Celebrate Independence Day with indoor fireworks, family friendly scavenger hunt

Credit: Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

Credit: Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is celebrating Independence Day this year with indoor fireworks and a new scavenger hunt activity.

Red, White and Boonshoft will host the fireworks display in the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater.

The 25-minute screenings will be July 3 and 4 with showings at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The theater will be limited to 60 people and sanitized in between showings.

Ticket are $6 per person and available on the days of the screening. Children will receive glow sticks when they arrive.

The museum also is hosting a new citywide Summer Scavenger Hunt from June 29 to July 4.

The family-friendly hunt is a series of social media contests requiring competitors to engage with local landmarks.


The hunt will have participants on the lookout for flood markers at RiverScape, animals in the museum’s Discovery Zoo, the Wright brothers grave and more.

Participation is free and participants can register here.  The first 250 participants who register and complete the Scavenger Hunt will receive two free museum admission tickets.

Anyone beyond the first 250 participants may participate and play for a prize of $5 off a purchase of $25 or more in the gift shop.

Full details about the Summer Scavenger Hunt can be found here.

The museum, 2600 DeWeese Parkway, has reopened with limited capacity during the pandemic.

Admission is $14.50 adults, $12.50 seniors (60+), and $11.50 for children (3-17), Children younger than 3 and members are free.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.

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