Climb aboard the William G. Mather for an epic Independence Day celebration at Great Lakes Science Center

CLEVELAND (June 17, 2019) – The best seat in town for enjoying the city’s Fourth of July fireworks is Rock ‘n’ Boom, right here at the Science Center on the deck of the historic Steamship William G. Mather. On Thursday, July 4 from 8-11 p.m. (check-in to board the ship begins at 8 p.m., fireworks begin at dusk, approximately 9:30 p.m.) board the Science Center’s 618-foot freighter docked at North Coast Harbor for a unique Independence Day fireworks viewing experience. The Science Center’s Spark Kitchen will be open from 6-9 p.m. serving food, special holiday-themed treats, soft drinks, beer and wine, so guests can come down early for a bite to eat and kick off their night. Avoid the crowds and enjoy a relaxing evening on the Mather! The sunset over Lake Erie, the evening breeze over the water and a great view of the fireworks. What could be better?

Guests should bring a chair or blanket to sit on on-board the ship. 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. Onsite parking in the Science Center’s attached garage will be available for $7.

(Editor’s note: The Science Center has returned to its seven-day-a-week summer operating hours. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.)

About Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, temporary exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, and more. The Science Center is funded in part by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Visit for more information

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