The 16th annual Big Bay Boom fireworks extravaganza will cap a full day of Independence Day celebrations around the San Diego area.
Beginning around 9 p.m., fireworks will be shot off from four barges in San Diego Bay for around 20 minutes, with viewing from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero in downtown San Diego and, in Coronado, the ferry landing and Tidelands Park.
The display will be choreographed to music broadcast live on Max FM 105.7 radio and Mighty 1090 AM. A live telecast of the show can be viewed on Fox 5 San Diego and KTLA in Los Angeles.
Because of the expected large crowds, spectators are urged to use public transit.
The Metropolitan Transit System announced that Green Line trolleys will run every 7 1/2 minutes beginning at 3:30 p.m. from Qualcomm Stadium, and more frequent service will be available on all three lines after the show. The last trolleys depart downtown stations around midnight, according to the MTS.
The North County Transit District said the last Coaster train of the night will depart San Diego at 11:41 p.m., and arrive at the Oceanside Transit Center in time to meet an added Sprinter run to Escondido.
For those who wish to view the Big Bay Boom from a boat, the Port of San Diego is expanding the La Playa Anchorage near Shelter Island for the weekend. Glorietta Bay off Coronado will also be available for boaters.
Fireworks displays are scheduled for 9 p.m. in numerous locations around San Diego.
A variety of activities are scheduled throughout the day in Coronado, starting at 7 a.m. with 5K and 12K runs at Tidelands Park, an art show at 8 a.m. at Spreckels Park, a 9 a.m. rough water swim at Central Beach, and the annual parade running along Orange Avenue beginning at 10 a.m.
Family activities, live music and food will be the highlights prior to fireworks at several locations around the county, including Kennedy Park in El Cajon, Town Center Community Park in Santee, the California Center for the Arts in Escondido and Old Poway Park in Poway.
Local events will also include the final day of the San Diego County Fair, which will include a fireworks show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and a Summer Pops Show at Embarcadero Marina Park South, featuring Cash’d Out, a Johnny Cash tribute band.
— City News Service
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