The Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show to benefit the Armed Services YMCA will provide viewers with a spectacular show for the 21st time in 22 years. Having only missed 2020 due to COVID, the event will be seen by the largest live viewing audience of any event in San Diego. An expected crowd of over 400,000 people surrounding North San Diego Bay on land, homes, condominiums, dinner cruise ships, restaurants, hotels, and boats will see some of the most technical and advanced pyrotechnics available. Spectators can follow the choreographed music on their cell phones by connecting to KGB101.5FM radio.
Homes throughout California from San Diego to Baja to Los Angeles to Sacramento to Fresno to Bakersfield can watch the show live on various Fox affiliates in their region. People around the world can watch by connecting to the FOX5 website on their computers.
Sandy Purdon, Executive Producer, said “while we have been challenged with getting good pyrotechnics due to the slow delivery of containers around the world, we think we have as good a show as we have ever had.” Purdon added “we always have new shots to entertain the viewers and this year will be no different.”
Four barges will be stationed around North San Diego Bay held in place by tugboats. Boats and the public will be required to stay 1,000 feet from each barge for safety reasons and the patrol boats, Harbor Police and US Coast Guard will enforce the perimeter.
The economic impact of this event is significant generating over $10.1 million in sales at our local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, retail shops, tour operator, museums, charter cruise firms, boat rental among many others. Counting the multiplier effect, over $17.8 million of total sales will be realized. Over $587,000 in Port revenues will be generated and over $670,000 of Transient Occupancy Tax from hotel revenues for the City and County will be generated. These numbers were developed from the 2018 Economic Impact Report from Point Loma Nazarene University’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute.
The Armed Services YMCA receives the balance of the proceeds of each event since 2001 resulting in over $1.2 million for the charity that supports our military families in San Diego with challenging social issues.