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2017 Big Bay Boom: Parking, Transit & Where to Watch

The Port of San Diego strongly encourages you to use public transportation to watch the Big Bay Boom due to half-million spectators expected

San Diego’s biggest Fourth of July Fireworks show, the Big Bay Boom, is right around the corner and, if you're one of the up to half-million spectators expected, there are a few things to consider.

For starters, some of the best spots to watch the fireworks show include:

  • Shelter Island
  • Harbor Island
  • North Embarcadero
  • Marina District
  • Coronado Ferry Landing
Bring blankets or lawn chairs to make your spot extra comfortable.

Secondly, to get there among the large crowds, the Port of San Diego strongly encourages the use of public transportation. Free shuttle service is available to Shelter Island and Harbor Island. Plenty of free parking is also available at Qualcomm Stadium, where you can then catch a ride on the trolley to the Big Bay Boom.

Harbor Island’s free shuttle service will be provided by Goldfield Stage. Pick-up will be at the San Diego International Airport's Long Term Parking Lot, at the corner of North Harbor Drive and Liberator Way, east of Airport Terminal 1. Passengers will be dropped off and picked up after the show at the San Diego Harbor Police Headquarters.

Shuttle service begins departing at 5:30 p.m., and the final shuttle run will be at 11 p.m. Park at the airport parking lot off McCain Road and North Harbor Drive west of Airport Terminal 2. Note that shuttle service is free, but parking at this lot will cost $12 per car.

Shelter Island’s free shuttle bus will be provided by Old Town Trolley Shuttle, from the corner of Carleton and Rosecrans streets in Point Loma, adjacent to West Marine. The shuttle will drop off and pick up riders in front of the gazebo on Shelter Island. Shuttle service begins departing at 3 p.m. and the final shuttle run will be at 11 p.m.

North Embarcadero parking is available from Grape Street to Broadway including at the B Street Pier. There are various lots and streets from Harbor Drive to Pacific Highway as well.

Marina District parking is available at Navy Pier, the G Street Mole/Fish Market and Harbor Drive, where available.

The Coronado Ferry Landing has parking options available in the shopping center, as well as on the public streets in the general vicinity.

The Big Bay Boom starts at 9 p.m. sharp, so plan accordingly; it's sure to be a blast.

For more information on Big Bay Boom, click here.

For NBC 7's extensive guide on more than a dozen 4th of July fireworks displays across San Diego County, click here.

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