Sail on one of the most famous racing yachts in history while sampling gourmet wine and cheeses by Venissimo.
4th of July – Sail and Fireworks
- Date: July 4th
- Duration: 4 hours (6:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Set sail aboard the luxurious historical racing Yacht America for the ultimate July 4th celebration! The Yacht America is the only vessel to serve on both sides of the Civil War. Named the first USS America, this racing yacht is not only an iconic racing vessel, it is an iconic American symbol representing the country’s tenacity.
Your journey will start off with a gorgeous sunset sail in the San Diego Bay where you will have the opportunity to hoist 6,000 square feet of sails. This magnificent vessel will then parade towards downtown San Diego, displaying the largest American flag in the county, boasting 2,000 square feet. This American flag will be proudly displayed in front of 200,000 people lined up on San Diego Bay Waterfront in anticipation for the world famous Big Bay Boom fireworks extravaganza. Enjoy a quintessential 4th of July dinner as the American flag is lowered at sunset before the USS Midway. After dessert, the Yacht America will navigate to a premium location directly under the Big Bay Boom fireworks extravaganza. After the show, the Yacht America will return to our New Location at 2050 Shelter Island Drive.
Check-In, Boarding, Parking, & Restrooms
Check-in is located at 2050 Shelter Island Drive. If you noticed that there is no building at this address, you are correct! Drive west on Shelter Island Drive. As soon as you pass Silver Gate Yacht Club, turn LEFT into the parking lot. Please park anywhere in this fabulous FREE all-day parking lot. Find the “Check-In” flag on the grass to get your boarding pass. If you are using public transportation, Lyft, or Uber, please check-in at this location as well.
Once everyone has their boarding passes, a crew member will escort you to the Yacht America. You will be walking on a wooden dock, so please make sure to wear comfortable close-toed shoes. High-heels and stilettos will get stuck between the wooden planks.
We depart on time. Please help us help you by checking in at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. If you are late, the Yacht America will sail off to sea and you will not receive a refund for your absence.
FREE All-Day Parking is located in the parking lots surrounding 2050 Shelter Island Drive. There is free parking on the street as well. Keep in mind, this is a holiday so arrive early to find parking.
Restroom facilities are available on Yacht America during the trip. If you need to use the restroom prior to check-in, there is a public restroom facility next to the Shelter Island Boat Launch Ramp at 2210 Shelter Island Drive.
Tips & Guidelines
We recommend dressing warmly and in layers as the air is always cooler on the water and conditions can change hour to hour. You can always shed layers as necessary. We do provide blankets for guests that may become cold. Closed toed shoes and windbreakers are a good idea. Watch the forecast and bring a rain jacket if necessary.
Our crew works very hard to ensure your trip is a great experience. If you’d like to share a gratuity, please catch any of the crew as you depart.
If you would like to purchase a shirt or a hat during the trip, just ask a crew member and they would be happy to assist.
Additional questions? Please feel free to call 619-922-3522.
Looking forward to welcoming you aboard!