How will you spend your Independence Day weekend? If you are unsure, we have some suggestions. Celebrating the 4th of July can get expensive with barbecues and beach trips, but we have you covered with inexpensive events to have an explosive good time. For money-conscious celebrators, here are 10 free things to do around Orlando to commemorate the Declaration of Independence and John Hancock's ballsy signature.
Stop by this annual Winter Garden tradition with live music by Speed Limit 70, family activities, food and more. Fireworks will decorate the sky over Lake Apopka at 9:15 p.m., and parking will be available at Health Central Park and Dillard Street Elementary.
When: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 4
Venue: Newton Park, 29 Garden Ave., Winter Garden
Watch a fireworks show set to a sci-fi themed soundtrack in Celebration. You can dress up as your favorite sci-fi villain or hero for the evening’s costume contest at 7:30. For kids and teens, the family-friendly event will also have bounce bounces, face painting, and a jousting area.
When: 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 4
Venue: Celebration Town Center, 610 Sycamore St., Celebration
Attend a costume-themed, rock and roll, hip-hop funk evening to celebrate the nation and local artists. Dress up as Uncle Sam, a solider, or anything American for grand prizes while dancing to DJ Cub and Wyatt Becker. There will also be guest appearances by Phraydoe Peans, American Jesus, Tears of a Tyrant and more.
When: 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, July 4
Venue: West End Trading Co., 202 S. Sanford Ave.
Enjoy no cover all night at Parliament House to ring in 4th of July. Expect to be entertained at Orlando's largest gay dance club and bar with DJ Scott Robert scoring the evening and a female impersonation show playing at 10 and midnight.
When: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, July 4
Venue: Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail
For those of you who love Gay Days but feel it’s a little heavy on the circuit and a little light on the wholesome, your time has come. Enter Family Outfest – a weeklong vacation event that celebrates modern and LGBT families with discounted tickets and hotel rates. The week culminates with Red, Out and Equal at Lake Ivanhoe – an LGBT family-oriented Independence Day celebration.
When: noon-9 p.m. Saturday, July 5
Venue: Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 N. Orange Ave.
Be treated to live music, a beer garden, and fireworks display at Harbor Park. The food and beer garden will feature a main stage with live entertainment from Eirrin Abu, Room 2, and DJ BradmasterJ. Go early, stake out your perfect viewing spot and enjoy a cheorograhped fireworks show over Lake Baldwin at 9:15 p.m.
When: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5
Venue: Baldwin Park Village Center, 4953 New Broad St.
Have a rockin’ time with live music from a funk, folk and blues fusion band. The soulful musicians will play at the deck bar of Pisces Rising--a quaint seafood and steak house that overlooks Lake Dora.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 5
Venue: Pisces Rising, 239 W. Fourth Ave., Mount Dora
Support a solo show by Orlando artist Brandon Guerts featuring works from his series, Vespertines. Geurts’ work revels in blood, in bones, in dark caverns filled with even darker beauty. He shares his fascination with exposing subterranean rot and digging a window to the sparkling jewels that live underground with giants like H.R. Giger and David Lynch – two of his declared influences.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 5
Venue: The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St.
Bring your pet to a dog friendly day at Orlando Brewing.The local brewery has hand crafted beer since 2006 and offers free tours with complimentary samplings every Saturday.
When: 1-9 p.m. Sunday, July 6
Venue: Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave.
Listen to the soaring vocal melodies and clever lyrical charms of bluegrass artist, Laney Jones. You can check out the enchanting performer with vivacious spunk at Lil’ Indies—a music venue right next door to Will’s Pub.
When: 9 p.m. Sunday, July 6
Venue: Lil’ Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.