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Disneyland 4th of July Food & Activities Guide

Planning to spend Independence Day at Disneyland? 4th of July can be a great time to visit The Happiest Place on Earth. Whether you’re hoping for all-American dishes, patriotic music or colorful fireworks, there’s something for everyone. So, wave those stars and stripes proudly as we break down everything on offer for the Fourth of July at Disneyland Resort. 

Visiting Disneyland Resort for Your July 4th Celebration 

Without a doubt, one of the most popular – and, as a result, busiest – times to go to Disneyland is during the holidays. While most people think of The Happiest Place on Earth as a must-go destination during Halloween and Christmas, the Fourth of July is also a downright magical time to visit Disneyland. (As long as you don’t mind fighting the crowds, that is.)

From limited-time desserts bedecked in red, white and blue to a patriotic fireworks spectacular, and possibly even some special decorations, there’s a whole host of things available to help you celebrate Independence Day at Disneyland and California Adventure.  

Just keep in mind that with Disneyland’s Park Pass Reservation System in place, you won’t be able to just waltz into the parks without some pre-planning. Fortunately, the Downtown Disney District is home to some delicious dining perfect for your 4th of July visit, with no spendy park ticket or hard-to-come-by Magic Key Pass required.  

Fourth of July Dining at Disneyland & Disney California Adventure Park

It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without a smorgasbord of American-style eats. Fortunately, along with some seasonal treats available only for the holiday, guests can choose from an array of restaurants offering tasty dishes that would be right at home at any Fourth of July celebration.  

Although there are a couple of exceptions, most of the limited-time menu offerings are on the sweet side. So, we recommend you stick to one of the Disneyland restaurants dishing up tasty American cuisine for lunch and dinner and save the star-spangled sweets for dessert. 

As for the main course, there is a buffet of options when it comes to quintessential American food worthy of your Independence Day at Disneyland, whether you’re craving cookout classics like burgers, hot dogs and BBQ, light sandwiches made for a day at the beach or cozy comfort food favorites just like grandma used to make. 

Special 4th of July Menu Items

Disneyland Park
Jolly Holiday Bakery Café | Main Street, U.S.A.  

Available July 1 through July 4, Mobile Order offered

  • Fourth of July Cupcake – Spiced Cake with Apple Filling and Red, White and Blue Buttercream, Patriotic Sprinkles and an American Flag Chocolate Topper
Red Rose Taverne | Fantasyland 

Available July 1 through July 4, Mobile Order offered

  • Star-Spangled Stuff – Grey Stuff with a Patriotic Twist featuring a Blue Shortbread Cookie, Red Velvet Cake, Raspberry and Star Sprinkles
Disney California Adventure Park
Hollywood Lounge | Hollywood Land  

Available July 1 through July 4, Mobile Order offered

  • Red, White, and Blue Cocktail – Blend of Spiced & Silver Rum, Tequila, Blue Curaҫao, Tropical Fruit Juices and Italian Bitters
Pym Test Kitchen | Avengers Campus

Available July 1 through July 4, Mobile Order offered

  • Test 0615: Fowl Play – BBQ Turkey Leg and Red Particle Sides (Marble Potato Salad and Pickled Vegetables) (New!)
  • Experiment 0341: Red, White and Blue Slush – Lemon-Lime and Blue Raspberry Slush topped with Grenadine and Cherry Flavor-filled Boba (New!)
Downtown Disney District
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes 

Available July 1 through July 4

  • Red, White and Blue Shake – Vanilla Rim with Red, White and Blue Sprinkles topped with a Fourth of July Cupcake, Firecracker Popsicle, Whipped Cream, Red, White and Blue Sprinkles and a Cherry
Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs

Available July 4 through July 10

  • Firecracker Hot Link – A Hot Link dipped in Batter, rolled in Panko Crumbs and Drizzled with a Spicy Sriracha Mayo and Hot Cheese Puff Dust (New!)
California Churro

Available July 1 through July 4

  • Firecracker Churro – Perfectly Fried Churro rolled in Strawberry Sugar, drizzled with Marshmallow Fluff and sprinkled with Red and Blue Candy Pieces (New!)
Sprinkles

Available July 1 through July 4

  • Stars and Sprinkles Red Velvet – Southern-style Light Chocolate Cake topped with Cream Cheese Frosting and Celebratory Red, White and Blue Sprinkles
  • Fourth of July Decorate-At-Home Kit
  • Fourth of July Bake-At-Home Kit
Wetzel’s Pretzels

