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Let Freedom Ring Aboard the USS Hornet this Fourth of July




This 4th of July, Bay Area residents can celebrate in a truly patriotic way onboard the historic aircraft carrier-turned museum, the USS Hornet. The highlight of the evening will be when visitors gather on the flight deck to view the breathtaking fireworks display in San Francisco.




The USS Hornet Museum is located at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda.


The day-long celebration begins at noon on Saturday, July 4 and runs until 10 p.m. and will be filled with food, games, live entertainment, cash bars and food concessions. This annual event has become a celebration for many across the Bay Area.


Live entertainment begins at noon and can be found throughout the ship. Roaming the Hangar Deck will be Skip Henderson’s Starboard Watch. Beginning at 3 p.m., Walter Hand and the Blue Hand Band will perform on the Flight Deck.


The high-energy Celtic rock band Tempest takes the stage at 4:30 p.m. The night ends with performances by McKenna Faith Band and Eddie and the Boppers.


There will also be a variety of games for all ages including a bounce house and inflatable slide. A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase.


Throughout the day, guests can explore the numerous decks of the legendary aircraft carrier – the flight deck, hangar bays, captain’s bridge, ship’s hospital and the torpedo shop. Visitors will be able to view the many exhibits housed on the Hornet, including the West Coast’s largest Apollo Moon Mission display and more than a dozen aircraft ranging from WWII vintage to modern era.


Enjoy a close-up look at a TBM Avenger, an F-14 Tomcat and a helicopter from the “Apollo 13” movie.


Tickets are $20 for adults ($25 at the door) and $10 for youth 6-17. Children 5 and under with a paying adult gain free admission. Price includes on and off privileges.


Free parking is available across from the Hornet. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (510) 521-8448, ext. 282.


Proceeds benefit the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, and support the preservation of the historic aircraft carrier and the educational programs of the USS Hornet Museum.



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