San Diego’s July 4 Celebration Culminates in 18th Annual ‘Big Bay Boom’

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Fireworks light up the downtown San Diego waterfront, Courtesy Port of San Diego

The 18th annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom Fourth of July fireworks show is expected to draw several hundred thousand people to downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.

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Technicians will begin the show at 9 p.m. from four barges around San Diego Bay in sequence with music broadcast live on MAX FM 105.7 and The Mighty 1019 AM.

Roughly 500,000 people watched the show last year, according to the Port.

Attendees are encouraged to watch this year’s spectacle from a variety of locations around the bay, including Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero Marina Park North, Embarcadero Marina Park South, Cesar Chavez Park and the Coronado Ferry Landing.

Spectators are encouraged to arrive early as parking will be limited and traffic will be heavy.

The port’s waterfront shuttle will loop around the bay Wednesday as it makes eight stops along North Harbor Drive. There will also be special service to Harbor and Shelter islands.

Additionally, the Metropolitan Transit System will run an enhanced service schedule to accommodate the influx of people expected for the show.

Enhanced service on the Sycuan Green Line between SDCCU Stadum and downtown begins at 3:22 p.m. Trains will depart every seven minutes until the start of the fireworks show.

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Parking will be free and plentiful at the stadium, as well as other park-and-ride lots through the system, according to MTS.

On the UC San Diego Blue Line and Orange Line, trains will depart every 15 minute throughout the day.

MTS recommends several viewing locations along the trolley line, including Little Italy, the Santa Fe Depot, Seaport Village, the Convention Center and the Gaslamp Quarter.

Frequent trolley service will resume for all three lines after the fireworks conclude.

On Independence Day, MTS allows one person to ride free with a fare-paying customer on all routes.

— City News Service

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