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June 3, 2009

Here's a great 4th of July deal

inner harbor fireworksCan you believe we're only a month away from Independence Day?

I haven't thought much about what I'm doing for the holiday. If you haven't either, you should look into this party on the rooftop of the Maryland Science Center (601 Light St.).

It's called 4th of July in the Sky, and features a four-hour open bar, dinner buffet, DJ, dancing, and an awesome view of the Inner Harbor.

As of this morning, advance tickets were $65 a pop. That ain't bad, gang.

You can get your tickets here ...

I've never been up there, but I can only assume that the Science Center would be one of the best places to watch the fireworks. I hear the rooftop only holds about 200 people, so if you're thinking about going, you should probably make a decision one way or another soon. It will probably fill up quick.

The press release the promotions agency sent me said it has a "premium open bar featuring Miller Lite and Bacardi." Heh.

I mean, "premium" isn't the first word that comes to mind when I think of those two brands. But whatever, it's still a good deal.

(Sun photo by Lloyd Fox)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:35 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Let me get this straight: They'll PAY me $65 to drink those beverages for a night?

What? No? Oh, then, never mind.

Does the $65 cover security too? These days you can't be too careful "down there".

@Sturmy - I'll admit that I'm watching my back more often down in Federal Hill based on recent events and newspaper articles, I still consider it safe.

Some kid got jumped just yesterday right next to the Science Center (as reported by the Baltimore Sun). This comes on the heels of Bealfield saying there are 40+ police officers in the Harbor area and Dixon saying that the area is safe. I know this isn't the venue for politics, but come on? 40 police officers can't contain the crime at Harborplace? I think 10 mall cops could do a better job then that.

It is Baltimore cops...they are too busy flirting with random women, getting their cars washed, and talking on their cell phones.

That Sun article made no sense. They said the attack was at East Baltimore and Calvert. But his father says it was at the Maryland Science Center which is at Light and Key Highway.

On WJZ news they said the attack was at the Science Center and he was picked up by his father at the Galleria. I wonder if the police "moved" the attack from where it took place to where they took his statement.

I attended last year.

Pros: Food was good, and plentiful. Drinks were mixed well, decent beer/wine selection.

Cons: Lines for the drinks were incredible long. Waited ~30 min every time, and it was one drink per person. I know this is common in open bar situations, but I really felt like I wasn't getting my money's worth. The view was great, for the people that could get to it. The view is occluded on the roof, so only about 1/3rd of the guests can get to the side were you can see the fireworks. Also you are very close to where the fireworks are being launched, limiting viewing angles even more.

My verdict: find a friend with a roof deck and buy $65 of your favorite brew and have a great time watching the fireworks.

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