407-656-3244; cwgdn.com

A Sci-Fi Fourth of July
Movie-themed costume contest, live music by bands and a fireworks show set to a sci-fi themed soundtrack. 5:30 p.m. Friday; Celebration Town Center, 610 Sycamore St., Celebration; free; 407-566-4007; celebrationtowncenter.com

Celebration of Freedom
Parade, food, live music and fireworks at dusk. 5-9:30 p.m. Friday; Central Winds Park, 1000 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs; free; 407-327-6597; winterspringsfl.org

City of Kissimmee 2014 Monumental July 4th Celebration
Tribute bands tip their caps to the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, followed by a Tribute to America and firework show. 5-9 p.m. Friday; 101 Lakeshore Blvd., Kissimmee; free; 407-518-2503; kissimmee.org

City of Winter Park Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Wear your red, white and blue, bring a blanket or beach chair and gather with family and friends to enjoy this Winter Park tradition. Featuring live patriotic music performed by the Bach Festival Brass Band and the Bach Festival Choir, horse-drawn wagon rides and much more. The Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Board will be providing a free bike valet service for those who want to bike to the event. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday; Central Park, 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-599-3463; cityofwinterpark.org

City of Orlando’s Fireworks at the Fountain
Patriotic celebration with food, beverages, kids area, entertainment on two stages and a fireworks display. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday; Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave.; free; cityoforlando.net

I-4 Fest
Artists, food, drinks and over 26 bands, featuring Moonmen from Mars, Luscious Lisa, the Woolly Bushmen, Happy Valley, Uncle Tonto, Tam Tam the Sandwich Man and many more. noon-midnight Friday; Austin’s Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-975-3364; austinscoffee.com

July 4th Celebration with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra
Free concert from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra as they play along with a fantastic fireworks display over the Indian River. 8-9:45 p.m. Friday; Cocoa Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa Beach; free; 321-639-3500

Party in the Park
Bring a chair, blanket or have a seat in the grass for this annual Winter Garden tradition with live music by Speed Limit 70, family activities, food and more. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday; Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden; free; cwgdn.com

Red, Brick and Broom
Fireworks show and more. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; Legoland, One Legoland Way, Winter Haven; $84; 877-350-5346; legoland.com

SeaWorld Orlando’s Fourth of July Celebration
Fireworks and music at the Bayside Stadium. 9:30 p.m. Friday; SeaWorld, 7007 Seaworld Drive; included with admission; 888-800-5447; seaworld.com

Star Spangled Sanford
Food and drinks, live entertainment and a splash pad and fireworks over Lake Monroe. 5-10 p.m. Friday; Fort Mellon Park, 600 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407.688.5120; sanfordfl.gov

July 5

’Merica
A day full of live music, competitions, hot rods and hot broads, big beards and cold beers all while pinup models strut around in vintage swimwear. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; Johnny’s Fillin’ Station, 2631 S. Fern Creek Ave.; $5; 407-894-6900; johnnysfillinstation.com

Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash
Family-friendly event with kids games, live entertainment and music, art displays, food and beer vendors and a fireworks display at Lake Baldwin. 5:30 p.m. Saturday; Lake Baldwin Park, 2380 Lake Baldwin Lane; free; 407-740-5838; baldwinparkevents.com

Independence for the Animals Vegan Potluck Picnic
Join ARFF for an old-fashioned summertime picnic with your pets. 2 p.m. Saturday; Mead Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive; $5-$10; 407-986-2400; arff.org

July 5th Hangover Party
Evening of punk and rock & roll with I Woke Up Late for My Funeral, Shake the Castle Wall, Sacred Owls and Whiskey Faithful. 8 p.m. Saturday; Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall, 1016 N. Mills Ave.; $5; 407-898-0009

Red, Out and Equal
Family Outfest picnic, live entertainment, fun zone, water activities and fireworks over Lake Ivanhoe. noon-9 p.m. Saturday; Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 N. Orange Ave.; free; familyoutfest.com

Star-Spangled Summer Concert
Outdoor summer concert series at the Historic Bandshell on the beach followed by fireworks. 7:15 p.m. Saturday; Daytona Beach Bandshell, Oceanfront Park, Daytona Beach; free; 386-671-8250; bandshell.info

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