2017 Big Bear Lake Fireworks Spectacular



Fireworks of any kind are prohibited in Big Bear and the San Bernardino Mountains. Campfires outside of legally designated areas are also prohibited and result in heavy fines. Please report any illegal fireworks or fire activity!

4th of July fireworks in Big Bear


From the Big Bear Lake Fire Department:

Fireworks can be beautiful, but they can be unpredictable and deadly. Numerous fires have resulted from the use of personal fireworks, not to mention causing severe injuries to the users. 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’s Assistant Chief-Fire Marshal Mike Maltby stated, “The only fireworks allowed in Big Bear are the professional 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular over the lake. No personal fireworks are allowed. Fire officials will be issuing citations with fines up to $1,000 for fireworks violations.”

Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake organizes the annual event for locals and visitors with world-class fireworks on the evening of July 4th, visible from many vantage points. Sit back and enjoy the show. 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.


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

  • Yellow Post Sites
  • Developed Campgrounds (i.e. Serrano, Holcomb Valley, etc.)
  • BBQs may be used where they are provided in designated picnic areas

Campfires are not allowed anywhere else at any time of the year. It is also illegal to build a fire while camping remotely (outside of a developed camping area). Additional restrictions on campfires may 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.

Independence Day Events

A Very Wyatt’s July 4th

Head over to Wyatt's this 4th of July for some patriotic fun! Enjoy live music by one of LA's favorite country groups, the Jimi Nelson Band, on stage Saturday from 12:30-4:30 PM.

Attendees can order from the full Wyatt's menu and bar and browse Farmer's Market vendors for artwork, shaved ice, artisan foods, and more! Admission is free.

Come back Sunday from 10 AM - 3 PM for the first day of Summer Brunch! This family friendly event will take place every Sunday through August.Seating for both days will spaced apart per social distancing protocols and all staff will be wearing masks. Attendees are required to wear masks when not dining, and are encouraged to practice the 6 ft. rule and use sanitizing stations located throughout the premises.

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular


Big Bear Lake's "Fireworks Spectacular" explodes at 7,000' over Big Bear Lake every July 4th! The show typically begins between 8:45-9:15 PM. The show is free to enjoy. 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 ensure a lengthy show of 30 minutes! The show can be viewed from a boat, from shore around the lake, and throughout Big Bear Valley.

The 2017 Fireworks Spectacular will be streamed on Saturday, July 4.

Note: Please read the following precautions for visitation:

  • Visitors MUST wear face coverings in public. This is mandated by Governor Newsom.
  • The City and Visit Big Bear will be distributing free face masks to viewers at Rotary Park, Veterans Park, Meadow Park, and The Village, and perhaps additional locations.
  • Additional hand washing stations and portable toilets will be in place at Rotary Park, Veterans Park, Meadow Park, and The Village, and perhaps additional locations.

4th of July Fun Run - CANCELLED

Open Air Big Bear is happy to host the Annual Big Bear 4th of July Fun Run! Kick off the holiday with a 5K, 10K, or 15K course run starting from Meadow Park! Kids (and strollers!) are welcome for this family friendly event! Win prizes in our costume contest too! Proceeds support the Bear Valley Search and Rescue! You must wear a mask in crowded areas.