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June 03, 2014 | by Dan McKernan

Attendees of Big Bear Lake’s annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular are in for a special treat. This year, The City of Big Bear Lake in conjunction with The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake plan to dazzle the audience with new fireworks that have never been seen before in Big Bear. The fireworks, which are shot off from a large barge in the middle of the lake, are renowned as one of the largest and most elaborate fireworks shows in Southern California. Additional fireworks are shot off from a smaller barge lakeside near the Rotary Club’s barbeque area to enhance the viewing pleasure.  

“This will be our largest and most spectacular performance ever,” said Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake President Jim Miller. “4th of July is on a Friday this year, which means we'll have to pull out all the stops to please the masses.”  

This year’s show will honor the late Skip Suhay, who coordinated Big Bear Lake’s Fireworks Spectacular for many years as the Rotary Club’s Fireworks Chairman. Suhay helped Big Bear gain recognition as one of the top five fireworks displays in Southern California.  

The fireworks cascade over the lake creating a brilliant display of colors. As an added bonus, local radio station KBHR 93.3 FM simulcasts patriotic music that synchronizes with the fireworks show. The lengthy show is 30 minutes in duration, and can be viewed from a boat, around the lake and throughout Big Bear Valley.  

The Rotary Club’s 4th of July Barbeque is always the closest and best site to view the fireworks show. The barbeque includes ribeye steak, chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs  with all the fixin’s and side dishes. There is a beer and wine garden, plus a carnival midway of games, crafts and entertainment all afternoon on Independence Day.   

The Barbeque opens at 4:30 p.m. with the fireworks at 9 p.m. Barbeque tickets are $30 for the steak or BBQ Chicken meal and $25 for the hamburger or hot dog meal. Spectators can purchase reserved viewing areas with supplied chairs that includes choice of meal for $50, or reserve a VIP premium deck seating with table seating, and table-side service with choice of meal for $100. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets and a good appetite to join in the lakeside fun!  Rotary’s July 4th Barbeque is held at Marina Resort, 40770 Lakeview Drive. Tickets are available at Big Bear Visitor Center, 630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake or Shelli’s Hallmark, 42166 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake. Single tickets as well as lodging packages bundled with barbeque tickets and fireworks show can be purchased online at or by phone at 800-424-4232.  

For an even more up-close view consider taking a boat on the lake. It is suggested that boaters stake out their viewing spot by 5 p.m. Other great viewing spots include Meadow Park Swim Beach on the south shore and Meadows Edge Picnic Area on the north shore. US Forest Service Roads such as 2N08 from Knickerbocker Road on the south shore and 2N09 from Polique Canyon Road on the north shore provide easy access to higher points for an expansive view.     

Big Bear Lake not only provides a spectacular firework show, but is also home to miles of recreation opportunities and a cool refuge from the heat!  There are two public boat launch ramps and six full-service marinas with rentals for every kind of lake activity, including fishing and pontoon boats, jet skis, wakeboards, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. 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 is by foot, mountain bike or horseback. 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.   

For more information about Big Bear Lake’s Fourth of July fireworks show and Independence Day celebration, to book lodging reservations, or to request a Visitors Guide, log on to or call 1-800-424-4232. 

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June 03, 2014

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