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After Dark: Boom

July 4

After Dark: Boom

Thursday, July 4, 2013 | 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Location:  Exploratorium, Pier 15

Note: Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Please note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

What’s the science behind fireworks? How are implosions different from explosions? What happens when hot water is combined with liquid nitrogen? The Exploratorium’s After Dark: Boom celebrates July 4th with rumbling, roaring thunder, the resonant thrum of taiko drumming, the explosive potential of liquid nitrogen, and spectacular explorations of other boom-related activities and exhibits.

Learn how the percussive power of pyrotechnics is a time-honored and indispensible feature of every Andean fiesta at a special screening of Gustavo Vazquez’s Playing with Fire (Jugando con fuego). In the community of Celendin, high in the Peruvian Andes, a family of rural firework makers overcomes accident and adversity to create a towering spectacle that embodies the flamboyant spirit of their community. Through this hour-long documentary, filmmaker Vazquez and co-producer Keith Muscutt create a tribute to a vanishing and under-appreciated art form.

Please note: The Exploratorium is not in the viewing corridor for San Francisco’s Independence Day fireworks display. To ensure the best view, you may wish to congregate at Fisherman’s Wharf or Crissy Field.