Imagine it - an evening on Big Bear Lake, floating on the water and watching spectacular fireworks explode overhead. Or, maybe you're seeing it from a beautiful vantage point you hiked to on the trails. Or perhaps you sit with a cozy blanket and friends along the shoreline to watch the fireworks light up the valley. Wherever you are, the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is truly a sight to behold! Tune into KBHR on 93.3 FM or 102.5 FM on your phone or radio and enjoy the music while you take in the magic. What a night to remember!

Independence Day Events

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

The Fireworks Spectacular explodes at 7,000' over Big Bear Lake every July 4th! Show time begins between 8:45-9:15 PM, runs approximately 30-40 mins, and is FREE to spectators. Local radio station KBHR airs a musical accompaniment to the show on 93.3 FM and 102.5 FM.

The Fireworks Spectacular consistently ranks top 5 in California and can be viewed from the water, the shore, and some trail points. The Fireworks Spectacular is funded by Visit Big Bear and supported by the City and the Big Bear Lake Rotary Club.

Above The Boom

Take your 4th of July to new heights at the Above the Boom fireworks viewing party at Snow Summit featuring a Scenic Sky Chair ride, live DJ music, and panoramic views of Southern California’s largest 4th of July fireworks show. INFO & TICKETS

an illuminated tent on a hill overlooks Big Bear and the 4th of July fireworks show
people sit on a dock on Big Bear Lake and admire the 4th of July fireworks show as fireworks reflect off of the lake
red fireworks fill the sky above Big Bear Lake at the Big Bear 4th of July fireworks show

4th of July Traffic Plan for the City of Big Bear Lake

Please be advised that the City of Big Bear Lake implements a strict traffic plan at the conclusion of the fireworks show. The traffic plan helps mitigate the heavy traffic that is typical after the show and designed to keep you moving safely from your watch spot to your house.

From the Dam to Division Rd, only right-hand turns will be permitted onto Big Bear Blvd.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

Village Traffic Plan

Village Traffic Advisory

Fireworks Safety in San Bernardino National Forest


From the Big Bear Lake Fire Department:

Personal fireworks are illegal throughout Big Bear Valley, including “safe and sane” fireworks. In addition, all fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed dangerous and are illegal anywhere in California. Big Bear Fire Department encourages the community to be safe and sane this holiday, and if someone is seen using personal fireworks, call (909) 866-7566 or text (909) 731-4887 immediately. More info on reporting illegal fireworks.

From San Bernardino County Fire Protection District:

Possession of any type of fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, is against the law in any unincorporated area of San Bernardino County. In the event a fire occurs due to the unsafe use of fireworks, the responsible persons are likely to face criminal charges and be held liable for damages.

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San Bernardino National Forest prohibits campfires outside of agency-provided fire rings at designated sites. Remember that regulations governing campfires are specific to each National Forest. Campfires may only be started within:

  • Developed Campgrounds (i.e. Serrano, Holcomb Valley, etc.)
  • Yellow Post Sites with a provided fire ring

It is illegal to build a fire while camping remotely or outside of the above mentioned areas. Additional restrictions will be implemented as fire danger increases, always check with the local Ranger Station before heading out to your site. A citation for violating fire restrictions prompts a mandatory court appearance. It is a federal offense punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both.