top of page
  • Writer's pictureGotta Go Orlando

The U.S. Air Force will take part in a special Military Flyover of Magic Kingdom on the 4th of July

In a surprise announcement, the U.S. Airforce will celebrate Independence Day with a special flyover at Walt Disney World!

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Fly Over Magic Kingdom In Salute To Veterans & Military Families

Walt Disney World have revealed that the U.S. Air Force will conduct a special military flyover of Magic Kingdom at approximately 10:30 am on July 4, honoring 100 years of aerial refueling excellence, and of course celebrating Independence Day!

The flyover will include one KC-135 'Stratotanker' flown by the 91st Air Refueling Squadron based at MacDill Air Force Base.

It will be joined by several F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft flown by the 33rd Fighter Wing based at Eglin Air Force Base. which will soar over Cinderella's Castle.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Fly Over Magic Kingdom In Salute To Veterans & Military Families

The flyover is also the latest example of Disney's long history of support for the military, dating back to Disney's founders, Walt and Roy Disney, who both served their country during the First World War.

That tradition continues today with events like the daily Flag Retreat ceremony at Magic Kingdom Park, where an active-duty military member or veteran is selected from the park's daily visitors to be honored. T

he Walt Disney Company has also been a leading proponent of hiring, training and supporting military veterans with the Heroes Work Here initiative, the Heroes Supply Here program and Disney's Veterans Institute.


U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Fly Over Magic Kingdom In Salute To Veterans & Military Families

Walt Disney World will be celebrating the red, white and blue this 4th of July with a variety of special events including spectacular fireworks, read on for all the details.

Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky

Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom

8:30am to 9:00am - Early Entry

9:00am to 11:00pm - Operating hours

Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky

A spectacular 14-minute fireworks spectacular high above Cinderella Castle on Main Street U.S.A. is presented on July 3, and July 4 at Magic Kingdom.

This year's fireworks spectacular is scheduled for 9.20 pm.

The Hall Of President at Magic Kingdom

Who better to celebrate America’s independence with than past and present U.S. presidents? At Walt Disney World, The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Park provides a unique opportunity to see, and hear, animatronic versions of the nation’s leaders.

In addition to the centerpiece, 25-minute experience, the attraction also offers a self-guided tour of various replicas and artifacts from U.S. history. Enjoy any day.

The Flag Retreat at Magic Kingdom

You won’t want to miss the Flag Retreat which takes place at 5:00 p.m. each day on Main Street U.S.A. where guests can pledge allegiance as the flag is lowered, this special ceremony includes a veteran being selected for the honor.

Dance Parties

DJ dance parties take place throughout Magic Kingdom to celebrate the 4th of July.

Walt Disney World - EPCOT

8:30am to 9:00am - Early Entry

9am to 9pm - Operating hours

Live Entertainment

A cappella vocal group Voices of Liberty will perform numbers from the American songbook beneath the rotunda in The American Adventure

Favorite Disney pals will don their "Spirit of '76" attire and meet with guests throughout the day at The American Adventure.

Patriotic bites and sips in honor of the nation's birthday will be available for a limited time. At EPCOT, look for a Fourth of July Liege Waffle, available on July 4 only at Connections Café.

American Adventure

The American Adventure spotlights American history and heritage. The show is a journey through important moments in America’s history narrated by Audio-Animatronic figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. Enjoy everyday.

Spaceship Earth

The icon will light up in red, white, and blue for the 4th of July holiday!

4th of July Fireworks

A Fourth of July fireworks tag, 'The Heartbeat of Freedom," will follow the regular nightly performance of "EPCOT Forever" at 9pm.

For the very latest news and information from Orlando and Central Florida, check back often here at Gotta Go Orlando as we keep you informed throughout the day, every day.

You can also keep up to date on our socials, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

Plus, subscribe to the Gotta Go Orlando YouTube Channel, your free guide to Orlando.

Please Note:

Gotta Go Orlando is your free guide to all the amazing happenings in Orlando. Every day we offer the most up to date news and information on the best of Orlando and Central Florida.

We are supported by our advertisers via digital ads, sponsored content, and affiliate links, articles may be paid for, or contain affiliate links where we could earn money if you purchase products or services via a link our site.


Emma Walton News Producer

Emma Walton

  • Instagram

News Producer

Shane Walton News Producer

Shane Walton

  • Instagram

News Producer

Aly Mac News Editor

Alastair Mac

  • Instagram

News Editor

bottom of page