Let's Celebrate July 4th!



  • July 4, 2013
  • Offering Format: Member Event
  • Museum Garage Roof
  • Admission: $28 adults; $17 children (3 – 11); Free (children under 3); buy tickets


The Museum’s unparalleled setting overlooking the Charles River makes it the place to celebrate the Fourth of July! 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 spectacular fireworks display over the Charles River, viewed from the city’s premier vantage point — the Museum of Science garage roof.

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.

Order tickets online or call 617-723-2500, 617-589-0417 (TTY) Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

This event will be held rain or shine; No refunds.

Additional Information


  • Adults $28
  • Children (3 – 11) $17
  • Children (under 3) Free

Ticket sales begin:

  • Thursday, May 2 for Explorers and Discoverers
  • Tuesday, May 7 for Premier members
  • Thursday, May 9 for Basic members

Ticket availability is limited to the number of Exhibit Halls admissions permitted with your membership. Space for this members-only event is limited, and tickets sell out early. Tickets are sold first come, first served.

To order tickets online, please have the following information available:

  • Member number
  • Number of tickets desired
  • Meal order(s)
  • Credit Card

Meals and Refreshments

Wolfgang Puck Catering meals must be ordered in advance. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the event. You are welcome to bring a picnic supper. The deadline to place or change a preorder is Wednesday, June 5.

The night of the event, you may pick up meals between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. (Meals include a 20 oz. bottle of water.) Please select from the following preorder meal options:

  • The Firecracker $8.75 Cold fried chicken, potato salad, and watermelon
  • Chicken Caesar Salad $8.50 Romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese, and croutons; served with dressing on the side
  • Turkey Sandwich $8.50 Turkey, lettuce, and tomato on a sesame roll; served with chips
  • Vegetarian Sandwich $8.50 Grilled vegetables with fresh mozzarella on herb focaccia bread; served with chips
  • Smoked Turkey Wrap $8.50 Smoked turkey, smoked gouda, lettuce, tomato, red onion, tomato vinaigrette; served with chips
  • Hamburger $7.00 Served with chips
  • Cheeseburger $7.50 Served with chips
  • Hot Dog $6.00 Served with chips

Important Notes

Tickets will not be mailed. You’ll receive an email confirmation of your order. Event tickets may be picked up any day through July 4 at 5:00 pm at the Museum box office or at a self-service kiosk.

  • 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.


Parking is available the night of the event at several area garages. Get additional parking information.

Parking is not available at the Museum. No reservations will be taken. Cars parked in the Museum garage after 5:00 pm on July 4 will be towed.

For public transportation options: Visit mbta.com for subway, bus, and commuter rail directions.


  • 5:30 pm - Doors open, entertainment and science activities begin
  • 7:30 pm - Deadline to pick up preordered meals, Boston Pops Broadcast begins
  • 8:00 pm - Entertainment and activities end
  • 9:30 pm - Fireworks begin (new earlier start time)
  • 10:30 pm - Event ends