Available through July 10

  • Frozen Striped Lemonade – A Refreshing and Celebratory Blend of Lemonade, Blue Raspberry and Kiwi Strawberry  (New!) 
Disneyland Resort Hotels
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Holiday Cart

Available June 30 through July 4

  • Layered Cake Pop – Vanilla Sponge Cake with Vanilla Buttercream and Red, White and Blue Sprinkles (New!)
  • Mickey Fourth of July Cookie – Vanilla Sugar Cookie dipped in White Chocolate and topped with Fondant Stars (New!)
  • Fourth of July Cookie Shot with Milk – Mickey Fourth of July Cookie with Choice of Milk, Low-Fat Milk, Strawberry Milk or Chocolate Milk (New!)
  • Layered Cake Pop – Mickey Fourth of July Cookie with Choice of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Grand Marnier, Captain Morgan Rum, Jameson Irish Whisky, or Rumchata (New!)

Other All-American Eats for Independence Day at Disneyland Resort Restaurants

Quick-Service Restaurants
Disneyland Park
  • Harbour Galley in Critter Country – Light bites made for hot summer days, such as lobster rolls, tuna salad sandwiches and a muffuletta salad
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country – Downhome American-style eats with plenty of Southern charm like chili- and cheese-smothered burgers, fries and onion rings, plus a fried green tomato sandwich and BBQ chicken salad
  • Plaza Inn in Main Street, U.S.A. – Filling comfort food classics, including pot roast and fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, served in a fast-casual setting 
Disney California Adventure Park
  • Award Wieners in Hollywood Land – Fully loaded hot dogs, French fries and funnel cake fries with fun and flavorful toppings 
  • Corn Dog Castle in Paradise Gardens Park – All-American (AKA deep-fried) eats on a stick
  • Flo’s V8 Café in Cars Land – Diner food favorites inspired by famed Route 66, including burgers, fried chicken and a club sandwich
  • Paradise Garden Grill – A seasonal selection of saucy, smoky barbecued meats like beer-brined and roasted chicken, pulled pork and spareribs, along with homestyle sides such as baked beans, potato salad, cornbread and mac & cheese with a poblano pepper kick (a Family Picnic Platter is also available)
  • Smokejumpers Grill in Grizzly Peak – Hearty handhelds like burgers and chicken sandwiches served with a side of California history
Downtown Disney District
  • Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes – Fast-casual eatery with a sprawling selection of over-the-top burgers and shakes tricked out with creative toppings and mix-ins  
Disneyland Resort Hotels
  • GCH Craftsman Grill – American-style dishes like hand-crafted sandwiches and a Hot Dog of the Month, along with some global-inspired offerings
Table-Service Restaurants
Disneyland Park
  • River Belle Terrace in Frontierland – Classic American fare with Southern flair served from breakfast to dinner, from a Short Rib Skillet and Fried Green Tomato with Deviled Eggs to Burnt Ends Grilled Cheese and Open-Faced Blackened Catfish
Disney California Adventure Park
  • Lamplight Lounge in Pixar Pier – All-American favorites with a California twist, including handheld classics like burgers and sandwiches as well as heartier dishes like roasted chicken and pork chops, served in a Pixar-inspired setting
Downtown Disney District
  • Ballast Point Brewing Co. – Upscale bar food like burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, salads and more washed down with locally brewed craft beer
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes – Classic bowling-alley bites with elevated flavors like burgers and salads, along with unexpected offerings such as sushi 

Must-Do Attractions & Entertainment for Fourth of July 2022 at Disneyland Resort

So, what else can you do in honor of the Fourth of July at Disneyland Resort besides eat? Surprisingly, a whole lot! From quintessential attractions and special entertainment with all-American credibility to a glittering fireworks finale, you’ll find it all at The Happiest Place on Earth. 

Disneyland Fourth of July Fireworks & Other Nighttime Spectaculars

No 4th of July is complete without a fireworks show – and that goes for Disneyland, too. Luckily, guests at The Happiest Place on Earth can choose from two different patriotic displays, a full fireworks spectacular at Disneyland Park and a short, pyrotechnic preview at Disney California Adventure Park. 

