Big Bear Lake Elevates Fireworks Show

Posted: 05/20/15

Spectators 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 is gearing up for a stunning fireworks display, including some new fireworks that have never been seen before in Big Bear Lake. 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 barbecue area to enhance the viewing pleasure.

"The 4th of July is on a Saturday this year, which means we have to step up our game with more fireworks and more bells and whistles," said Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake President Jim Miller. "We're going to give the people what they want! The best way to do this is to blow up bigger and brighter fireworks than the previous year, and we're up for the challenge!"

This year's show will continue to dazzle spectators with explosions high above the lake, creating a cascade of brilliant colors. Also, expect more lower-level fireworks than before. The lower-level fireworks are especially good for spectators at lake level that get a straight-on view of strobes and sparkler-type fireworks.

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 Barbecue 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 fixings and side dishes. There is a beer and wine garden, a carnival midway of games, plus 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 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 VIP premium deck seating with table seating and tableside 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 Barbecue is held at Marina Resort, 40770 Lakeview Drive. Tickets are available at Big Bear Visitor Center, 630 Bartlett Road. 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 paddle boards. 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 800-424-4232.

May 20, 2015