Imagine it - an evening on Big Bear Lake, floating on the water while spectacular fireworks explode overhead. Or, maybe you've hiked to a beautiful vantage point with panoramic views of the lake or even just parked along the road. You sit with a cozy blanket and friends as you watch the fireworks light up the Valley. You tune into 93.3 FM on your phone or radio and enjoy the music while you take in the magic of the 4th of July Firework Spectacular!

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. 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 the City of Big Bear Lake and is produced by the Big Bear Lake Rotary Club.

Bright champagne colored fireworks ignite the sky over Big Bear Lake, CA, on July 4th.

Fireworks Safety in San Bernardino National Forest


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 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 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.