Celebrate the 4th of July, Central Florida Style

Central Florida is an exciting place to spend the 4th of July holiday, with many options to suit any interests. Whether you want to spend the holiday outside enjoying the sunshine or inside keeping cool and being entertained, you can definitely find the right place to do it in Orlando or the surrounding area. Here are some of our favorite ways to spend the holiday and best places to see spectacular fireworks!

Red Hot and Boom, Altamonte Springs

One of Central Florida’s most popular events every year is Red, Hot, and Boom, which brings thousands to the area around Crane’s Roost. The event starts at 4 pm with live music and food vendors all around the area and caps off at 9:30 with fireworks. The fireworks are synchronized to music and can be seen from any location near the water. This event is well known and gets pretty crowded, so show up early and bring a blanket or chairs so you can get comfy. Big name performers, food, drinks, and fireworks. Monday, July 3, 4-11 pm; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863; altamonte.org.

The Orlando Eye, International Drive

A newer attraction, The Orlando Eye, is establishing itself as a destination for the holiday weekend by holding a celebration every night of the long weekend. Each evening, there will be music and family activities at the base of the 400-foot observation wheel. At 9 pm every night, the entire wheel will be lit up in red, white and blue LED lights for a patriotic light show. Whether you choose to ride the wheel or not, you should still have a great view.

Independence Day Bash, Baldwin Park

Baldwin Park celebrates every Independence Day with a party around Lake Baldwin. The community gathers for a festival with music and food in the Village Center area, which ends at 9:30 with fireworks over the lake. This event is great for families or people who want to avoid the larger crowd at Red Hot and Boom while still seeing a great free fireworks show.

More Local Events…

Fireworks at the Fountain
Thousands of Central Florida residents gather for a firework’s display and laser show. Tuesday, July 4, 4-10 pm; Lake Eola Park, Eola Drive, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; free; cityoforlando.net.

Fourth of July Party
Celebrate independence with grilled meat and patriotically themed decorations. Sunday, July 2, 4:30-10 pm; FUSE-Young Adults, 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo; free.

Independence Day Celebration
An old-fashioned Independence Day celebration with live music and fireworks at dusk. Monday, July 3, 5 pm; Elizabeth Evans Park, 510 N. Baker St., Mt. Dora; free; ci.mount-dora.fl.us.

Disney’s Celebrate America!
A Fourth of July concert in the sky. Tuesday, July 4, 9 pm; Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; cost of admission; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.disney.go.com.

Fourth of July Celebration
Fireworks, food trucks, craft vendors, bounce houses and more. Tuesday, July 4, 5-9 pm; Avalon Park, 3702 Avalon Park East Blvd.; free; downtownavalonpark.com.

Independence Day at SeaWorld
A special Fourth of July Reflections show featuring an expanded fireworks show timed to patriotic music. Show begins at 10 pm on Tuesday, July 4; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; cost of admission; 407-363-2613; seaworld.com.

Independence Day at Universal
A special version of the popular Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, a cinematic adventure that combines cutting-edge technology with lasers and pyrotechnics. Festivities begin at 5 pm and fireworks begin at 9 pm. Tuesday, July 4; Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd.; cost of admission; 407-363-8000; universalorlando.com.

Independence Day Parade
A patriotic tribute parade celebrating America’s independence. Tuesday, July 4, 10 am; Downtown Mount Dora, East Fifth Avenue and North Donnelly Street, Mount Dora; free; ci.mount-dora.fl.us.

Fourth of July Celebration
Live patriotic music, food, family activities and more. Tuesday, July 4, 9 am-noon; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; cityofwinterpark.org.

Star Spangled Sanford
Live entertainment and fireworks over Lake Monroe. Tuesday, July 4, 4-10 pm; Fort Mellon Park, 1000 E. First St., Sanford; free; sanfordfl.gov.

Symphony Under the Stars
An evening of fireworks and patriotic and Pops classics presented by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Tuesday, July 4, 8-11 pm; Cocoa Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa; free; 321-242-2219.

Watermelon 5K
Start Independence Day off right with a 5K around the city of Winter Park. Tuesday, July 4, 7 am; Downtown Winter Park, Park Avenue, Winter Park; $30; trackshack.com.

Central Florida is a great place to spend the holiday, and the rest of the days of the year too. If you’re ready to make a move to Central Florida, click here to contact the Core Group and begin the process.

Orlando Community Guide for Young Professionals

Young professionals living in Central Florida have the best of all worlds at their fingertips. The Orlando area offers careers with leading national companies, thriving nightlife, and beautiful beaches just a short drive away. With that in mind, there are certain neighborhoods that are better suited to meet the needs of younger professionals who do not require the outdoor space and easy access to schools that those with families prefer. Here are our top picks for communities where Central Florida professionals can thrive, presented by the Core Group.


Sometimes called Orlando’s Central Business District, Downtown is generally the area around Church Street. The area immediately around downtown Orlando is a popular choice for younger people since it provides easy access to many workplaces, nightlife, and events at the Amway Arena. Many of the apartment buildings and condo communities in the downtown area have premium amenities that cater to the needs of young professionals, including rooftop pools, shared grilling areas, fitness centers and outdoor balconies on every unit.

Thornton Park

While it can be considered part of the downtown area, Thornton Park is an area all its own, with a quaint feeling that is distinct from that of the overall downtown vibe. With classic homes constructed decades ago and quick access to the lake and the events held in the surrounding area, Thornton Park is a great place for young artists and creative types. Just a short walk and you can visit Lake Eola for the perfect inspiration for creative works or a great way to chase away writer’s block.


Off of Orange Blossom Trail, Parramore is a distinct section of the city that starts west of Church Street in the downtown area. Considered to be a historically significant African American neighborhood, Parramore is close enough to downtown to allow residents to partake in all the fun, but just far enough to be outside of the hustle and bustle. The area is still known for its authentic soul food and classic homes that date back to the 1800’s and is perfect for young professionals who want to feel connected to the city’s roots. Not to mention, these homes are filled with character, giving them a unique feel and style.

Metro West

MetroWest is a newer community that was established in the 1980s and grew in the 2000s to be one of Orlando’s most popular neighborhoods. Just down the street from Universal Studios, MetroWest offers many different types of housing options for young professionals, depending on whether you prefer to rent or own. The community includes apartments, townhomes, and single family residences so you can choose the right type of place to call home. It also offers the convenience of being close to theme parks, the Millennia Mall and the Orlando Eye.

No matter which of these great communities you want to settle down in, the Core Group can help. Contact us today to get the process of choosing your new home started.