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  • Picture of fireworks over Boston

Monday, July 4 | 5:30 – 11:30 pm

Let's Celebrate July 4th!

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 Museum of Science garage roof.


Tickets on Sale Now!

Ticket availability for this members-only event is limited to the number of Exhibit Halls admissions permitted with your membership. Tickets are sold first come, first served, and tickets do sell out. For more information, contact the membership department: 617-589-0180.

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


To order tickets, please have the following information available:

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


Meals and Refreshments

You are welcome to bring a picnic supper or you can preorder a meal through Wolfgang Puck Catering by calling membership at 617-589-0180. Our phones are staffed daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The deadline to place or change a meal order is Sunday, June 19.

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:

  • Hot Dog $6.25 Served with a bag of chips
  • Cheeseburger $7.75 Served with a bag of chips
  • Firecracker $9.25 Cold fried chicken, potato salad, and watermelon
  • Greek Salad $8.00 Romaine lettuce, watercress, peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, onion, dill, oregano, feta cheese, Greek dressing on the side
  • Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich $9.00 Sliced grilled chicken breast, bacon, guacamole, swiss cheese, mixed greens, tomato jam and basil mayonnaise on ciabatta bread
  • Roast Beef Wrap $9.00 Sliced roast beef, pickled red onion, boursin cheese and horseradish spread, sour cream, watercress on wheat tortilla

Hamburgers, hot dogs, snack and drinks are available for purchase at the event. On-site food purchases are cash only, and there will not be an accessible ATM on-site during the event. Please plan accordingly.


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.



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.

The Museum parking garage will close at 5:00 pm. Cars parked in the Museum garage after 5:00 pm on July 4 will be towed.

Parking will be available at several 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.



  • 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.


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  • Staffed Area
  • Wheelchair Accessible