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San Diego Big Bay Boom 4th July fireworks
Big Bay Boom July 4 San Diego Fireworks
Show in Downtown San Diego is the largest
fireworks display in the San Diego area.
The event starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday,
July 4. Four barges, strategically placed
around the north bay area of San Diego Bay,
will discharge fireworks simultaneously.
More than 750,000 people are expected to
come to the waterfront to watch the show.
Note: If you're
a big fireworks fan, then be sure to check
San Diego New
Years Eve fireworks.
Bay is a natural harbor and deepwater port
adjacent to San Diego, California. It is
12 mi/19 km long, 1 mi/1.6 km–3 mi/4.8 km
wide. The bay is surrounded by the large
San Diego urban area and is bordered by
the cities of San Diego, National City,
Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and Coronado.
Considered to be one of the best natural
harbors on the western coasts of the North
American continent, San Diego Bay was among
the earliest portions of those coasts to
be settled by Europeans; it was colonized
by Spain beginning in 1769. Later it served,
and continues to serve to this day, as the
home of the United States Navy's Pacific
border of the bay is protected from the
Pacific Ocean by a long, narrow strip of
land called the Silver Strand. The northern
end of the Silver Strand expands to become
North Island, the location of Naval Air
Station North Island (the home port of several
aircraft carriers including the USS Ronald
Reagan) and Coronado. Coronado is the site
of the famous Hotel del Coronado. The U.S.
Navy has three other facilities on the bay:
Naval Station San Diego, Naval Base Point
Loma at Ballast Point, which is a Nuclear
Submarine base, and Naval Amphibious Base
Coronado. The Coast Guard Air Station San
Diego is across the bay from NAS North Island
and the Federal Communications Commission
maintains a monitoring station on the Silver
Strand. Several other Navy facilities are
located in the surrounding area, and even
more existed previously but have since been
closed. The U. S. Marine Corps also operates
one of its two Recruit Depots near the shores
of San Diego Bay.
southern end of the bay is used for evaporation
ponds to extract salt from the sea water.
The salt ponds, the Sweetwater Marsh, and
other areas of the bay are included in the
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
The area includes the largest contiguous
mud-flat in Southern California It is an
important stop on the Pacific Flyway for
migrating birds, and it supports numerous
endangered and threatened species of plants
and animals. Public access to the bay and
wetlands, with walking trails and educational
exhibits about the area's ecological resources,
is provided at the Chula Vista Nature Center
operated by the city of Chula Vista.