4th of July in Big Bear Lake

Celebrate Independence Day in Big Bear Lake!

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. Wherever you are, the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is truly a sight to behold!

A long exposure of red tail lights in The Village at Big Bear Lake. 4th of July fireworks are visible in the night sky.

Independence Day & Weekend Events

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

Thursday, July 4, 2024. Visible from the water, shoreline and some trail vantage points. Starts between 8:45-9:15 PM, runs approximately 30-40 mins

The Fireworks Spectacular explodes over Big Bear Lake every July 4th and is FREE to spectators. Local radio station KBHR airs a musical accompaniment to the show on 93.3 FM and 102.5 FM.

Above The Boom

Thursday, July 4, 2024. Snow Summit, 880 Summit Blvd. 7 - 10 PM

SOLD OUT - Elevate your 4th of July at Above the Boom, featuring panoramic views of the Big Bear Fireworks Spectacular. Enjoy live entertainment, dinner, family-friendly activities, and more before your roundtrip on the Scenic Sky Chair to watch the fireworks from the top of Snow Summit.

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Independence Day Faire

July 4, 2024. Big Bear Convention Center, 42900 Big Bear Blvd. 10 AM - 6 PM

Enjoy action-packed 4th of July fun for the entire family. The Independence Day Faire is Big Bear's fireworks “pre party” under the pines. Festivities include a vendor market, a Kids Fun Zone, live entertainment, and a special July 4th menu. Admission is FREE.

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Independence Day Weekend Glow Golf

July 5 & 6, 2024. Bear Mountain Golf Course, 43092 Goldmine Dr. 7 PM - 10 PM.

Join the fun during Glow Golf this Independence Day Weekend. Event registration includes dinner and drinks at The Clubhouse at 7 PM with a shotgun start at 8PM, ending at approximately 10 PM. Participants are provided with 1 glow ball and cart rental.

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4th of July Viewing Party

July 4, 2024. Barrel 33 Big Bear, 40754 Village Dr. 8 PM - 10 PM.

Your village wine bar is hosting a fun fireworks viewing party event for you and your family. Barrel 33 offers plenty of food, drink, and game options for your evening. The shop will have special hours for the holiday, staying open until 10 PM or later.

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Patriotic Pitch

July 4, 2024. Action Tours, 40957 Big Bear Blvd.

Join Action Tours on a zipline adventure in Big Bear through mountainous terrain to celebrate our nation’s birthday! Pitch a star-spangled ball into a bucket while rocketing down a zipline. If your ball lands in the bucket, you win a prize. Call 909-866-0390 to book.

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Green Jack Film Festival

July 5 - 7, 2024. Big Bear Performing Arts Center, 39707 Big Bear Blvd.

The film fest among the pines returns to Big Bear Lake! Green Jack Film Festival is a spectacular weekend of storytelling, creativity, and community showcasing a diverse selection of films from around the world.

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Music in the Mountains

July 6, 2024. Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 North Shore Dr.

This annual music concert series kicks off July 6 with Prince Again, a tribute to Prince, opening with Benatar and Beyond.

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A Perfect Tool

July 6, 2024. Village Sports Bar, 40789 Village Dr. 8 PM - 12 AM

Join an unforgettable night with A Perfect Tool: Tribute to Tool and Rage Again: Rage Against The Machine tribute concerts. This all-ages event, with tickets priced at $15, promises to deliver an evening of high-energy music that pays homage to two of rock’s most powerful and influential bands.

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Free Fishing Day!

July 6, 2024.

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife offers two Free Fishing Days each year. On these days, you can fish without a sportfishing license. Please note that regulations like bag and size limits remain in effect. Click below to learn more about Big Bear Lake fishing and how to get started!

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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 plan helps mitigate 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.

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

Village Traffic Plan

Village Traffic Advisory


From 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.

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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.

To report illegal fireworks, visit the Illegal Fireworks Reporter page below. You can also make an anonymous report by calling 1-800-472-7766.

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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.