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4th of July - 2014

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, Weekend Events and Activities

When: Friday, July 4-6, 2014
Time: Fireworks start at 8:45 p.m. on July 4th
Where: various locations throughout the Big Bear area
No personal fireworks allowed in mountain communities.

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 events, recreation and activities. 

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 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 fix in's and warm german potato salad. 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.

Looking for parking? Here is a map of designated parking areas during the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular event.

4th of July Holiday & Weekend Events:

July 4

Big Bear's Fireworks Spectacular Show
(909) 866-4607
Fireworks Show Starts 8:45 p.m.
Come attend the biggest 4th of July fireworks display in Southern California. The fireworks are shot off from a barge on the Lake and are viewable from any of our public parks or the best spot, from a boat on the Lake. Show starts 8:45 p.m.- 9:15 p.m.

July 4

Big Bear Lake 4th of July Lakefront Fireworks & BBQ at Marina Resort
4:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
(909) 866-4907
The annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth of July Lakefront Fireworks and BBQ at the Marina Resort on Lakeview Drive provides a great spot to view the fireworks display and enjoy food and live entertainment. Live entertainment by Reno and Cindy Holler. Food Tickets: $25, for hamburger or hot dog meal; or $30 for steak or grilled chicken meal. Each meal is served with green salad, warm german potato salad, soft drink or water. Beer and wine will be available to purchase separately (21 and over). Reserved seats for $50 or VIP seating $100 available and includes steak or chicken meal service and preferred/premium seating.

July 4

Captain John's Independence Day Extravaganza
39369 North Shore Dr., Fawnskin
Starts 7 a.m.
(909) 866-6478
Live Reggae music, bring your picnic and BBQs or buy your picnic from Tropical BBQ (Hawaiian BBQ). Huge beach so bring your chairs, beach blankets and umbrellas to get your spot early. View the Big Bear Lake Rotary fireworks from Captain John's. Rentals start at 7 a.m. Parking fee.

July 4

Fourth of July Cruise on Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Boat
Pine Knot Marina, 439 Pine Knot Ave., Big Bear Lake, CA
8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
(909) 866-8129
Come aboard the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat to watch the fireworks explode above the Lake. Cruse includes a non-alcoholic drink ticket and light hors d'oeuvres. Beer, wine, soft drinks and assorted snacks available for purchase in the cash only galley. Admission: Adults $80; Children (12 and under) $40.

July 4-6

28th Annual Big Bear Lake Independence Day Festival & Craft Show at the Convention Center
42900 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(909) 585-3000
Unique one-of-a-kind items, family fun activities, live entertainment, patio dining, and Wyatt's serving full menu & full service bar. 

July 4-6

Big Bear Lake Summer Artwalk
Festival in the Big Bear Village
630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(909) 878-3556
The Artwalk Festival showcases exhibits by regional and local artists selling their works in oils, acrylics, mixed media, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, metal and jewelry. 

July 3 & 5 & 6

C.A.T.S. presents "The Wizard of Oz"
39707 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake
July 3 & 5 at 7:30 p.m. & July 6 at 1:30 p.m.
(909) 585-4757
The classic movie "The Wizard of OZ" is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. With music and script based on the movie, and featuring all the familiar characters, it’s sure to be a family favorite! Adults $17-$29; Seniors $16-$27; Children (under 18) $11-$20.

July 5

Comedy Night at the Cave
40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake
Doors Open at 6 p.m., Show Starts at 8 p.m.
(877) 825-4388
Watch out Big Bear, it's Comedy Night at The Cave in the Village! Join us for a night of laughter with comedians Noe Castillo, Brian Swinehart, Just Mikey, Jamal Coleman and Hailey Boyle. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. 

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!

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