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Maritime Museum of San Diego is hosting a Fourth of July barbecue and fireworks watching party again this year.

A barbecue dinner will be provided at two seatings -- one from 5-6:30 p.m. and the other from 7-8:30 p.m. The observation deck of the museum's historic 1898 steam ferry Berkeley provides a spectacular view of the fireworks show over San Diego Bay, which begins at 9 p.m.. Fireworks viewing are included with museum admission and guests are welcome to watch fireworks from several ships as well as the new mooring platform located directly behind the Berkeley.

Prices for dinner purchased in advance online are $35 for adults and $18 children 12 and under. Kids 5 and under are free. A special discounted admission of $10 will begin at 8:30 p.m. for guests only wanting to watch the fireworks. Museum closes at 9:30 p.m.

For those looking for a more exhilarating experience, the museum is offering a fireworks cruise on board the schooner Californian. The cruise will leave the museum at 6:30 p.m. and return after the fireworks show is over. Passengers on board will experience the awesome power of Californian's six-pound deck guns as she joins the fireworks presentation with a rousing broadside. A full bar will be on board for those 21 and over wishing to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Tickets for the fireworks cruise are $85 each. Guests can also ride on the 1914 Pilot boat from 7:30-9:30pm for just $35 and enjoy the fireworks from the water. All activities include admission to the museum and our art exhibits. Additional food and beverages items will be available for purchase at our coffee cart. For more information and reservations, the public can call 619-234-9153 ext. 101 or check the Maritime Museum's website at www.sdmaritime.org.

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