At Disneyland,  you’ll be proud to be an American watching Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky. The longest of the resort’s 4th of July nighttime spectaculars, the Fourth of July Concert in the Sky mixes ooh- and ahh-inspiring fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle with inspiring patriotic music. 

Unfortunately, unlike at Walt Disney World, this pyrotechnic ode to the stars and stripes is only shown on the Fourth of July. So, if you can’t snag a park reservation, be prepared to watch snippets of the show from outside the park. The show takes place at 9:30 PM on July 4, 2022. 

For the best views of A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, try to find a spot in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, on Main Street, U.S.A. between the Main Street Train Station and Central Plaza, in front of “it’s a small world” or in Frontierland along the Rivers of America. For an especially sparkly evening, you can also take in the Main Street Electric Parade as it twinkles through the park before the fireworks at 8:45 PM or after the grand finale at 10:45 PM. 

While Disney California Adventure doesn’t offer a full fireworks show for the Fourth of July, it does have a petite, patriotic pre-show before the first showing of World of Color, starting at 9:00 PM on July 4, 2022. 

While the mellowest of Disneyland’s nighttime spectaculars doesn’t normally feature fireworks (it uses a kaleidoscope of fountains and vibrant lighting instead), the World of Color – 4th of July Tribute kicks things off with a bang, thanks to a special pyrotechnic display set to an America-inspired soundtrack. 

America-Inspired Disneyland Resort Attractions & Other Entertainment for July 4th, 2022

Walt Disney once said, “I get red, white and blue at times.” So, while food and fireworks are highlights of any Fourth of July celebration, it’s no wonder they aren’t the only ways you can pay homage to the United States at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park this Independence Day – including a Walt Disney original.  

If you’re heading to The Happiest Place on Earth for Fourth of July 2022, don’t miss these America-lovin’ Disneyland attractions and special entertainment offerings. 

Disneyland Park
The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln in Main Street, U.S.A.

A 15-minute stage show starring an Audio-Animatronic version of our 16th president, this true Disney treasure premiered for the very first time at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. After the show, learn more about another great American in the attraction’s current Frederick Douglass exhibit.

Flag Retreat Ceremony in Main Street, U.S.A.

Though held daily, this poignant ode to the Stars & Stripes and Armed Forces is a must for the Fourth of July. Listen to patriotic tunes performed especially for July 4th by the 1st Marine Division Band and honor current and former military members as the flag is retired for the evening. 

Held daily at 4:30 PM

California Army National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division Band

If you can’t make it into the park on the Fourth of July, you can still celebrate our country’s independence and salute local military members during a live performance on July 3 by the 40th Infantry Division Band from the California Army National Guard. 

Held July 3, 2022 at 2:10 PM

1st Marine Division Band 

After the special July 4th Flag Retreat Ceremony, stick around for more patriotic tunes played by the 1st Marine Division Band in a special live performance. 

Held July 4, 2022 at 4:55 PM

Disney California Adventure Park
Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land 

While not particularly patriotic, it doesn’t get more American than a nostalgic road trip down Route 66 (or, in this case, through Ornament Valley and the quaint town of Radiator Springs.

Live Performances by Five & Dime and Philly Phonics in Buena Vista Street

Part of Disneyland’s Celebrate Soulfully event in honor of African American heritage, tap your toes to live jazz performances in Carthay Circle, from the big-band flavor of the ‘20s and ‘30s to a capella doo-wop with a modern spin. 

Five & Dime – Held daily at 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:15 PM, 4:15 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:15 PM and 7:20 PM

Philly Phonics – Held daily at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:45 PM, 3:40 PM and 5:00 PM

1st Marine Division Band

Pay tribute to the Red, White and Blue at this live concert by “The Old Breed Brass Band.” Performances will be offered on both July 3 and 4, so you can celebrate your right to party whichever day you visit. 

Held July 3, 2022 at the Paradise Garden Bandstand at 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Held July 4, 2022 near Avengers Headquarters at 12:40 PM

Downtown Disney District
The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure 

Take a melodious trip through the history of jazz, America’s most soulful musical genre, and its place in African American culture at this temporary exhibit adjacent to Star Wars Trading Post.

So, my fellow Americans, what are you hoping to do for the Fourth of July at Disneyland and California Adventure? Have you celebrated Independence Day at The Happiest Place on Earth? Let us know in the comments! Then, exercise your liberty to save some cash with our discount Disneyland tickets.