This Fourth of July, many Americans are celebrating the 245th anniversary of their Independence Day.

July 4th, 1776 was the day in history 245 years ago when the Declaration of Independence was passed by Continental Congress, thereby earning most Americans their freedom from British colonialism.

Independence Day is a source of pride and patriotism for many Americans and indeed, a reason to celebrate, especially given the harsh circumstances we are emerging from. Finding reasons to feel joy in dark times is vital to human existence.

So it’s time to brainstorm some Fourth of July activities to bring us back together, to celebrate together once again! Here is our list of the best family-friendly events happening in the Central Florida area this holiday weekend.

Lake Catherine Farms Celebration

Lake Catherine Farms is a family-owned and operated blueberry farm located in Groveland, Florida. Its acres of tender berry bushes are nestled at the shores of beautiful Lake Catherine, an ideal spot for launching 4th of July fireworks.

Starting at 6:00 p.m. on July 4th, come and enjoy the festivities at Lake Catherine Farms with family and friends. Hosted by Lake Catherine Blueberries and Groove Infusions, the party will include drinks, music, fireworks, and more!

Visit the Lake Catherine Blueberries Facebook event page for more information.

Taste of Epcot International Garden Festival

A Taste of Epcot is back — and the best part is you don’t have to wait for Independence Day! Beginning in March and ending on July 5, you can visit Epcot Centre for a tour of the International Gardens and a variety of entertainment.

Take the family for a day at the gardens and enjoy an eclectic adventure through nature and sound. Stop and make friends along the way with familiar characters from beloved Disney movies. Indulge in fresh food and fantastic entertainment, including live bands and performances.

For more information and to plan your trip, visit the website here.

Celebration at the Apopka Amphitheatre

If you’re looking for a place to be on the night of July 4th, but you’re not keen on a blow-out celebration, join the party at Apopka Amphitheatre.

The City of Apopka is hosting a free, family-friendly July 4th celebration at the Apopka Amphitheatre. The event will feature a live performance by the band Midnight Mayhem at 7:00 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the City of Apopka’s event calendar here.

Winter Garden All-American Kids Parade

Come on and show your patriotic spirit this Independence Day at the Winter Garden All-American Kids Parade!

Starting at 9:45 a.m. at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, participants will line up with their bikes or scooters to march in the 17th edition of this annual event. Kids of all ages are invited to decorate their two-wheeled vehicle of choice with festive ornamentation for entry into the parade.

All participants are asked to wear masks and keep their distance in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, visit the event page here.

The Promenade at Sunset Walk

The Promenade, with a variety of dining, retail, and entertainment options available, is a great place to explore on any given day. On July 4th weekend, this hotspot of leisure and liaison will heat up even more with the lively cacophony of music and chatter, and the thundering of fireworks from above.

The Margaritaville Resort has lined up live entertainers to take the stage for July 3rd, including Across the Arch at the Euphoria Lounge, followed by Bonkerz Comedy & Cocktails at the On Vacation Restaurant.

The Promenade Plaza is also providing free entertainment to keep you dancing through the night, including performances from The Gerry Williams Duo, DJ Scotty B, Slickwood, and more.

The fun doesn’t stop there! On July 4th, get revved up for another day of non-stop partying, with a performance from Juniper Club at the Euphoria Lounge and additional free performances from great local artists at the Promenade Plaza. To top it all off, catch the fireworks spectacular at 9:30 p.m. from anywhere on the property, or get a private viewing from Porte Cochere.

For more details, visit the event page here.

Fireworks at the Fountain

Come and gather at Lake Eola Park to celebrate with family and friends — and even Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer himself — this July 4th.

The 44th edition of this annual event will begin at 5:00 p.m. with live entertainment for the whole family, and end with a fireworks ceremony kicking off at 9:15 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from vendors in the area.

If you aren’t comfortable attending in person, the event will be broadcasted live on News 6 WKMG starting at 8:00 p.m., or you can stream it at clickorlando.com.

For more information, visit the event page here.

As we mentioned earlier, although times have been rough, we are entering a period of restoration and celebration. Take the time during this holiday to cherish being with your loved-ones, remember the things in your life you are thankful for, and reflect on what matters. We wish you a happy and safe July 4th weekend!