Show Canceled Because Of COVID-19 Social Distancing Rules
One of the biggest Fourth of July fireworks celebrations in the USA will be a dud in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
San Diego’s Big Bay Boom has been canceled because officials said the city will not be in stage four from the virus to enable it to hold large events. And Big Bay Boom is certainly a large event, with some 750,000 spectators.
It is a spectacular show over the bay with fireworks being fired off of four barges at the North and South Embarcadero by the Coronado Bridge, Shelter Island and Harbor Island.
There is a little bit of good news tho; highlights of past years will be broadcast on Fox 5 in San Diego, as well as KTLA TV in Los Angeles.
It is the third 4th of July fireworks celebration in the area to be canceled. A few weeks earlier, Coronado announced its parade and fireworks celebration would not be held and one in Imperial Beach was also halted for 2020.
“Given that we must be in stage four to do (the fireworks) and we’re not likely to be into stage four until next year, it just seemed really clear that we had to move forward by canceling this event,” said Michael Brown, executive director of marketing for the San Diego Unified Port District, which helps put on the event.
“Public health is the most important consideration and we just didn’t see any way we could hold this event and expect people to watch from a distance and not congregate.
“People would be drawn to the waterfront.”
Added Sandy Purdon, the event’s executive producer, “we waited as long as we could.
So instead of being a raucous scene all along the waterfront in San Diego this Fourth of July, it will be a quiet one, like a big firework failing to fire, instead being a dud.