Where to watch Disneyland’s July Fourth fireworks outside the park

Disneyland fireworks

Disneyland fireworks

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Disneyland fireworks are one of the best parts of a park day. Sure, you’re tired, you’ve been standing for hours, and you’re shivering from the drop from an afternoon high of roughly the temperature of the surface of the sun. But once those lights drop and the sky lights up, it’s all water under the Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge. 

And that’s just on a normal night. On July Fourth, the fireworks at Disneyland are a whole other thing. To celebrate Independence Day, the park is offering a show called “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” In addition to the special fireworks show, Disneyland is also celebrating with concerts throughout the weekend from bands like the California Army National Guard's 40th Infantry Division Band and the 1st Marine Division Band.

If you’re planning on being inside Disneyland on July 4, here’s fair warning: People are going to stake out the best spots for fireworks viewing four or five hours before the show starts, maybe even more. On a regular Tuesday night, parkgoers will spread out blankets to stake out curbside spots for the Main Street Electrical Parade two-plus hours in advance, sometimes even longer. The same with New Orleans Square spots for Fantasmic.

But even if you aren’t going to be inside the park, you can still see the fireworks. Here’s how.

Parkestry rooftop seating area at the JW Marriott Anaheim Resort.

Parkestry rooftop seating area at the JW Marriott Anaheim Resort.

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Disneyland Resort hotels

The Disneyland Resort hotels can be expensive — some of the suites can cost thousands a night — but if you can swing the cost, you can’t beat the experience. This is especially true in Club Level rooms. Those rooms come with special concierge services and access to private lounges: the E-Ticket Club in the Disneyland Hotel and The Veranda in the Grand Californian. Those lounges have free refreshments all day, including a dessert and cocktail hour in the evening that coincides with fireworks. Both locations have prime viewing of the evening fireworks.

Downtown Disney

This is the only totally free option of the bunch (that is, if you don’t count parking). There are plenty of places to watch the fireworks from Downtown Disney, but think about it this way: Elevation is your friend. Higher vantages are going to allow for better viewing, and once you’re there, you’ll be able to figure out a good spot for yourself. FYI: A lot of people are probably going to have the same idea and stake out spots in the afternoon.

Disneyland fireworks from the JW Marriott Anaheim.

Disneyland fireworks from the JW Marriott Anaheim.

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Parkestry at the JW Marriott Anaheim

Parkestry, on the 11th floor of the JW Marriott, is a rooftop restaurant serving creative cocktails and shareable, casual plates. Attached to Anaheim GardenWalk, the hotel’s higher-floor rooms and its rooftop bar overlook both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure in one of the best, if not the best, vistas of the parks from any vantage point in Anaheim. What this really means: prime Disneyland fireworks viewing. The restaurant is closed on Sunday through Tuesday, though, so you won’t be able to see the actual July Fourth fireworks from there — but you can still see them from the hotel, and you can always catch a Saturday night fireworks show from the rooftop.

Disneyland Forever fireworks from BluSky at the Radisson Blu. 

Disneyland Forever fireworks from BluSky at the Radisson Blu. 

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BluSky at the Radisson Blu Anaheim

Both the JW Marriott and the Radisson Blu opened during Disneyland’s pandemic closure, and they’re by far the nicest off-property accommodations within walking distance of the parks. BluSky is a rooftop restaurant and bar that has incredible fireworks views both inside the restaurant — there’s an entire wall of windows facing the park — and an enormous outdoor lounge area. Of the two, BluSky has a more elevated (and pricey) menu, but the Spanish-influenced fare is excellent and the views are gorgeous. Unfortunately, the restaurant is closed Monday nights — but hotel guests will have access to the rooftop area, which also has a pool, to watch the show.

Another rooftop bar, The Fifth, is on top of the Grand Legacy at the Park and is across the street from Disneyland — but the restaurant is also closed Mondays and is inaccessible, even to hotel guests.

The view of Disney California Adventure from BluSky. 

The view of Disney California Adventure from BluSky. 

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Watch from home

Any given fireworks show at Disneyland has its fair share of people livestreaming on social media, and you can find livestreams on YouTube as well. There’s also the Mattercam, which streams rotating views of the park from the Howard Johnson across the street.

Of course, if you’re staying at a nearby hotel, your best bet is to request a resort-view room or, even better, one with a balcony. Then sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the view. 

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