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Big Bay Boom cancels 2020 fireworks show due to coronavirus pandemic

Port of San Diego and Big Bay Boom event producer announced Friday that the 2020 plans for live fireworks show canceled due to COVID-19.
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SAN DIEGO — Port of San Diego and Big Bay Boom event producer announced Friday that the 2020 plans for the live fireworks show has been canceled due to COVID-19.

In alignment with the State of California’s stay-at-home order prohibiting large events and gatherings, and prioritizing public health, the Port of San Diego, title sponsor of the Big Bay Boom, and event producer Sandy Purdon jointly announce the 2020 fireworks show will not go on as planned this coming Fourth of July.

“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. Ultimately, public health is most important, and we must follow state public health directives which say large public events are not allowed and aren’t likely to be allowed for some time,” said Port of San Diego CEO Randa Coniglio. “We look forward to the return of this celebratory and captivating event in 2021.” 

Like many events this year, the Big Bay Boom is going virtual. The special will feature Big Bay Boom fireworks from past years, along with special interviews and content. Details are still to come, according to the Port of San Diego.

"More than 125,000 households throughout Southern California and Baja (California) watched the 2019 Big Bay Boom on television," Purdon said. "This year, we're focusing all our efforts on the TV special and plan to include even more content to celebrate our nation's independence."

Coronado and Imperial Beach have also canceled their 2020 Fourth of July celebrations. On Wednesday, Main Street Oceanside announced the cancellation of the 2020 Oceanside Independence Day Parade. 

News 8 spoke with Michael Brown, Vice President of Marketing and Communications with the Port of San Diego, Friday morning about the decision to cancel.

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