Celebrate the 4th of July at the NEWSEUM with a rooftop view of fireworks and a Presidential Chef

Arts & Entertainment

Spend Independence Day in the heart of Washington, DC at the Newseum for a casual rooftop dinner. Experience the spectacular fireworks show set against the iconic landscape of historic buildings and monuments, family friendly activities, and a story telling visit with longest serving White House Chef Roland Mesnier.

Your 4th of July Newseum experience will begin in the afternoon and continue through the evening at one of the world’s most interactive museums, where five centuries of news history meets up-to-the-second technology and hands on exhibits.

Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, you will have the opportunity to spend time exploring the galleries, exhibitions and theaters on your own during the public hours. In addition, a private thirty minute tour will be offered at set times to take you behind the scenes to the broadcast studios and control rooms for “ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos” as well as other museum highlights.

When the museum closes to the public**, you will be able to continue exploring for an hour before moving to the Newseum's Knight Conference Center roof top for a reception and evening portion of your experience.

For dinner, guests will be treated to a casual red, white, and blue themed buffet with specialty food stations created by Wolfgang Puck Catering, as well as premium bar and indoor-outdoor seating.

Chef Roland Mesnier, the most notable pastry chef to five Presidents, will share White House anecdotes and stories during a lively Q&A and photo session. Chef Mesnier served twenty six years in the White House for Presidents Carter, through President George W. Bush. Never content to sit still, on Roland's days off from the White House, he developed and taught the first professional Pastry Arts Program at L’Academie Cuisine in Bethesda, MD – currently ranked in the top 10 Culinary schools in the U.S. and he continues to travel and teach around the world.

As a dessert treat, one of Chef Mesnier’s favorite Presidential 4th of July recipes will be included on the menu. Guests will receive the recipe as well as Chef Mesnier’s coffee table memoirs book, All the Presidents' Pastries, pre-signed for each guest.

Later in the evening, all guests will have a great vantage point for the nation’s spectacular fireworks display and a virtual front row seat to the Independence Day concert as the televised event comes to life on large screen televisions with enhanced audio.

Bring family and friends to enjoy this star spangled patriotic event in Washington,DC.

Your event will include these elements:


  • All-day access to Newseum
  • Newseum behind-the-scenes guided tour (30 minutes) and after-hours access from 5:00-6:00 PM*
  • "Red,White, & Blue" rooftop reception and dinner presented by Wolfgang Puck Catering
  • Q&A Photos w/former White House pastry chef, Dr. Roland Mesnier
  • Large Screen Viewing of the July 4th National Television Concert
  • Rooftop viewing of fireworks
  • Family friendly activities
  • Each guest will receive; Chef Mesnier’s Presidential dessert recipe and a pre-signed book - All the Presidents' Pastries by Chef Mesnier


Event Time: 2:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Event Location:
The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Knight Conference Center/Freedom Forum Entrance on 6th St.
Washington, DC 20001

NOTE: Mass transit is recommended. Parking is very limited in this part of Washington, DC and we anticipate many road closures due to the holiday.

Event Schedule:
2:30 PM: Registration at Newseum (individual touring)
3:00 PM, 3:45 PM, 4:30 PM: Private guided behind the scenes tour at The Newseum (2 groups per time slot/Approximately 20 people per group)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Continued individual touring
6:00 PM: Private cocktail reception on the roof followed by Chef Mesnier, Dinner, Televised Concert, Dessert, and Fireworks

*Ticket Prices - Tickets are limited to four per person and are priced as follows: $300 for Adults and children above 13 years of age, $200 for Children under 13 years of age, Free for Children under 2 years of age.

**Please note - After hours, all exhibits will be up and running with video and audio with the exception of: Be a TV Reporter, Annenberg theater, orientation theater, documentary theater and sports theater.

Event Location

The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001