Share This!Are you ready to celebrate the red, white, and blue? Fourth of July is quickly approaching! (Can you believe we are just three weeks from the holiday?) If you’ll be in Walt Disney World, be prepared to celebrate Independence Day with a bang! So, if you are wanting to salute all nations, but mostly America, here are the ways you’ll be able to do it!Magic KingdomCelebrate with Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky which commemorates the Fourth of July with an incredible fireworks show that is choreographed to patriotic music. The best part about this fireworks spectacular is that they are shown on two nights – July 3 and July 4 at 9:15 p.m. So you have two chances to catch this special show.Looking to learn a little history? Then make sure you catch a performance of The Muppets Present…Great Moments in History. During the show, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and friends reenact famous moments in American history all in a fun manner. This is a live show that is performed daily in Liberty Square.Another must see during the holiday is the Flag Retreat which takes place at 5:00 p.m. each day in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A.The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be shown twice on both July 3 and 4 – once at 12:00 p.m. and once at 3:30 p.m. I will make sure to update this post as additional Fourth of July events for the resorts get announced!As a reminder, the Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year at Walt Disney World. Make sure you come prepared with a plan and pack your patience. (Oh and be prepared for the heat!)Fourth of July is a fun experience no matter where you are, but Walt Disney World certainly goes all out to celebrate America’s birthday. Disney’s Fort Wilderness ResortDisney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will offer several special events around the Fourth of July holiday:The Fourth of July 5K Run will take place on July 3. Pre-registration is available June 24-30 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn. On-site registration begins at 7:00 a.m. in the field next to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. The run begins from that location at 7:30 a.m.The Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade begins at 4:00 p.m. on July 4. This is a sight to see! Registration will be open June 24-30 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn.The Fourth of July Beach Bash at Clementine’s Beach will take place from 6:00-11:00 p.m. on July 4. Guests will enjoy a live DJ, dancing, games, contests, a movie, and more. In addition, the Fort Wilderness food truck will be available in the settlement area with delicious items for purchase.Patriotic SnacksLooking for a patriotic-inspired treat? Items will be able to be found throughout the resort, but here are a few you might not want to miss:A Fourth of July cupcake featuring an apple-pie filling at Creature Comforts and Isles of Java at Disney’s Animal KingdomA sparkly red-white-and-blue coconut macaroon dipped in white chocolate at BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk ResortPatriotic dipped strawberries and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse mini-domes at Amorette’s at Disney Springs Patriotic ApparelThe Walt Disney World Resort has introduced a new line of patriotic-inspired clothing, accessories, and more. The Star-Spangled Americana Collection features caps, magnets, cups, shirts, Mickey ears, bags, frames, magnets, and yes, there’s a brand new spirit jersey for the occasion! EpcotYou will not want to miss the fireworks spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. For July 4, the show will add a patriotic twist, with a special finale tag that celebrates America. Illuminations takes place at 9:00 p.m.Guests will absolutely not want to miss performances by the talented Voices of Liberty. This is an a cappella group who perform traditional Americana tunes during a 4th of July Concert at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.Guests who love to meet characters can meet Disney favorites all dressed up to celebrate America’s birthday throughout the day at the American Adventure Pavilion.Finally, if you’re looking to get into the patriotic spirit, you do not want to miss the American Adventure show which is a journey through important moments in America’s history narrated by Audio-Animatronic figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. Prior to the show, make sure to stop in the American Heritage Gallery for “The Kinsey Collection.” This exhibit showcases 400 years of African-American achievement through rare art, documents, books and artifacts.Disney’s Hollywood StudiosGuests will be able to enjoy the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks spectacular. This show takes place at 10:00 p.m. and dazzles with themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic characters and scenes from the Star Wars saga, all set to that unforgettable film score. Oh and yes, there are new scenes to celebrate Solo: A Star Wars Story.Disney’s Animal KingdomOn Fourth of July, Guests can experience the Rivers of Light nighttime show. Rivers of Light, celebrates a connection with nature through fire, water and light. Rivers of Light is shown twice at 9:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
Story Highlights Mr. Green was speaking at the Jamaica Micro Financing Association Limited’s (JaMFA) seventh annual microfinance sector leadership forum, at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday (May 28). State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Administration has no intention of taking a “big stick” approach to the implementation of the legislation’s provisions. The Government says it is prepared to entertain stakeholder discussions on aspects of the proposed Microcredit Act that are generating some concern.State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Administration has no intention of taking a “big stick” approach to the implementation of the legislation’s provisions.Mr. Green was speaking at the Jamaica Micro Financing Association Limited’s (JaMFA) seventh annual microfinance sector leadership forum, at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday (May 28).The State Minister said he has already had discussions with the Minister of Finance and the Public Service (Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke), “which came out of my very first meeting with the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) Implementation Task Force, where concerns were raised”.Mr. Green said Dr. Clarke indicated his willingness to meet with industry stakeholders “to review aspects of the Bill they have a difficulty with”.The Bill, which was tabled in Parliament by Dr. Clarke in February, is intended to regulate microcredit service providers by ensuring they are licensed by the designated regulatory authority.They will also be required to keep proper accounting and other records and make timely reports to that authority.Meanwhile, Mr. Green said he will maintain an open door policy on the matter and advised that he is prepared to meet with stakeholders, such as the advocacy team, comprising representatives of JaMFA and the Jamaica Association of Microfinancing (JaMFIN), which was established to lobby government intervention to address the areas of concern.He explained that the Act is intended to aid in facilitating the microfinance sector’s growth, safeguard consumers, and ensure that all stakeholders are “playing by fair rules”.For his part, JaMFA’s Executive Director, Raymond Gabbidon, said the advocacy team will be lobbying the support of both Ministries on the matter.State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green (left), greets Jamaica Micro Financing Association Limited’s (JaMFA) Executive Director, Raymond Gabbidon, during JaMFA’s annual micro finance sector leadership forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday (May 28). In the background is JaMFA’s Acting Chairman, Andrew Mais.The Act also seeks to regulate the provision of microcredit services offered by microcredit institutions, in order to ensure that microcredit services may be utilised by micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals to facilitate their financial or economic advancement; and that the interest of borrowers may be protected by discouraging excessive interest rates and predatory lending practices by microcredit institutions.It prohibits false and misleading advertising by microcredit institutions; and makes it an offence for microcredit institutions to use threats and violence in the process of collecting a debt.The Bill identifies the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) as the body responsible for accepting complaints against microcredit institutions, investigating complaints against microcredit institutions and formulating a code of conduct for microcredit institutions on consumer-related matters. The Government says it is prepared to entertain stakeholder discussions on aspects of the proposed Microcredit Act that are generating some concern.