Because of COVID-19 and California’s stay-at-home orders, the Port of San Diego and event producer Sandy Purdon have decided to cancel the 2020 Big Bay Boom fireworks show planned for 4th of July.

Instead, the annual event will go virtual this year, with a television special airing on Saturday, July 4, 2020 on FOX 5 San Diego and KTLA Los Angeles. Airing time hasn’t been announced yet, and while other details are still being ironed out, the lineup so far will include Big Bay Boom fireworks from past years along with interviews and other content.

“Half a million people look forward to the Big Bay Boom each year and it’s big business for our San Diego Bay waterfront tenants,” said Randa Coniglio, Port of San Diego CEO. “We look forward to the return of this celebratory and captivating event in 2021.”

More that 125,000 households throughout Southern California and Baja watched the 2019 Big Bay Boom event on television, “making it the most watched locally produced special in the country,” said Sandy Purdon. Meanwhle, Jim Souza CEO of Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, said: “We remain committed to continue working with the Big Bay Boom as partner in this great event for an even bigger and better show for 2021”

Coronado and Imperial Beach have also canceled their 2020 Fourth of July celebrations.

Travel & Hospitality reporter Mariel Concepcion can be reached at or 858-634-4625.