Parks and Rec

Float Over to Waterfront Park for the Holiday Bowl Parade

The County’s Waterfront Park is a prime spot to watch the annual Holiday Bowl Parade. If you are planning to attend “America’s largest balloon parade,” here’s what you need to know before you march down to this 12-acre park situated along the parade route.

The Port of San Diego’s Holiday Bowl Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 on Harbor Drive, along the bay side of the Waterfront Park. The balloons, marching bands, floats and more will proceed south along Harbor Drive and finish at the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway near Seaport Village.

As for getting to the event, note that starting at 7:45 a.m., segments of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway will be closed. Parking in the area is limited, so you’re encouraged to take public transportation or a ride-hailing service. The County Center/Little Italy trolley stop is one block east of the Waterfront Park.

Here are some reminders about the Waterfront Park:

  • Alcohol or smoking (including e-cigarettes) are not allowed.
  • Glass is not permitted.
  • Barbecuing is not permitted.
  • Lawn chairs, blankets and canopies are allowed.
  • Snack shop concessions available at 10 a.m.
  • Stay to play. Waterfront Park has open lawns, play areas, public art and native plant gardens.

For more information about parks, visit sdparks.org or if you need more specific information about the Waterfront Park, call its office at (619) 232-PARK (7275).

Michelle Mowad is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact