With four locations there are plenty of options for where you can see the fireworks from your boat on San Diego Bay.


  • Observe the 300 yard safety zones around the barges.
  • Keep a lookout for boats around you.
  • Have a life jacket for each person on board.
  • Use the proper signals and navigation lights.
  • Arrive before dark.

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.

Boat Ramps

The Shelter Island boat ramp is under renovation and will only have one lane open. Expect delays and consider  alternate boat ramps.

big bAY BOOMAnchorage Permits

Thanks to a sponsorship from the San Diego Port Tenants Association, the La Playa Anchorage near Shelter Island will be expanded for the weekend prior to July 4th and permits will not be needed. The special anchorage will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Vessels attempting to enter before that time will be turned away. The La Playa Anchorage will close at noon on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

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.

The Coast Guard, Harbor Police and special patrol vessels will assist in providing safety on the water along with the Harbor Police. Plan to get there early, before dark.

Download the Barge Chart (PDF)Big Bay Boom Barge Chart locations.