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12 ways to celebrate 'Merica this 4th of the July in Orlando 


Freedom on the Waterfront Live music and a spectacular fireworks show at sundown. 5 pm; Elizabeth Evans Park, 510 N Baker St., Mt. Dora; free; 352-735-7183;

Red, Hot & Boom Live music and one of the largest fireworks shows in the area. 4-11 pm; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8180;


4th of July Apple pie bake-offs, hot-dog eating contest, bike parade and more, followed by a firework show. 5-9 pm; Avalon Park, 3702 Avalon Park East Blvd.; free; 407-658-6565;

Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July concert in the sky. 9 pm; Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; cost of admission; 407-939-5277;

Fireworks at the Fountain Thousands of Central Florida residents and visitors gather at Lake Eola Park for the 39th annual Fireworks at the Fountain. 4 pm; Lake Eola Park, Eola Drive, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; free; 321-281-2185;

Independence Day at Universal Orlando Resort guests can enjoy a special version of the popular Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, a cinematic adventure that combines cutting-edge projection technology with lasers and pyrotechnics to bring movies to life like never before. 8 am-10 pm; Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd.; cost of admission; 407-363-8000;

July 4th Celebration of Freedom A parade, food, live music and fireworks at dusk. 10 am-5 pm; Central Winds Park, 1000 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs; free; 407-327-6593;

July 4th Lakefront Celebration More than 15,000 people flow into St. Cloud Lakefront for food, fun, music and much more. Vendors and exhibitors from all over Central Florida wow the crowds all day long. St. Cloud Lakefront Park, 250 Lake Shore Blvd., St. Cloud; free; 407-892-3671;

Party in the Park Bring a chair, blanket or have a seat in the grass for this annual Winter Garden tradition, and keep your eyes on the sky for a fireworks display. 5-9:30 pm; Newton Park, 29 Garden Ave., Winter Garden; free; 407-877-5432;

Star Spangled Sanford Live entertainment, a splash pad and fireworks over Lake Monroe. 4-10 pm; Fort Mellon Park, 1000 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-688-5120;

Symphony Under the Stars Live concert and fireworks display. 8 pm; Cocoa Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa; free; 321-242-2219.

Traditional Parade Celebrate independence with a traditional downtown parade. The parade kicks off on Donnelly Street with an interactive patriotic celebration that salutes our nation's holiday. Donnelly Park, N. Baker Street and E. Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora; free; 352-385-1418;


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