This Fourth of July, you won’t have to crowd around the San Diego Bay to watch the Big Bay Boom.
The 2014 Port of San Diego fireworks show will be broadcast live on TV to more 20 million viewers across Southern California and Baja California, Mexico.
More than 500,000 visitors are expected to whip out their lawn chairs along Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village and Coronado Ferry Landing for some in-person viewing as well.
Many will be tuning their portable radios in to The Walrus 105.7 FM to hear the music to which the Independence Day spectacular is choreographed.
If you want to make it an even more memorable experience, you and the family can watch the fireworks from one of the special event locations: The Midway Aircraft Museum, Hornblower Yachts, Flagship Cruises, and the decks of the Berkeley and Star of India museums.
The July 4th show is slated to go off at 9 p.m. with a bang -- though hopefully not too big of one.
The 15th Annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom benefits the Armed Services YMCA. More than $50,000 was donated to the organization last year.
According to a study from Point Loma Nazarene University, the annual fireworks show has a $10.6 million economic benefit to the local economy. Boat rental and charters see six times the amount of business, and nearby businesses see a 30 percent boost in sales, the study says.