Free Olympics Opening Ceremony Viewing Party

Olympic Rings


Watch Olympics Opening Ceremony from London Live Aboard the USS Midway!
Free Admission! Doors open 6:30PM Broadcast ceremonies start 7:30PM
Lightweight lawn chairs and blankets are allowed.

Click here for a downloadable flier of the event (pdf).

Activities currently scheduled:

  • BMX Olympic team is scheduled to appear
  • Olympic archery athletes will conduct archery demonstrations
  • Paralympic soccer team (juggling contests with the kids!)
  • Autograph and photos sessions.
  • Interactive displays and activities.
  • Two giant screens to watch the opening ceremonies in London
  • Typical British fair and drinks for sale!
  • And much more!

BMX Olympic TeamCheer on Team USA,
including several hometown
Olympic competitors,
at a unique and
memorable event that will
be fun for the entire family!

A time-honored tradition that has been celebrated for generations
will now be even more memorable and exciting aboard the Midway.

Olympic Menu
The following menu items will be for sale, provided by the Fantail Cafe:

  • Bangers & Mash (Sausages and Mashed Potatoes)
  • Fish & Chips (French Fries)
  • Meat Pie (Chicken and Mushroom)
  • Shephard's Pie (Vegetarian)
  • Crisps (Potato Chips)
  • Chips ( Fries)
  • Biscuits (Cookies)
  • Candy and Soda/Water

Brought to you by the USS Midway and:


Frequently Asked Questions

When do the gates open?
6:30 PM. For safety and liability reasons, personal belongings cannot be brought aboard in advance.

Can I bring chairs and blankets?
Yes, you can bring small chairs and blankets. There will be no seating available.

What about food and beverages for sale?
We will have British food and snacks available for purchase, as well as alcoholic beverages for purchase.

Can I bring food and beverages?
No, unfortunately all food and beverages must be purchased on ship.

Can I stay aboard from a daytime visit?
For safety and clean-up reasons, no. All daytime guests must exit and be re-admitted at 6:30 PM.

What about parking?
The ACE parking lot on Navy Pier will be open all day and evening. Paid parking rates apply. We encourage public transportation. We’re a 5-minute walk from the Broadway/Amtrak trolley station (American Plaza and Santa Fe Depot). Parking rates are:

$5 up to 1 hour
$8 for up to 4 hours
$10 for up to 10 hours
$12 for up to 12 hours

How do I get the best seats?
First come, first served starting at 6:30 PM.

What time is final admission?
8:30 PM.

We also encourage visitors to bring cameras!

Fast Fact

3,200,000 gallons of ship & aviation fuel could be stored onboard


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