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Experience the Awe - Celebrate Independence Day on San Diego Bay at the Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom!

Jun 18, 2017 01:27PM ● By Paul Spear

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the skies around San Diego Bay will light up with a thrilling pyrotechnics display in the 17th annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom.

Starting at 9 p.m., fireworks will be launched simultaneously from four barges placed strategically around San Diego Bay, providing a spectacular, patriotic display with waterfront views. The most popular spectator areas are Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero Marina Parks North and South, Cesar Chavez Park and Coronado Ferry Landing.

The approximately 20-minute show will be choreographed to music broadcast live on MAX FM 105.7 radio and The Mighty 1090 AM. A live telecast of the show can be viewed on both FOX 5 (San Diego & Baja, Mexico) and KTLA (Los Angeles and Southern California region).

The Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom has been ranked as one of the top Fourth of July events in the country and draws hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors from across the globe to enjoy this celebratory and captivating event on the dynamic waterfront of San Diego Bay. It’s among the many unique events the Port sponsors throughout the year.

To ensure a fun and safe experience for all, the Port’s Harbor Police Department along with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be prominent on the bay and waterfront on July 4th. And because public safety is everyone’s responsibility, residents and visitors are encouraged to report suspicious activity to a uniformed officer, call 911 or the Harbor Police non-emergency number at 619-686-6272. The public should be prepared to describe who or what they saw, when they saw it, where it occurred and why it’s suspicious.

The Port encourages spectators to get to the waterfront very early as parking will be extremely limited and traffic will be heavy. Options include free event shuttle service to Harbor Island and Shelter Island, along with the Port of San Diego Waterfront Shuttle that connects multiple locations on the San Diego bayfront, as well as parking facilities and public transportation. Click here to view parking and shuttle details.

Because of the large volume of visitors to Harbor Island and Shelter Island, the access roads to these parks may be closed to entering vehicles at some point during the day. Pedestrian and shuttle access will remain available. Also as part of efforts to ensure a safe and accessible waterfront, there will be zero tolerance for illegal parking. Double-parking, parking in a red zone and parking against posted signs will result in citations and/or towing.

All boaters interested in viewing the event on the water are asked to be extra cautious and pay special attention to the Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol boats with flashing yellow lights. They will be ensuring boaters do not get within the 300-yard perimeter safety zones around the four fireworks barges. All boaters are also encouraged to review the ABCs of California Boating. A new law requires children under the age of 13 to wear a lifejacket on a vessel of any length.

For boaters planning to use the Shelter Island boat ramp, please note that it is under renovation and will only have one lane open. Expect delays and consider alternate ramps. A list of alternate boat ramps can be found on the Port of San Diego website.

Thanks to a sponsorship from the San Diego Port Tenants Association, the La Playa Anchorage near Shelter Island will be expanded for the weekend prior to July 4th and permits will not be needed. The special anchorage will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Vessels attempting to enter before that time will be turned away. The La Playa Anchorage will close at noon on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Boaters in the Glorietta Bay area of Coronado will not require a permit between 12 p.m.on Friday, June 30, 2017 and 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. City of Coronado Lifeguards will direct boaters to the special anchoring area. Vessels will not be permitted to enter the special anchorage area prior to 12 p.m. on June 30. The A-5 Anchorage in Glorietta Bay will be closed due to its close proximity of the fireworks barge.

For detailed information on the Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom, visit

About the Port of San Diego:
The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities.  Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront.  From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

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