Transportation and Parking

Transportation and Parking

Come down to San Diego Bay for the Big Bay Boom fireworks spectacular – but try not to bring your car.

Download Big Bay Boom’s Parking and Transportation Summary Guide (pdf)

San Diego Bay Parking

Parking along San Diego Bay fills up quickly. Get there early and plan where to park. To accommodate the large crowds the  Port of San Diego has set up Free shuttle service to Harbor Island and Shelter Island. Plenty of FREE Parking also available at Qualcomm Stadium with an MTS Trolley Ticket.

Our transportation partners move you in and out of the bay.

Trolleys, Buses, Trains  –  Metropolitan Transit System

Metropolitan Transit System

MTS offers:

  • Expanded Trolley service to the Big Bay Boom fireworks extravaganza!
  • Free Parking at Qualcomm Stadium.
  • MTS mTicket can be purchased on your smart phone device

Learn more at MTS web site

MTS trolley 2017

After the Fireworks, Green Line trains will depart every 7.5 minutes or better toward Qualcomm Stadium or Santee until 11:30pm, with the last train to Santee departing Twelfth & Imperial at 12:06am. The greatest frequency will be immediately after the end of the fireworks. Blue and Orange Line trains will depart every 15 minutes immediately after the conclusion of the show as needed, then every 30 minutes until just before midnight.

Plenty of FREE PARKING is available at Qualcomm Stadium!

Purchase your Trolley pass at the staffed ticket booth (cash only) or at one of the automated ticket vending machines (cash, credit, or debit accepted). We’ll even have someone at the machines to assist! To avoid long lines after the show, be sure to purchase an MTS Day Pass before boarding. Paper Day Passes are available at the Ticket Booth for $6.

Buy a Ticket on your Smart Phone

Use Compass Cloud on your Apple or Android phone to buy day passes anytime, anywhere. Travel with the whole family on one smartphone with the multiple rider option. Regional Day passes are good on MTS buses & Trolleys, as well as NCTD SPRINTER & BREEZE. NCTD COASTER fares are also available on Compass Cloud. Visit for full details

Free Shelter Island Shuttle

4th of July Special Bus Shuttle Service to Shelter Island


Free shuttle service to Shelter Island for the fireworks show

Old Town Trolley Shuttle will provide Shelter Island free shuttle pick up froh the corner of Carleton Street and Rosecrans Street in Point Loma, adjacent to West Marine.  The shuttle will drop  and pickup riders in front of the Gazebo on Shelter Island.  The final shuttle run will be at 11 p.m. Click to download Harbor Island Shuttle Pickup and Drop Off locations (PDF)   Learn more about Shelter Island Parking, Restaurants and Hotels.

Free Harbor Island Shuttle

Free 4th of July Special Bus Shuttle Service to Harbor Island

Goldfield Stage will provide Free shuttle service to Harbor Island. Pick up will be at the Airport 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. 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.  **Please note that shuttle service is free, however parking at this lot will be $12.00 (cash) per car. Click to download Harbor Island Shuttle Pickup and Drop Off locations (PDF) Learn more about Harbor Island Parking, Restaurants and Hotels.

Port of San Diego Waterfront Shuttle

Use the Waterfront Shuttle to get to the bay to watch the Fireworks show.

The Port of San Diego and Ace Parking have teamed up to bring visitors to enjoy San Diego Bay all summer long with discounted tickets to ride the Waterfront Shuttle for only $1 instead of the regular $3! 

  • Park at the San Diego Convention Center or Hilton Bayfront Ace Parking Garages.
  • Ride the Waterfront Shuttle for only $1 per person when you show your parking receipt.
  • Explore the Port of San Diego waterfront all day with unlimited shuttle rides along the Embarcadero and Harbor Island!

How to Redeem:
 Discounted Waterfront Shuttle price is available only at the participating Ace Parking Garages:

  • Ace Parking Garage at Hilton Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd.
  • Ace Parking Garage at San Diego Convention Center, 111 N. Harbor Dr.
  • You will receive a voucher upon entry (printed on your Hilton Bayfront Garage ticket, or with your San Diego Convention Center Garage receipt).
  • Present the Waterfront Shuttle driver with parking ticket or voucher from the Ace Parking Hilton Bayfront or San Diego Convention Center to receive discounted $1 shuttle price, regularly $3.
  • Discount is good for up to 4 persons per voucher, per day, payable to shuttle driver.

Waterfront Shuttle Information



Coaster — North County Transit District

The Coaster takes you a few blocks from the Embarcadero. Pick up the coaster from Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Sorrento Valley, and Old Town   For more on the coaster see

Guaranteed San Diego Bay Parking

Guaranteed San Diego Bay Parking

View real-time availability and pricing at parking locations within easy distance to the Waterfront Park.

Purchase guaranteed parking near the bay. View real-time availability and pricing.

Once purchased, parking is 100% guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees ever.

Parking availability is very limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking for the festivities in advance. Click below to purchase parking or select a location from the interactive map: Reserve Big Bay Boom Parking Now



The Santa Fe Depot train station is only a few blocks from the Embarcadero. The Pacific Surfliner route goes up the California coast.  For the train schedule see

Additional Parking around San Diego Bay Page during the 4th of July.

Plenty of FREE Parking also available at Qualcomm Stadium with an MTS Trolley Ticket.

San Diego Convention Center & Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel Garages
The Convention Center underground garage and the garage next to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel have parking facilities; fees not available. 

Harbor Island
ABM Parking has a new 620-space lot open at the T intersection on Harbor Island for $20 per vehicle.

 Street Parking
All meter parking on streets will be free on the July 4th.


Download Big Bay Boom’s Parking and Transportation Summary Guide (pdf)