Transportation and Parking

Transportation and Parking

Bring your friends and family 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 and Shelter Island is usually full by 1 p.m. Last year, Shelter Island was closed to incoming traffic at 1 p.m. It is expected to close at about the same time this year. Harbor Island usually fills up by 4 p.m. Once all parking is taken there, the Harbor Police will close it. Our Big Bay Boom transportation partners help move you in and out of the bay. If you can avoid driving your car you will be better off.

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
Shelter Island Shuttle

4th of July Special Bus Shuttle Service to Shelter Island

Free shuttle service to Shelter Island for the fireworks show.

All shuttles will begin departing from designated parking lots at 6 p.m. and will run continuously until passengers have been taken to their respective destinations.

Old Town Trolley Shuttle – From Shelter Island, shuttle pick up will be at the corner of Carleton Street and Rosecrans Street in Point Loma, adjacent to West Marine. Only street parking is available at this location. The shuttle will drop passengers off in front of the gazebo on Shelter Island. Old Town Trolley

After the Show

There is one pick-up spot. On Shelter Island, riders should meet the shuttle at the Shelter Island Gazebo.

The first shuttles will leave shortly after the fireworks show. Please be patient while waiting for additional shuttles as the wait time may be significant. The final shuttle run from the islands will be at 11 p.m.  Learn more about Shelter Island.

Harbor Island Shuttle

4th of July Special Bus Shuttle Service to Harbor Island

Bus Shuttle Service to Harbor Island begins at 6pm from the Port parking adjacent to the Port Administration building at 3165 Pacific Highway (Click for Google Map). You will be dropped off at the Harbor Police parking lot off the Rental Car Access Road across from the Sheraton Hotel on Harbor Island Drive. From this drop off and pick up location you can walk to the bay on Harbor Island. Click to download Shuttle Pickup and Drop Off locations PDF file
After the show, the bus shuttle service will pick you up at this same location in the Harbor Police parking lot off the Rental Car Access Road. Please be patient as the buses will fill up rapidly but will be making round trips to your car at the Port parking lot off Pacific Highway until 11pm. Click to download Shuttle Pickup and Drop Off locations PDF file.   Learn more about Harbor Island.

Shuttle Parking

Click to download Shuttle Pickup and Drop Off PDF file.

Trolleys – Metropolitan Transit System

Metropolitan Transit System

On Saturday, July 4, 2015, MTS will offer expanded Trolley service to the Big Bay Boom fireworks extravaganza! Barges located at various points on San Diego Bay will provide an awesome show to an expansive viewing area. Many of these prime viewing spots are located at stops along the Trolley’s Green Line, as well as at the last stops on the Orange and Blue Lines.

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.



From Santee, El Cajon, La Mesa, SDSU, Qualcomm Stadium & Mission Valley, take the Green Line to the viewing station of your choosing: County Center/Little Italy, Santa Fe Depot, Seaport Village, Convention Center, or Gaslamp Quarter. From Santee, trains run every 15 minutes all day. Beginning at 5:00pm, expanded service will begin running between Qualcomm Stadium and downtown every 7.5 minutes until the start of the show!


From San Ysidro, South Bay, Chula Vista and National City, take the Blue Line to America Plaza. Trains depart every 15 minutes all day.


From El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Encanto, take the Orange Line to the Santa Fe Depot. Trains depart every 15 minutes all day.

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. Day Passes on Compass Card are available at the Vending Machines for $5 (if you don’t have a reloadable Compass Card, there is a one-time fee of $2 per card). 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!

Please keep in mind that thousands of people will be trying to depart downtown and the Embarcadero immediately after the show. This will cause congestion on the roadways as well as on the Trolley. Adjusting your departure time to avoid the immediate rush may help lessen the impact of this congestion. For more details go to the MTS web site.

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

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

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

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

Parking Locations and Parking Meters

For detailed parking information click on the link below.