Happy 237th Birthday USA!
"My God! How little do my countrymen know that precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on Earth enjoy!" ~ Thomas Jefferson
Here are the best places in the San Diego area to watch Fourth of July fireworks.
San Diego, plus the cities that rim, or look over, the San Diego Bay:
The Big Bay Boom!
Fireworks begin 9:00pm and lasts for twenty minutes. Music for this event will be broadcast on Walrus 105.7FM.
There is something about fireworks over water that makes it even more beautiful and impressive. The Big Bay Boom is really spectacular. Four barges full of fireworks are placed in different locations on the San Diego Bay. The barge locations are; between Coronado and Seaport Village, the north end of the Embarcadero, Harbor Island and Shelter Island. With these locations, the amazing fireworks display can be seen throughout many San Diego locations. There is a three hundred yard safety zone around each of the barges so boaters must stay clear of that. This is a huge event, one of the largest in the United States, so you can imagine parking downtown San Diego, and in many other prime viewing spots, can be a challenge. Typically, parking on Shelter Island is closed by 1pm and by 5pm on Harbor Island. There are several shuttle, trolley, and other transportation options. Click to see the Big Bay Boom parking and transportation options.
You may have heard as it made nation-wide news, last year turned into the Big Bay Bust. There was an astounding computer malfunction and all the fireworks went up at once. Thousands and thousands of dollars of fireworks went up in just a few seconds. Hopefully there will be no such problem this year!
9pm La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, located right on the ocean at 1180 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, will be the site for the annual fireworks display. Beautiful fireworks in a stunning location!
Click link for more information about La Jolla.
The idyllic island town of Coronado goes all out for our nation's Independence Day! This year will mark the 64th Fourth of July Parade (typically lasts 2 hours) which starts at 10am. The party atmosphere lasts all day, and you can start setting up your lawn chairs on Orange Ave. at 5am (not before). Beside the parade there will also be an Independence Day 15k run and 5k run/walk at Tidelands Park, 7am. An art show, Art in the Park at Spreckels Park, 8am to 4pm for visitors and locals to browse. A rough water swim will be held at 9am at Central Beach. The Coronado Community Concert Band will perform at the Concert at the Park (Spreckels Park) beginning at 4pm. Fireworks over Glorietta Bay will begin at 9pm and the radio station to tune into will be KYXY 96.5FM Coronado residents and visitors will also be able to see fireworks from The Big Bay Boom.
Click link for more information about Coronado.
Fireworks 9pm from the Pier. Radio will be at KPRi 102.1. Again, fireworks right over the ocean is gorgeous!
Click link for information about Ocean Beach on the Point Loma Peninsula.
Pacific Beach / Mission Beach:
Depending upon your location you will probably be able to see the fireworks from La Jolla which starts at 9pm, Ocean Beach 9pm and/or SeaWorld which starts at 9:30pm.
Click link for information about the Pacific Beach / Mission Beach Community.
The 4th of July is the final day for the San Diego County Fair and Fireworks from the Fairgrounds will begin at 9pm.
For the 4th of July 2013, I hope you get to view a spectacular fireworks display and enjoy the celebration of our nation's 237th birthday!
San Diego CA Fourth of July 2013 - Spectacular!