FACES & PLACES: Big Bay Boom Fireworks 2022

A pictorial last-look at downtown San Diego's huge annual Fourth of July gathering

Fourth of July 2022 was both celebratory and somber.

It was heartwarming to get out and “ooh” and “aah” at pyrotechnics; heartbreaking on another level to get word of another mass shooting in the United States.

In downtown San Diego, huge crowds staked out bayside perches to watch the annual Big Bay Boom floating fireworks display.

A popular viewing area: Seaport Village to North Embarcadero, near the County Administration Building and the USS Midway.

That’s where photographer Salvatore Giametta took his camera to record local reaction to Independence Day.

Sigh. Happy birthday, America.

All photos by Salvatore Giametta.

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