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  • Let's Celebrate July 4th!

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    Picture of fireworks over Boston

Monday, July 4 | 5:30 – 11:30 pm

Let's Celebrate July 4th!

Tickets for this event are sold out.

Enjoy an evening of fun science activities, family entertainment, the Boston Pops live broadcast from the Esplanade (weather permitting), and much more! The evening concludes with Boston’s fireworks display over the Charles River, viewed from the Museum of Science garage roof.

It has recently come to our attention that the barge for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be located further away from the Museum of Science this year than in the past, which may compromise the sight line to the fireworks. We expect a partially obstructed view of the fireworks from our rooftop event. The fireworks will begin at 10:30 pm.

Many of our members enjoy a family-friendly celebration with entertainment offered before and during the Boston Pops concert, so the event will proceed as planned with an evening of fun science and family entertainment including a live band, balloon animals, and face painting. However, we want you to know what to expect in terms of fireworks viewing. In light of this information, some members may want to change their plans. If this is the case for your group, please call us at 617-589-0180 and we would be happy to work with you.

Following are some reminders to help you prepare for an enjoyable evening:


Meals and Refreshments

You are welcome to bring a picnic supper or you can purchase hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks, and drinks at the event (cash only).

If you have ordered a meal in advance (the deadline was June 19), your meal must be picked-up by 7:30 pm.


Tickets and Registration

Enter the Museum using the main lobby entrance and proceed to registration, which will be taking place at the box office. This is a change from previous years. You must have your tickets scanned and receive an event sticker prior to entering the event in the garage.

You can pick up your tickets at the box office at any time prior to or during registration. If you have an email confirmation that contains QR codes, you may print the confirmation at home to present at registration.

Doors for the event open and activities begin at 5:30 pm. The event concludes at 11:30 pm.


What to Bring

Please bring your own blankets and chairs to the event as seating is not provided. The Museum coatroom will be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. if you would like to store these items during the day. There is a storage fee of $2.00 per item, and $5.00 per family (cash only).


Parking and Transportation

The Museum parking garage will close at 5:00 pm. All cars must be removed from the garage by 5:00 pm. Parking is available at area garages including the Cambridgeside Galleria and the TD Garden. Please note that these garages are not affiliated with the Museum of Science and membership parking discounts do not apply.

Due to road closures and traffic conditions in the area, we recommend the use of public transportation for this event. Visit for subway, bus, and commuter rail directions.


What Not to Bring

Alcohol, fireworks, grills, umbrellas, and tents are strictly prohibited at this event.

If you have any questions not answered above please send an email to or call 617-589-0180.

The Volunteer Service League and the Museum of Science thank you for your support.


Important Notes

  • Event takes place rain or shine.
  • Refunds not available.
  • Bring your own blankets and chairs. Seating not provided.
  • Museum closes at 5:00 pm on July 4.
  • Event doors open at 5:30 pm.
  • No alcohol, fireworks, smoking, cooking, umbrellas, or tents are allowed at the event.
  • No parking in the Museum garage.



  • 5:30 pm - Doors open, entertainment and science activities begin
  • 7:30 pm - Deadline to pick up preordered meals
  • 8:00 pm - Entertainment and activities end, Boston Pops Broadcast begins
  • 10:30 pm - Fireworks begin
  • 11:30 pm - Event ends


This fundraiser is sponsored by the Volunteer Service League, with proceeds supporting educational and outreach programs through the July 4th Grants Program. The VSL thanks you for your support.


Museum Garage Roof

Members Only Event

Separate ticket required. Cost: Adults $28; Children (3 – 11) $17; Children (under 3) Free.


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