The Fourth of July will soon be here and everyone is planning how they will enjoy the fireworks. There's the usual gathering at a park or arena. Many will get together with relatives for a family barbecue. These are great ways to enjoy the holiday but one of the traditions here in San Diego is to board a Hornblower yacht and cruise the San Diego Bay. You can dine on fine cuisine and enjoy the fireworks from the best vantage point available.
Hornblower's Fourth of July cruise lasts three hours with a welcoming glass of champagne upon boarding. You may purchase additional wine and cocktails as you enjoy a gourmet buffet dinner at your own private reserved table. As your dinner courses change, so do your views. There is a DJ entertainer for dancing as well as your music requests. The Port of San Diego sponsors the BIG BAY BOOM Fireworks Show over the bay with a spectacular view. Launched simultaneously from four barges in the Bay as well as from a pier in Imperial Beach, the fireworks are one of the largest annual fireworks displays in the United States. It is viewed by half a million people each year
The San Diego Bay is both a deep water port, and a natural harbor. It is the third largest on California's coast. The Bay is spanned by the Coronado Bridge. Adjacent to the Bay are numerous resorts, hotels, and the San Diego Convention Center.
There are three different cruises available. The first from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., the second from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., and the third from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. They all leave from the Grape Street Pier, 1800 North Harbor Drive. Boarding time is one half hour before departure. The cost is $134.95 per person. Tax, service charge, and landing fee are additional.