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Tickets to 2017 Fourth of July Fireworks Blast Now Available

Molly Hamilton May 31, 2017

**UPDATE: ALL FLIGHT DECK TICKETS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT!  The landside celebration is free and open to the public.  Parking is $10 for all vehicles.**

Tickets to see Charleston’s biggest Fourth of July fireworks display from aboard the historic USS Yorktown’s Flight Deck are now on sale at www.patriotspoint.org/fireworks.   A limited number of tickets are available through online purchase only, and are expected to sell quickly.

Guests wishing to board the USS Yorktown on Independence Day have two ticketing options.  For $110, guests will be given VIP treatment including complimentary drinks from two full-service bars, a complimentary barbecue meal served by the Patriots Point’s official caterer, TOP SHELF Catering, and seating in a special area of the ship closest to the fireworks display.

The second option is a general admission flight deck ticket priced at $40.  It includes access aboard the USS Yorktown and live music from the East Coast Party Band.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.   Guests with a general admission tickets are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs.

Access to the flight deck for all ticket holders will open at 6 p.m.   To ensure the security of guests, all bags will be checked when tickets are scanned. Coolers and food items will not be permitted on the ship.

“There’s no better way to spend the Fourth of July than on the Charleston Harbor aboard the USS Yorktown,” said Executive Director Mac Burdette.  “We work each year to make this event the best July 4th event in the Southeast.  Those on the flight deck have the best seat in the house when it comes to the fireworks show.  It’s an experience all of our guests will cherish for years to come.”

In addition to ticketing options for the flight deck, Patriots Point will also provide live music and entertainment starting at 4 p.m. for those who prefer to watch the fireworks show for free onshore.   Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and jump castles, face painting and other activities will be available for children.   Parking will cost $10 per vehicle for all guests including those who purchase flight deck tickets.  Normal museum tour routes will close at 5 p.m. on the day of the Fireworks Blast.  The last ticket will be sold at 3:30 p.m.

For continuous updates leading up to the Fourth of July, as well as important weather and law enforcement  information throughout the live event, social media users are encouraged to follow #FireworksBlast17.

The 2017 Fourth of July Fireworks Blast is presented by Stevens Towing, the Town of Mount Pleasant, the City of Charleston, Parker Rigging, Salmons Dredging Corporation and the USS Yorktown Foundation.


Below find a helpful video and a list of Frequently Asked Questions that may be helpful to you as you plan to join us for the 2017 Fourth of July Fireworks Blast.




2017 FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS BLAST FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

How much is Parking?

Parking is $10/vehicle for everyone, even if you purchased tickets for the event. Parking is first-come, first-serve and the ticket is good all day.

Is there guaranteed parking for flight deck ticket holders?

No, we are unable to guarantee parking for any ticket holders. We recommend you arrive early to obtain parking closest to the event.

Are there any ticket refunds if there is inclement weather?

All ticket sales are final. The fireworks will go off rain or shine.

Will credit cards be accepted at food/beverage vendors?

No, we will accept only cash. We will have several ATM’s available throughout the property.

What time will guests with a $40 or $110 ticket be allowed on the flight deck?

Guests may board the ship starting at 6 p.m.

What time will the museum close for General Admission ticket holders?

The last ticket to the museum will be sold at 3:30 p.m.  The museum will close at 5 p.m. Everyone will be required to leave the ship at that time.

Are coolers allowed on the ship?

No, coolers and outside food/beverages are not allowed on the ship or pier.

Are coolers for food or drink allowed at the landside celebration?

Yes, coolers are welcome if you plan to stay landside.  They will not be allowed on the pier or flight deck.

Can I go early and set up tent and table for landside viewing?

You are welcome to come and set up your area early, but all tents must be taken down by 8 p.m. so as not to block fireworks viewing for any other spectators.

I have a portable grill, am I able to bring that out as well?

Due to fire codes, no fire-producing devices, including grills of any type, are allowed on the grounds of Patriots Point.

Will tables and chairs be provided?

Tables and chairs will only be provided to those who have purchased a $110 VIP ticket.  Other flight deck ticket holders may bring their own chairs.

What time will the music begin?

For the landside celebration, live music will kick off at 5 p.m. with kids’ activities beginning at 4 p.m.  The music on the flight deck will begin at 6 p.m.

Is there a less expensive ticket option for children?

No, all guests must have a regular ticket.  Admission costs will only be waived for infants carried in their parents’ arms.

Are strollers allowed landside and on the USS Yorktown?

Yes, strollers are welcome in both locations.

What areas are considered blind spots?

The fireworks will be shot from a barge in the Cooper River.  We have taken extra measures to ensure the barge is located in an area that will provide the highest visibility for our guests.  In addition, we will be placing signs on landside areas were viewing may be limited.

