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.

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.

Use our transportation partners to 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

4th of July Trolley Service San Diego Fireworks

Click to see expanded Trolley service for 4th of July. or Take the Trolley, not your car.

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

Also, for the first time for this event, MTS is pleased to announce that our MTS mTicket can be purchased on your smart phone device! Download the free app at The App Store or Goggle Play, then load as many as 5 Day Passes onto your phone. Your phone is your ticket! Please note that passengers must travel together if multiple passes are loaded on a single device. The MTS mTicket is only $5.50. Also remember on weekends, two children 12 and under ride free with each adult in possession of a valid fare!

For more details go to the MTS web site.

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 Shuttle Pickup and Drop Off locations (PDF file)

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 corner of McCain Road and North Harbor Drive west of Airport Terminal 2.  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 $15.00 (cash) per car.  Click to download Shuttle Pickup and Drop Off locations (PDF file)

Learn more about Harbor Island Parking, Restaurants and Hotels.

Port of San Diego Big Bay Shuttle
From Friday, May 24, through Monday, September 2, 2013, the Big Bay shuttle will service eight locations at a cost of $3 per day per rider. For more about the Big Bay Shuttle click to see map

  • Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (Harbor Island)
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Wyndham San Diego Bayside
  • Broadway Pier/Navy Pier
  • Seaport Village
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt
  • San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
  • Hilton Bayfront San Diego
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 www.gonctd.com

Amtrack
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 www.amtrak.com

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.

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