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Florida travel guide for the Fourth of July

June 11, 2009


The Fourth of July lands conveniently on a Saturday this year — so it’s easy to celebrate Independence Day with a trip to take in a variety of festivities that are featured in various parts of Florida.

Here are some noteworthy ones:

Cape Coral — The Red, White and Boom Celebration on Cape Coral Bridge and Cape Coral Parkway (shut down between the bridge and Del Prado Boulevard beginning in the afternoon of July 4) offer entertainment on two stages. It’s a street party expected to draw more than 50,000 people. Four bands will entertain and a children’s carnival will keep youngsters happy. Vendors will sell food and beer and at dusk visitors will be able to watch fireworks over the river from land or boat. For details, call 239-549-6900. For information on Cape Coral and surrounding area, visit

Cocoa — Historic Cocoa Village puts on a free July 4th Celebration at Cocoa Village Riverfront Park Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. on July 4. The Brevard Symphony Orchestra will perform a patriotic concert and fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. as the orchestra continues to play simultaneously. Children’s activities and food court will be available (nominal charge). Bring your lawn chair. Cocoa Village is in the restored downtown of Cocoa between U.S. 1 and the Indian River adjacent to State Road 520.Visit

Daytona Beach — On and off the track there are fireworks during the Coke Zero 400 (formerly known as the Pepsi 400 and the Firecracker 400) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. And this year it’s a double header on July 4 with the Brumos Porsche 250 in addition to the Coke Zero 400. A variety of packages and tickets are available for purchase. Visit

Kissimmee — The July 4 Celebration is a free event at Kissimmee Lakefront Park. The patriotic event includes a fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. Kids’ activities will be available. Kissimmee Lakefront Park is located at 101 Lakeshore Boulevard. Entertainment and activities are held at various locations throughout the park. For details, visit

Orlando — Orlando’s theme parks are always ready to celebrate and Independence Day is no exception. All four Walt Disney World theme parks present special shows to mark July 4. Most notable perhaps are the celebrations at the Magic Kingdom presenting SpectroMagic (lighted parade) and Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert In The Sky on July 4. Incidentally, the park’s Audio-Animatronics figure of President Barack Obama is currently slated to be in place at the park’s Hall of Presidents “in early July,” according to Disney, so it could be that it is available to be viewed on the Fourth. For its part, Epcot presents a special holiday fireworks display along with its laser/music/fireworks spectacular, IllumiNations on July 4. The festivities are included in park admission: $75 for adults; $63 for children. Visit

At Universal Orlando, visitors may take in a special version of Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, complete with patriotic finale and fireworks display. The show is included in regular park admission: $75 for adults; $63 for children. Visit

And in Orlando itself, festivities include Fireworks At The Fountain, a free fireworks display and laser show on July 4. Visitors may pack a picnic basket and blanket and head out to Lake Eola for the celebration. Visit

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