Thousands of people are expected to come to the waterfront to see the pyrotechnics. The Port of San Diego’s Harbor Police and Traffic Enforcement officers will be coordinating traffic control for the event, which starts at 9 p.m.
Old Town Trolley and Five Star Tours will be providing free shuttle service to Shelter Island and Harbor Island for the fireworks show. Shuttles will begin departing at 6 p.m. from the Port of San Diego Administration Building parking lot at 3165 Pacific Highway , San Diego and near the West Marine parking lot at 3717 Rosecrans Street, San Diego. The shuttles will also begin taking people back to their cars right after the fireworks show. Shuttle service will end at 11 p.m.
For Shelter Island viewing, the Old Town Trolley shuttle will pick passengers up at the corner of Carleton Street and Rosecrans Street in Point Loma, adjacent to the West Marine boating supply store. The shuttle will drop passengers in front of the gazebo on Shelter Island. This will also be the pick up area for those returning to their cars after the show.
For Harbor Island viewing, Five Star Tours will pick up passengers at the Port of San Diego Administration Building parking lot. Passengers may also use the Port’s employee parking lot, located directly across the street from the Port’s Administration Building, on the southwest corner of Pacific Highway and Sassafras Street. Passengers will be dropped off at the entrance of Harbor Island Park. For the return trip, passengers will be picked up on Harbor Island Drive, next to the Harbor Police
Parking along San Diego Bay fills up quickly and Shelter Island is usually full by 1 p.m. Last year, Shelter Island was closed to incoming traffic at 1 p.m. It is expected to close at about the same time this year. Harbor Island usually fills up by 5 p.m. Once all parking is taken there, the Harbor Police will close it.
Four fireworks barges will be placed strategically around Shelter Island, Harbor Island and the North and South Embarcaderos. Premium viewing will be available from all of the Port’s parks around the northern and central San Diego Bay area. These include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Spanish Landing, Embarcadero Marina Parks North and South, Cesar Chavez Park and Coronado Tidelands Park.
Additionally, the Big Bay Boom will have another location in Imperial Beach. Fireworks will be discharged off of the Imperial Beach Pier.
Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously to live music broadcasted on 105.7 The Walrus FM radio. San Diego Fox 5 will also televise the show live from the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. It is anticipated that the fireworks show will last approximately 16 ½ minutes.
The Port of San Diego is the title sponsor of the Big Bay Boom. Established in 2001 to benefit the San Diego Armed Services YMCA, the show also supports various programs for San Diego area military families. Other sponsors include the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of San Diego, Procopio, the Office of City of San Diego Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer, the Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Manchester Grand Hyatt, US Bank, the City of Imperial Beach, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and several other Port tenants and businesses.
The fireworks display is among the ways the Port of San Diego fulfills its mission to bring the people of California to the waterfront for fun, enjoyment and recreation.