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Port of San Diego and Big Bay Boom Producer Announce 2020 Plans

Live fireworks show canceled due to COVID-19; tune in to Big Bay Boom TV special

In alignment with the State of California’s Stay-at-Home Order prohibiting large events and gatherings, and prioritizing public health, the Port of San Diego, title sponsor of the Big Bay Boom, and event producer Sandy Purdon jointly announce the 2020 fireworks show will not go on as planned this coming Fourth of July.

“Half a million people look forward to the Big Bay Boom each year, and it’s big business for our San Diego Bay waterfront tenants. Ultimately, public health is most important, and we must follow state public health directives which say large public events are not allowed and aren’t likely to be allowed for some time,” said Port of San Diego CEO Randa Coniglio. “We look forward to the return of this celebratory and captivating event in 2021.”

Like many events this year, the Big Bay Boom is going virtual. The public is invited to tune in to a television special to air on Saturday, July 4, 2020 on FOX 5 (San Diego) and KTLA (Los Angeles). While details are still to come, the special will feature Big Bay Boom fireworks from past years, along with special interviews and content.

“More than 125,000 households throughout Southern California and Baja watched the 2019 Big Bay Boom on television – making it the most watched locally produced special in the country. This year, we’re focusing all our efforts on the TV special and plan to include even more content to celebrate our nation’s independence,” said Sandy Purdon, Big Bay Boom Executive Producer.

“The Big Bay Boom is a long-standing tradition and a cornerstone of summer celebrations in San Diego. We stand united with the Port and Sandy to ensure the long-term health and safety of our community. FOX 5 San Diego looks forward to our continued partnership and live telecast of this community event in 2021,” said Scott Heath, FOX 5 Vice President/General Manager.

Coronado and Imperial Beach have also canceled their 2020 Fourth of July celebrations.

Big Bay Boom Partners Look Ahead to 2021

Jim Souza, CEO of Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, says, “We remain committed to continue working with the Big Bay Boom as a partner in this great event for an even bigger and better show for 2021.”

Pacific Maritime Group President Steve Frailey, says, “We have been a longtime supporter of the Big Bay Boom and other marine events on San Diego Bay. We feel Big Bay Boom will be a sign of community resilience and strength when it is finally celebrated, no matter the date. Pacific Maritime Group looks forward to continuing to provide the best event logistics, tugboats, barges and expertise for Big Bay Boom and all of the fireworks and events we serve.”

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.