SAN DIEGO – One of San Diego’s biggest events celebrating America’s 245th birthday returns Sunday, a year after the coronavirus pandemic canceled most of the July 4th holidays.
The San Diego Harbor Big Bay Boom fireworks show takes place Sunday at 9 p.m. over San Diego Bay. The Port of San Diego is the title sponsor of the 20-minute fireworks display. Simultaneous music broadcast will be broadcast live on KGB 101.5 FM radio.
Fireworks will be fired from four barges strategically placed around San Diego Bay. Barge locations will be located off the coasts of Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero and South Embarcadero.
“We are delighted with the return of the Big Bay Boom,” said Michael Zucchet, Chairman of the Board of Harbor Commissioners. “Not only is this event amazing to see and to celebrate our nation’s independence, but it has a major economic impact on the port and the region, and this will be especially significant this year as we come out of a very difficult time. . “
An economic impact study conducted by Point Loma Nazarene University and the authors of the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute found that the Big Bay Boom generated $ 10.1 million in additional sales for hotels, restaurants, stores retail, tour operators, museums, charter cruise lines, boat rental companies and other businesses.
“The Big Bay Boom this year will be our 20th and we hope it welcomes everyone after a year on COVID,” said Sandy Purdon, executive producer of the event. “Besides being one of the biggest Fourth of July fireworks in America, it supports the Armed Services YMCA and our military families in San Diego.”
The Big Bay Boom can be viewed from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Spanish Landing, North Embarcadero, South Embarcadero, Cesar E. Chavez Park, and Coronado Tidelands Park. Parking lots fill up early and the Port of San Diego strongly encourages the use of public transit or carpooling. The Metropolitan Transit System will provide expanded train, light rail and bus service and offer “Friends Ride Free” – where a friend can travel for free with a paying customer on all MTS routes on July 4th.
Major viewing sites are near the following stations: County Center / Little Italy, Santa Fe Depot, One America Plaza, Seaport Village, Convention Center, and Gaslamp Quarter.
Due to the large number of visitors to Harbor Island and Shelter Island, access roads to these parks may be closed to incoming vehicles at any given time of day. Pedestrian access will remain available. As part of efforts to ensure a safe and accessible waterfront, there will be zero tolerance for illegal parking. Double parking, parking in the red zone and parking against posted signs will result in fines and / or towing.
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