July 4th Explosive Science

Jul 4, 2023 - Jul 4, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Secure the perfect view of Pittsburgh’s Fourth of July fireworks in an explosively fun way and get guaranteed parking in one of the Science Center’s lots. All tickets include a reserved viewing area, a movie and popcorn in The Rangos Giant Cinema, live entertainment, a cash bar, four floors of exhibits, and theater shows.

Enjoy a lineup of talented local musicians and DJs performing on the deck of the USS Requin submarine and on the shore throughout the afternoon and evening. Our featured band is Bindley Hardware Co.; their “Rust-Belt Americana” style pays tribute to the roots of American music.

Included for everyone:

  • General Admission starting at 10 am
  • Parking (one vehicle per reservation)
  • Special science demonstrations on exhibit floors
  • Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation in the Rangos Giant Cinema (popcorn and fountain drink included!)
  • A Fourth of July show in Buhl Planetarium: Stars and Fireworks Over Pittsburgh
  • Café/bar access all day
  • Access to XPLOR Store
  • Access to Highmark SportsWorks®

Exclusive Perks for PointView Hall:

  • Separate cash bar
  • Exclusive entertainment
  • Snacks prepared by our in-house chef:
    • Mac and cheese bites
    • Mini corn dogs
    • Buffalo chicken dip w/ corn tortilla chips (GF)
    • Avocado lime hummus w/ corn tortilla chips (GF)
    • Assorted patriotic cookies
    • Lemonade/ice water
  • a special thank-you gift

Exclusive Perks for 5th Floor Observatory:

  • Private adults-only area for guests 21+
  • Separate cash bar
  • One drink ticket per person
  • Exclusive music set by DJ B-Renn 8:00-9:30


Can I bring my own chair?
Yes! Bring a chair or blanket and set up starting at 6 pm! The best views will be from a standing position. You can only bring a blanket or lawn chairs to the RiverView Café terrace area and set up as early as 6 pm. For the safety of those with tickets to the 5th Floor Observatory or Point View Hall, blankets will not be permitted in these areas.

What do we do if it rains?
This event will happen rain or shine.

It says parking is included, but where will we park?
Parking is included and guaranteed for advanced reservations. Guests who do not have advanced reservations will be subject to the event rate. If you are attending the event, parking may be in any one of our three lots onsite. For more information on parking, please visit Parking and Directions.

Will the XPLOR Store be open?
Yes! It will be open 10 am–9 pm.

Will Highmark SportsWorks® be open?
Yes! It will be open 10 am–5 pm during regular hours and 6 pm–9 pm for the event.

Will the USS Requin Submarine be open during the event?
For the safety of the musicians performing on the submarine, the USS Requin will be closed on July 4—but you can enjoy the music from any of the Science Center’s outdoor spaces.

What can I do between 5 pm–6 pm if I am visiting during the day?
The RiverView Café, SpacePlace on the first floor, and XPLOR Store will be open for visitors from 5 pm–6 pm.

About July 4th Explosive Science at Carnegie Science Center:

Carnegie Science Center is a North Shore destination for science and technology, and this Independence Day is a can’t-miss spot for celebration! View Pittsburgh’s largest Fourth of July firework display from the best spot in town. Make memories to last a lifetime with friends and family while learning a thing or two along the way.

Please see the safety guidelines in place to learn what is being done to ensure safe and fun experiences for all visitors.

NOTICE FOR ALL BUYERS – By attending an in-person event at any of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, you and any guests agree to voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold any presenting entities, artists, and the venue; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.

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