From the fireworks to three days of arts, crafts and family activities at the Convention Center, make the most of the holiday weekend in Big Bear with tons of activities celebrating 240 years of American independence.
Rotary Club’s annual Fireworks Show over Big Bear Lake is on July 4. The show has been named Southern California’s best free show with over $60,000 in pyrotechnics set to be fired, including five 10-inch shells. Each burst lights up the sky and water below to create a visual spectacular that stadium shows can’t duplicate. Any location around the lake affords viewing.
There’s 2,000 bursts during the grand finale alone. Tune into KBHR 93.3 FM to hear patriotic music synchronized to each shell for a treat for the ears as well as the eyes.
Best seat in the house to see the show is at the annual Rotary Best View BBQ on the water at Marina Resort. There’s entertainment, midway games for kids, and barbecue from 4:30-7:30 p.m. $34 includes entry and choice of steak or chicken dinner by Barnstorm Restaurant, or $27 for hamburger or hot dog meal from Nottingham’s. Beer and wine are available at the Hydration Station including Big Bear Lake Brewing Co. offerings plus festival food for purchase. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets or Rotary has holiday blankets for sale plus glow sticks.
VIP guests receive served meal and seating on the deck for the show’s best view for $100 while for $54 there’s reserved seating at the water. All guests at the BBQ enjoy exclusive viewing of set pieces and shells from a second barge apart from the main show. Call (800) 4- BIG BEAR
Miss Liberty has prime fireworks viewing sailing out of Pine Knot Marina at 8 p.m. Guests enjoy climate-controlled comfort as they see each burst from right below aboard the lake’s largest tour boat. $100 includes appetizers, beer and wine for purchase. (909) 866-8129.
Big Bear Queen also has fireworks cruise at 8:30 out of Big Bear Marina. Captain Chris Bellows knows the best viewing spots and the boat’s capacity is cut in half to afford prime viewing. Cost is $60 top deck, $40 lower. (909) 866-3219.
Time Bandit Pirate Ship also has a fireworks cruise, leaving Holloway’s Marina at 8 p.m. Full cocktails and pirate crew add to the festivities. Seats priced at $72.
See the fireworks from atop Snow Summit at Above the Boom. The party starts with Skychair ride and 5:30 p.m. barbecue at Hog on the Rocks. There’s live music by blues band 60 Grit plus bounce house, face painting and free hot chocolate for the kids.$49 adults, $19 ages 5-12, four and under free. (844) GO2-BEAR.
Convention Center’s 22nd Annual Independence Day Fair is July 2-4, with arts and crafts, live music daily, children’s activities, plus food and drink. Over 50 crafters from the West Coast including Arizona and Nevada are featured, with wire-wrap jewelry, home and garden decor, billiard and gaming tables, spas, homemade jams, health products, toys and clothing. Watch as crafters make their wares on site.
Enjoy live music on the outdoor patio by local favorites Duke Michaels and Peggy Baldwin on Saturday and Sunday, Silver Moon on Monday, July 4. There’s a special children’s Kinder Garten with face painting, bounce house, game booths and a variety of tasty treats.
When hunger strikes hit Wyatt’s Cafe and Saloon for half-pound, full Angus burgers, mound of nachos and carnival food like shaved ice, kettle korn and hot dogs.
Hours are noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday. Admission is free all three days. The Convention Center is on the boulevard at Division. Call (909) 585-3000.