Countdown on to 2013 Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show [UPDATED]

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Visitors Encouraged to Take Mass Transit due to North Embarcadero Construction

boomUpdated with parking and shuttle information

Preparations are underway for the annual Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show, one of the most popular events on the waterfront of San Diego Bay.

This year's show, which will take place on Thursday, July 4, 2013, is sponsored by the Port of San Diego and produced by H.P. Purdon & Company, Inc., which contracts with Garden State Fireworks, Inc. for the fireworks and related services.

Four barges in San Diego Bay will launch the pyrotechnics beginning at 9 p.m. The prime viewing locations include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Seaport Village in San Diego, and the Coronado Ferry Landing in Coronado. Spectators will also be allowed to bring chairs to view the show on Broadway Pier as well as the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal.

Fireworks will not be discharged at the Imperial Beach Pier this year.

The fireworks show in 2012 captured international attention after a malfunction caused thousands of fireworks to launch simultaneously in under 30 seconds.

"The world will be watching, so we need to deliver an exceptional show on July 4, 2013," said the show's Executive Producer Sandy Purdon in a press release on his website,

Here are some basic facts about the event:

  • Show Time: 9:00 p.m. (show lasts about 17 minutes)
  • Music radio simulcast on "The Walrus 105.7 FM"
  • Estimated attendance: 300,000-500,000 people
  • Economic Impact to San Diego Region: $10 million
  • Charity receiving proceeds of the event: Armed Services YMCA

Parking and shuttle information

To accommodate the large crowd expected on San Diego Bay this Fourth of July, the Port of San Diego has set up free parking lots with shuttle service to Harbor Island and Shelter Island. The parking lots will open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

Before the show

All shuttles will begin departing from designated parking lots at 6 p.m. and will run continuously until passengers have been taken to their respective destinations.


Shelter Island – Old Town Trolley Shuttle

If you would like to watch the show from Shelter Island, shuttle pick-up will be at the corner of Carleton Street and Rosecrans Street in Point Loma, adjacent to West Marine. Only street parking is available at this location. The shuttle will drop passengers off in front of the gazebo on Shelter Island.


Harbor Island – Five Star Tours Shuttle

For shuttle service to Harbor Island, park at the Port of San Diego Administration building, 3165 Pacific Highway, or the Port's employee lot across the street on the southwest corner of Pacific Highway and Sassafras Street. Pick-up will be near the entrance to the employee lot. Passengers will be dropped off at Harbor Island Park.

After the show

There is one pick-up spot on both Islands. On Shelter Island, riders should meet the shuttle at the Shelter Island Gazebo. On Harbor Island, the pick-up point is across Harbor Island Drive adjacent to San Diego Harbor Police Headquarters.

The first shuttles will leave shortly after the fireworks show. Please be patient while waiting for additional shuttles as the wait time may be significant. The final shuttle run from the islands will be at 11 p.m




Construction along the North Embarcadero has resulted in single lanes on North Harbor Drive as well as reduced parking for this event, as in years past. Those attending the Big Bay Boom in this area are highly encouraged to use mass transit to access the waterfront.

The Port's Harbor Police will close vehicle access to the Shelter and Harbor Islands when parking there becomes full. In the past, this has happened as early as 3 p.m.

Free shuttle service begins at 6 p.m. from designated parking lots which open at 5:30 p.m. Return shuttles will leave shortly after the fireworks show ends, with the last trip at 11 p.m.

All parking and shuttle information, as well as information for boaters, can be found on the

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About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula VistaCoronadoImperial BeachNational City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.

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