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Rock and Boom at the Great Lakes Science Center

July 4, 2018 @ 8:00 pm


Crowds of people watch the 2015 July 4th fireworks show from the River Rd. Bridge, also known as the Whiskey Island Bridge, on the west bank, as the fireworks explode over the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. You can watch the fireworks from the steamship William G. Mather at the Great Lakes Science Center. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)

Take the best seat in town for enjoying the city’s Fourth of July fireworks at the Great Lakes Science Center, on the deck of the historic Steamship William G. Mather. On Wednesday, July 4 from 8-11 p.m. (check-in begins at 8 p.m., fireworks begin at dusk, approximately 9:30 p.m.) climb aboard the Science Center’s 618-foot freighter docked at North Coast Harbor for a unique Independence Day experience.

Food and drinks will be available in a family-friendly beer garden. Guests should bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Tickets are $16 per person or $13 for Science Center members, and are available online, by phone at 216-621-2400 and at the Science Center box office.

Want more Independence Day fun? Star Spangled Science kicks off the celebration early from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 30 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 1 with special holiday-themed, hands-on activities and explosive demonstrations.

Guests can make Alka-Seltzer rockets, see what happens when a chemical reaction is set off inside a watermelon, explore chemistry and physics during the Red, White and Boom Science Spectacular, exercise their creativity with a make-and-take light-up Duck Tape wearable activity, learn about color and chromatography in a BASF Kids’ Lab demonstration, and learn why some objects float and others sink in a Dynamic Density activity sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.


July 4, 2018
8:00 pm
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Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114 United States