While San Diego is notorious for its sunny weather year round, the summer is an especially exciting time to visit the city. Unlike other southern parts of the country, temperatures are bearable in July, usually settling in the high 70s. One of the most exciting San Diego attractions to take part in this summer is the Big Bay Boom Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, which is known as one of the biggest and best fireworks displays in the country.
For the Big Bay Boom, fireworks are launched simultaneously from four barges strategically located throughout San Diego’s North Bay starting at 9 PM. Orchestrated to originally produced music selections, broadcast by The Walrus 105.7FM, the fireworks show can be seen and heard from anywhere along the waterfront. Some of the best viewing spots are Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the North Embarcadero, Coronado Ferry Landing, Seaport Village, and the Marina District. Over 500,000 people are expected to attend this event, so it’ll be helpful to learn a little about each of these spots before you go!
Harbor Island, a peninsula situated between downtown San Diego and Shelter Island, offers a stunning view of the fireworks with the skyline in the background. The small “island” has limited parking, so you may want to take advantage of the free shuttle service offered by the Port of San Diego, which departs from the Port Administration building on Pacific Highway.
Shelter Island is another intimate spot to watch the Big Bay Boom celebration, located on the small strip of land on Point Loma’s bay front. With an excellent view of the fireworks, Shelter Island fills up fast. The area is expected to be at capacity by 1 PM. It’s strongly advised that you walk or take the free shuttle, and make sure to have your lawn chair and a picnic basket in tow.
The North Embarcadero and the Marina District, on the East side of San Diego Bay, provide a hassle-free way to see the fireworks—and you’ll still get a spectacular view. Parking is available in various lots and on many streets, but you’ll still want to secure your spot early. Gourmet seafood restaurants and fish markets line the coast in this neighborhood that hosts many of the top San Diego attractions. Spend your day exploring the USS Midway Museum or onboard a San Diego Harbor Tour.
Seaport Village, a waterfront shopping and dining complex on the southern end of the Embarcadero, is another popular spot to watch the fireworks. Dinner and drinks in any one of many restaurants with bay views will set you up nicely for sprawling out on the grass when the fireworks start.
Coronado Ferry Landing, on the Coronado Island, also offers a view of the Big Bay Boom fireworks and ample parking. If you don’t feel like driving, catch the Coronado Ferry for a scenic 15-minute voyage. Coronado Island also has a Fourth of July celebration of its own, including a parade, a concert, and fireworks over Glorietta Bay.
With just 9 days until the Fourth of July, anticipation is growing. This holiday is one of America’s favorite opportunities to relax with family and friends, so it’s fitting that it would end in a grand spectacle of fireworks. Make the most of your whole Fourth of July weekend by using a Go San Diego Card attractions pass to see all that makes this sunny, SoCal city so delightful.