With San Diego’s military history it has been ranked by MyLife.com as one of America’s most patriotic cities (1). People spent their day on tours, with family or friends, and enjoying the fireworks on the water. With its deep military roots people just seem to be a little more enthusiastic about their beliefs here.
Great viewing locations were Coronado Ferry Landing, Seaport Village, Harbor Island and Shelter Island. Of course it difficult to beat being on a high rise or in the water sitting on a boat. Most visitors did well on the grassy knolls where they spread their blankets. Special sound tracks were played from 105.7 to keep the patriotic theme alive (2).
There was almost no parking in the area and public transportation was full. The trolley line was packed with people but this is the nature of trying to get hundreds of thousands of people into the downtown area for a few short hours. The restaurants and bars are likely to have experienced high sales volume. San Diego fireworks are awesome and worth at least one trip even though you need to make your way through the crowd.