Which base is better to watch fireworks?

We are back in San Diego and would love to see the Big Bay Boom fireworks this year. However we are dreading the crowds, so we heard that we could watch it from a Navy base, but I would like to see if anyone out there knows which base (32nd st, or Coronado) is the one where there is space to sit and watch the fireworks? Thanks!

I was stationed at NAB during my last tour and unfortunately had duty July 4th.

Coronado Island is your best bet to see all the fireworks within the bay. Since North Island should be closed to the general public…the piers where the aircraft carriers are usually tied up would be the best vantage point. Since I’m not local anymore, I don’t know what ships are currently moored there.

The second best alternatives are Bayview and Centennial Parks or the Ferry landing along 1st street in Coronado.

Another place I’ve found quite accommodating and is the pedestrian bridge over the I-5 on the hill overlooking downtown/airport – near Grape and Hawthorne Streets. (Google Maps isn’t showing the bridge). . I know the place might sound strange but a group of friends and I did it during the first years of the Big Bay Boom and besides from parking on a hill…it was actually quite fun. If you’re toting along kids it would probably not be the best alternative. Since the music is on the radio station we just had to be close enough to the car to listen to the music along with the fireworks.

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  • bdub360

    I was stationed at NAB during my last tour and unfortunately had duty July 4th.

    Coronado Island is your best bet to see all the fireworks within the bay. Since North Island should be closed to the general public…the piers where the aircraft carriers are usually tied up would be the best vantage point. Since I’m not local anymore, I don’t know what ships are currently moored there.

    The second best alternatives are Bayview and Centennial Parks or the Ferry landing along 1st street in Coronado.

    Another place I’ve found quite accommodating and is the pedestrian bridge over the I-5 on the hill overlooking downtown/airport – near Grape and Hawthorne Streets. (Google Maps isn’t showing the bridge). . I know the place might sound strange but a group of friends and I did it during the first years of the Big Bay Boom and besides from parking on a hill…it was actually quite fun. If you’re toting along kids it would probably not be the best alternative. Since the music is on the radio station we just had to be close enough to the car to listen to the music along with the fireworks.
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    http://www.thebigbay.com/Featured-Event/the-big-bay-boom-2011.html

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