When: Friday, July 4, 2014
Time: Fireworks start at dusk
Where: Big Bear Valley
No personal fireworks allowed in mountain communities.
Lodging availability for the 4th of July books up early. Need help planning your trip? Call 800-424-4232 for more info or to book your 4th of July vacation.
Big Bear Lake's "Fireworks Spectacular" will explode at 7,000' reflecting its shower of brilliance over Big Bear Lake on Friday, July 4th. What sets Big Bear Lake apart from most other Southern California Fourth of July celebrations is its abundance of recreation and activities.
Big Bear Lake gives folks an opportunity to escape the blistering summer heat and play on the seven-mile long lake, explore the great outdoors, take the scenic sky chair to the top of Snow Summit, play a round of golf, have a home-style barbeque and stroll the Village shops. With clear skies and temperatures in the mid 80's thrown into the mix, it's a "no brainer" why people choose Big Bear Lake for their Fourth of July celebration.
Big Bear Lake's pyrotechnics
display consistently ranks as one of the top five in California. Big Bear's Rotary Club, which organizes the annual event, always shoots the highest quality fireworks. They also make sure to a lengthy show of 30 minutes in duration. The show is free and can be viewed from a boat, around the lake and throughout Big Bear Valley.
The Rotary Club's July 4th BBQ is always the closest and best view site for the fireworks show. The 4th of July BBQ includes your choice of steak or chicken; or hot dog or hamburger; and each meal comes with your choice of soda or bottled water, all the fixin's and side dishes. There is a beer and wine garden for ages 21 and over, plus a carnival midway of games, crafts and entertainment all afternoon on Independence Day. The Barbeque opens at 4 p.m. with the fireworks at 9 p.m. Everyone brings their own chairs or blankets and a good appetite to join in the lakeside fun! The Rotary Barbecue is the perfect spot to enjoy the magnificent fireworks show and tickets are available at part of lodging packages through the Big Bear Visitors Bureau at (800) 424-4232 or buy your Big Bear 4th of July package online
Big Bear is loaded with recreation and fun. There are two public boat launch ramps and four full-service marinas with rentals for every kind of lake activity, including fishing and pontoon boats, water skis, wakeboards, kayaks and water bikes. Parasailing is another lake activity that takes visitors off their feet and high above the water for a bird's eye view of the beautiful valley.
The backcountry is open for leisure or adventure and one of the best ways to experience the wilderness. Snow Summit converts its chairlift into the Scenic Sky Chair for the summer where visitors ride to the summit at 8200' for grand views of Big Bear Valley and San Gorgonio Wilderness.
Mountain biking and hiking reward visitors with amazing views on the more than 100 miles of trails rated from moderate to extreme. An off-road excursion or horseback rides are more ways to explore the great trails of the San Bernardino National Forest without much physical effort!
More Fourth of July fun in Big Bear might include golf at 7,000' a visit to the Moonridge Animal Park or a lake tour aboard a Mississippi River-style paddle boat or a pirate ship. At the Big Bear Discovery Center, visitors learn about the San Bernardino Forests and how to enjoy and protect this scenic wonder.
Of course, there's always browsing the quaint boutiques in Big Bear Village, picnicking in the forest or just lazing around waiting for the nighttime fireworks spectacular. All in all, spending the July 4th holiday in Big Bear Lake is great fun and a wonderful old-fashioned American celebration.
Please remember to designate a driver this holiday weekend. Have a spectacular 4th of July!