Are pets allowed?

No pets, except for service animals, are permitted at Patriots Point for the Fourth of July Blast. Owners of service animals should be aware that the surface of the flight deck can get very hot in high temperatures during the summer.

Will we be able to bring in sparklers during the landside celebration to enjoy personally before the fireworks show?

Due to fire codes, no fire-producing devices, including sparklers, are allowed on the grounds of Patriots Point.

Is there an elevator available for the handicapped?

Yes, and those that require assistance down the pier can be driven down on a golf cart or electric shuttle.

What time will the fireworks start?

The sun is expected to set around 8:30 p.m.  The fireworks will begin once it is dark, which is normally by 9 – 9:15 p.m.

Can we tour the USS Yorktown after 6 pm?

Yes, July 4th Flight Deck ticket holders will be allowed to tour the Yorktown from 6-8 pm. Access to the other ships will not be allowed at that time.

 What type of food and beverages will be available for sale?

Hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, wings, barbeque, pizza, snow cones, chips, popcorn, etc. There will be several beverages options like soft drinks, bottled water, lemonade, beer, and wine.

Can you tell me if there will be gluten free food options available for purchase?

There will definitely be gluten-free options. There will be peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers (both without buns, of course), chips and other options. Hope that helps. Let us know if you have any additional questions.

I purchased tickets but have not received them by email. What do I do?

First, check your junk mail box. If they are not there you can email ticketing@patriotspoint.org or call 843-884-2727 (use extension 4999 if a live person does not answer the phone) during normal business hours. Please have the email address you used to purchase tickets. Having your order number is also handy.

 Is there a military discount available for July 4th tickets?

Not for the event that night.  The ticket packages on the flight deck of the USS YORKTOWN are $110 or $40.

Is there a discount if I purchase both the General Admission and July 4th Event tickets?

No discounts are offered on July 4th event tickets.

Are guests allowed to ride bicycles into Patriots Point?

Yes, biking is one way to reach the celebration.  There is some bike parking available.  Bikes will not be allowed to go down the pier.

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10 thoughts on “Tickets to 2017 Fourth of July Fireworks Blast Now Available

  1. Beverly McGinnis says:

    We have purchased the $110. Tickets will the dinner have gluten free items? Thank you.

    1. Molly Hamilton says:

      Hi Beverly. Yes, the barbeque meal offered to VIP guests is gluten free with the exception of the mac n’ cheese and bread. In addition, there will be additional options available at other areas of the flight deck and at the landside celebration including: peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers (both without buns, of course), french fries, and chips. We hope that information is helpful to you. Please let us know if you have any additional concerns.

      Molly Hamilton
      Public Information & Media Relations

  2. Jimmy Ritchie says:

    By complimentary drinks are there a limit? And does it includ beer and wine?

    1. Molly Hamilton says:

      Good morning Jimmy. Yes, complimentary drinks for VIP ticket holders include house liquor, beer and wine. There is no limit to the number of complimentary drinks (unless a bartender feels a guest has been overserved and declines further drinks for the safety of the guest).

      We hope you will join us for this spectacular event; but act fast as only about 10 VIP tickets remain for the event!

      Molly Hamilton
      Public Information & Media Relations

  3. Lori Schuler says:

    Do the $40 flight deck tickets include the USS Laffey and the USS Clamagore during normal hours?

    1. Molly Hamilton says:

      Good morning Lori. Thanks for your interest in our event. The Laffey and Clamagore will be closed to tours once the event begins at 6 p.m. If you would like to tour other vessels/exhibits at our museum, you would need to arrive prior to its closure at 5 p.m. and purchase an admission ticket. The $40 flight deck tickets are good for the event on the Yorktown only, beginning at 6 p.m. The USS Yorktown will be open for touring for event guests from 6-8 p.m.

      Hope that helps!

      Molly Hamilton
      Public Information & Media Relations

  4. Derek says:

    Will the water taxis be on an extended schedule to help support this event?

    1. Molly Hamilton says:

      Good morning Derek. While we believe the water taxis do run on an extended schedule on the Fourth of July, you would need to contact that company directly to confirm. Charleston Water Taxi is a company independent from our museum. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonwatertaxi.com.

      Hope that helps!

      Molly Hamilton
      Public Information & Media Relations

  5. KJ says:

    Who were the individual guys and two groups that performed landside?

    1. Molly Hamilton says:

      Good morning! We hope you enjoyed the July 4th Fireworks Blast ’17. There were three acts that played landside yesterday. They were:
      1) David Easton
      2) Travelin’ Kine
      3) Stained Glass Wall

      Hope to see you next year!

      Molly Hamilton
      Public Information & Media Relations

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