4th of July – Independence Day – EVENTS


Independence Day Events

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. Local radio station KBHR airs a musical accompaniment to the show on 93.3 FM and 102.5 FM.

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 supported by the City and the Big Bear Lake Rotary Club.

Above The Boom

Take your 4th of July to new heights at the Above the Boom fireworks viewing party at Snow Summit featuring a Scenic Sky Chair ride, live DJ music, and panoramic views of Southern California’s largest 4th of July fireworks show. INFO & TICKETS

Elevate your 4th of July at Above the Boom, featuring panoramic views of the Big Bear Fireworks Spectacular. Enjoy a roundtrip lift service on the Scenic Sky Chair, live music, dinner, family-friendly activities and more then make your way to the viewing area to watch the fireworks from the top of Snow Summit (elev. 8,200 feet).

Prices are based on Age:
13+: $90
5-12: $50
4 and under: $20

When: Tuesday, July 4 (7PM-9PM)
Where: Snow Summit – 880 Summit Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Parking: Free in the Snow Summit upper parking lot (first come, first served)

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.

4th of July Traffic Plan for the City of Big Bear Lake

Please note that the City of Big Bear Lake strictly implements a traffic plan at the conclusion of the fireworks show. The traffic plan helps mitigate the 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.

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