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The USS Midway Museum’s annual 4th of July celebration, attended by 4,000 people, is the biggest family party in town!
Fortunate attendees to this annually sold-out celebration watch the spectacular “Big Bay Fireworks” show from the flight deck! And, the Midway is perfectly positioned. It’s the closest venue to the four barge locations from which the fireworks are launched, offering the best view of the largest fireworks show on the West Coast.

The celebration also includes live entertainment featuring one of San Diego’s leading show bands.
The band kicks off the party with an exciting USO show review followed with the most popular patriotic and fun party hits.

Savory All-American concessions are for sale along with adult and kid-friendly beverages.
Guests are invited to bring a blanket, lawn chairs and small coolers with picnic-type snacks, providing affordable options for all those who attend.

Join us for this patriotic celebration with plenty to do and see in honor of our nation’s birthday.


USS Midway Museum
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


6 pm – 10 pm


Tickets for this event typically go on sale the first week of June. Subscribe to be notified when tickets go on sale!



When will tickets go on sale?

Tickets typically go on sale the first week of June. Be sure to follow us on social media or check our website regularly for updates.

How much are tickets for the July 4th event?

Ticket prices range from $15-$23 per guest.

Is there food/drink available for sale?

Yes, there will be a variety of food items for sale as well as beverages on the ship for the July 4th evening event.

Do Museum Members get a discount or pre-sale before tickets go on sale to the public?

Museum members can purchase tickets at a discounted price when tickets go on sale. No pre-sale options are available.

Are there group ticket options for sale for this event?

Group sale tickets are not available for this event. Due to popularity, there is a 6 ticket maximum per transaction for this event.

Can I rent out an area or the entire ship for private or VIP viewing for this event?

No private functions or VIP viewing options are available on this date. To book a private event onboard at a different date visit our Event page here.

How can I sponsor this event?

For information about sponsorships please contact our Partnership Team at (619) 398-8237 or

How can I perform, participate, or audition for this event?

Options to perform at this event are very limited to none; however, if you would like to contact us for possible consideration please email our Visitor Information Center,

Are elevators available to board the ship?

Yes, elevators are available for wheelchairs and guests with difficulty climbing stairs. Only one caregiver will be allowed to accompany the elevator user. The rest of the group must use the other designated entrance locations. The elevator cannot be used for coolers, chairs, bags, unoccupied strollers, unoccupied wheelchairs, etc.

What can we bring onboard?

Like other venues, Midway has carryon policies for everyone’s safety. ONLY the following will be allowed on board and will be subject to search:

· Bags, backpacks, purses, tote bags, diaper bags that are no larger than 14” X 14” X 6”

· 6 pack sized cooler containing small snack items, non-alcohol beverages in plastic containers

· Strollers and wheelchairs, only if appropriately occupied by an individual

· Lightweight lawn chairs and small blankets. Seating will not be provided. Placement for your chairs and blankets will be first come/first serve.

Midway Bag Policy:

USS Midway Museum Guest Safety 
To ensure our guests’ safety and to get everyone aboard as quickly as possible, please note the new safety measures now in effect aboard Midway.

Bag Policy

Guests with special-event tickets will be permitted to carry the following:

  • Bags, backpacks, purses, tote bags, diaper bags that are no larger than 14” X 14” X 6”
  • 6 pack sized cooler containing small snack items, non-alcohol beverages in plastic containers.
  • All plastic bottles must have factory seal intact.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs, only if appropriately occupied by an individual
  • Lightweight lawn chairs
  • Small blankets

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The USS Midway is a non-smoking facility, no cigarettes including e-cigarettes are allowed
  • No reusable water containers or opened water bottles
  • Alcohol
  • Glass containers
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Briefcases and luggage
  • Wagons
  • Unoccupied strollers or wheelchairs
  • Coolers larger than a 6 pack size cooler

Please note: All bags, coolers, pockets, and the like are subject to be checked by USS Midway Museum Safety staff for the security of all guests. Thank you for your cooperation.  

What is the parking situation?

Due to the holiday, parking is very limited along the waterfront. Guests are encouraged to take public transportation or ride share services to avoid parking and traffic issues. For more information about direction and parking, click here.

For more information about the Big Bay Boom Firework Show, visit their website here.

How long will it take us to board?

The boarding process varies. Each guest must go through a mandatory safety check of all bags/coolers which can take additional time during the boarding process. Your patience during this time is appreciated. Compliance with Midway’s Bag Policy will greatly expedite this process.