Happy 4th, Orlando!

I’ve had several friends asking where’s the best place to see fireworks this weekend. The nice thing about the Orlando area is that you are never very far from a great firework display. From the theme parks and city displays to private country clubs, there is bound to be at least one you can easily view.

Most of the firework displays are on Saturday evening, which is the actual fourth, but 106.7’s Red, Hot, and Boom concert and firework display is on Friday, the third. This is an incredible event, but beware parking and traffic problems. This venue has yet to solve this hours-long dilemma. Also, beware slowdowns on I-4 during the actual firework display, as cars have actually been known to pull over and park on the side of the interstate to watch. Yikes!

On Saturday, Lake Eola will be another crowded display, with slightly better parking and traffic control (but not by much). Be sure to get to either of these popular events early (by noon or one by the latest) to get a prime seat. Fortunately there are plenty of food and drink vendors (and port-o-lets) to last you, and a picnic from home is always appropriate (and cheaper).

If you are interested in a more old-fashioned celebration, the cities of Sanford, Oviedo, and Winter Park all do a nice job. While definitely less crowded than Eola and Red, Hot & Boom, it won’t feel like it when you are there!

And finally, check around your neighborhood. Several private clubs do great fireworks display that you can enjoy “off property.” For example, the Winter Park Racquet Club does fireworks over Lake Maitland, which can be enjoyed by everyone on the lake. (It has a public boat ramp at Fort Maitland.) And Interlachen Country Club typically does fireworks over its golf course, which is visible by surrounding homes.

At last resort, climb on your roof and you will probably be able to see several fireworks show, albeit from a distance. (But be careful! Emergency room trips are never fun!)

Here’s a brief list of area firework displays for you:

  • Red, Hot & Boom (Friday, July 3)
  • Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando
  • St. Cloud Lake Front
  • Downtown Mt. Dora
  • Avalon Park
  • Celebration
  • Kissimmee Lakefront Park
  • Sanford, Fort Mellon Park
  • Disney
  • Universal

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