The Fourth of July holiday in San Diego has been scaled back over the last few decades. I remember when there fireworks in just about every place in the county. Then, they started to get fewer and smaller. Part of the reason is the dry climate and increasing risk of wildfires. Other reasons are the effect on the environment and pollution. But, the main reason for reducing fireworks shows on the Fourth of July seems to be lack of funding either because of environmental lawsuits or just the cost of running the show.
There will still be several fireworks and other celebrations in the San Diego for 2014. All of them take place near the coast. Here are some suggested events happening this year that are unique for San Diego. Some events may charge fees to attend.
Big Bay Boom: The largest of all the fireworks shows in San Diego. Several simultaneous shows will take place from various places around San Diego Bay. The music for the event will be heard on FM 105.7 and the fireworks start at 9 p.m. A couple of years ago, this event was made famous when all the fireworks went off at the same time, lasting about a minute. While it was spectacular to watch, it was a disappointment to the hundreds of thousands of people. Visit their website, http://www.bigbayboom.com, to get exact times and shuttle information for this year’s event.
Coronado: Coronado has a day-long celebration from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. when the fireworks start. The day starts out with a 15K run/walk at Tidelands Park at 7 a.m. There is a rough water swim at Central Beach at 9 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on First and Orange. Most of the other events, including the concert in the park at 4 p.m. take place at Spreckles Park at 6th and Orange. The fireworks can be seen in Glorietta Bay near the bridge.
San Diego County Fair: Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and is free with admission to the fair. The event should be visible from just about any position in the fair. Price of admission is $14 for adults, $8 for seniors over 62 and kids 6-12, and 5 and under is free.
Cabrillo National Monument: For a uniquely San Diego event, the Cabrillo National Monument will be open for fireworks viewing from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Usually, the park closes at 5 p.m. This is a spectacular view of the event from the end of Point Loma high above the fireworks on the bay. Space is limited and the cost is $35 per vehicle (not per person). Visit their website for more details.