Monday, September 21, 2020

Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom – Fireworks Over San Diego Bay

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the skies around San Diego Bay will light up with a thrilling pyrotechnics display in the 17th annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom.

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Starting at 9 p.m., fireworks will be launched simultaneously from four barges placed strategically around San Diego Bay, providing a spectacular, patriotic display with waterfront views. The most popular spectator areas are Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero Marina Parks North and South, Cesar Chavez Park and Coronado Ferry Landing.

NOTE: The Big Bay Boom is not affiliated with the Coronado fireworks display over Glorietta Bay also set to start at 9pm. The barge for the Coronado fireworks is located in the water between the Coronado Golf Course and the Coronado Community Center. These fireworks, accompanied by music on KYXY 96.5 radio, will last about 15 minutes. 

The approximately 20-minute show will be choreographed to music broadcast live on MAX FM 105.7 radio and The Mighty 1090 AM. A live telecast of the show can be viewed on both FOX 5 (San Diego & Baja, Mexico) and KTLA (Los Angeles and Southern California region).

Boaters in the Glorietta Bay area of Coronado will not require a permit between 12 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017 and 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. City of Coronado Lifeguards will direct boaters to the special anchoring area. Vessels will not be permitted to enter the special anchorage area prior to 12 p.m. on June 30. The A-5 Anchorage in Glorietta Bay will be closed due to its close proximity of the fireworks barge.

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All boaters interested in viewing the event on the water are asked to be extra cautious and pay special attention to the Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol boats with flashing yellow lights. They will be ensuring boaters do not get within the 300-yard perimeter safety zones around the four fireworks barges. All boaters are also encouraged to review the ABCs of California Boating. A new law requires children under the age of 13 to wear a lifejacket on a vessel of any length.

Big Bay Boom barge map

For detailed information on the Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom, visit

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to:


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