3rd of July Events
On July 3rd and 4th, Downtown's Wall Street Plaza will host Red, White, and Brew. The block party starts the 3rd at 9:00pm and is free; the official event starts the 4th at 4:00pm with all-you-can-drink Sam Adams from 5:00pm to 8:00pm for $10.
In the same vein, Downtown's Church Street is hosting Red, White, and Booze. July 3rd from 4:00pm to 2:00am, enjoy $2-$3 drink and burgers.
Just like I wrote last year, the Orlando theme parks offer a great fireworks spectacle for 4th of July. For more on watching fireworks at Disney, Universal, Sea World, and LegoLand, check out this article from About.com.
Probably the best (and free) Independence Day event is held at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando. The event starts at 4:00pm and concludes with a fireworks show at 9:20pm. There will be entertainment on two stages and over 30 booths. Come early for good spots or make friends with someone in a high-rise.
If you're looking for an event closer to home, take a look at this post over at Unlock Orlando. Special fireworks include Celebration Town Center (9:30pm), Lake Fairview (north College Park, 9:00pm), Avalon Park (9:00pm), Winter Park (9:00am - 1:00pm), and Winter Garden (9:15pm). The events themselves, with activities and food, usually start in the afternoon.