1. Fireworks on the Lake
Come attend the biggest 4th of July fireworks display in Southern California. The fireworks are shot off from a barge on the Lake directly off of Pine Knot Landing. Fireworks begin between 8:45-9:15pm. Viewable from any of our public parks or the best spot, from a boat on the Lake. Make sure to bring a jacket or blanket because it can get cold. For more information call 909.866.4607.
2. Big Bear Lake Independence Day Festival
Big Bear Lake Independence Day Festival at The Big Bear Lake Convention Center on July 3-5 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Featuring Live Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Children’s Activities and more. Doors open each day at 10:00 a.m. and the fun continues on Friday and Saturday until 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday until 3:00 p.m. For more details, call 909-585-3000 or visit www.bigbearevents.com
3. Lou Gramm Concert at Swim Beach
For those looking to have a “Hot Blooded” Fourth of July weekend in Big Bear, the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District is offering a lakeside concert featuring Lou Gramm of Foreigner, the band behind “Jukebox Hero” and “Feels Like the First Time.” Tickets are now on sale for the Fourth of July concert, to be held at Swim Beach on Big Bear Lake; ticket prices range from $25 to just $35 for a front row seat. According to Parks and Recreation’s Lorie Judd, “They’re all great seats—the furthest is only 90 feet from the stage! It’s going to be a great show. We’re also going to have great food vendors and the fireworks over Big Bear Lake after the show, so what could be better than that?” Since the show is at Swim Beach, and boating on the Fourth is a tradition for many, there will also be boat entry available at the Lou Gramm concert. For $250 per boat, no matter the number onboard, concert-goers can enjoy the show from the cove of Swim Beach. The concert begins at 6:30pm, and the annual fireworks show over Big Bear Lake will be immediately following. To purchase tickets, visit the Recreation and Park District offices on Park Avenue or call 866-9700 or log onto www. bigbearparks.com
4. Annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth Of July BBQ
The annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth of July Lakefront Fireworks and Barbeque at the Marina Resort on Lakeview Drive. For $20, guest can have Pizza, Mexican or Hamburger or $24 for Steak. View Only, No Food tickets are available for $10.00. Live entertainment by Reno and Cindy Holler. Tickets can be purchased at Bear City Glass (909) 585-2037, Sotheby’s (909) 878-5500, Shelli’s Hallmark (909) 866-4882 or at Marina Resort (909) 866-7545. NO Ice Chests , NO Alcohol, NO Pets
5. Discovery Center Summer Concert Series: The DooWah Riders
The DooWah Riders will make one final ride on the Bear Valley range to return to the Discovery Center stage to kickoff a sizzling 2009 July 4 Weekend celebration on the lake. For over 20 years they have been riding their own patch on the musical range throughout the West. They possess the rare combination of many years of experience and youthful energy, fired by a love for what they do. The DooWahs are country, with a unique, original sound they define as “high energy country with a cajun twist”. Their tight musicianship and powerful arrangements of classic and original songs have made them favorites everywhere they go. Opening the show will be The Sit-Ins performing a wide array of sounds drawing from classic rock, bluegrass and country roots. Additionally, they will perform at Veterans Park, adjacent to Big Bear Village, on Saturday, July 4, kicking off a day-long celebration and one of SOCAL’s best fireworks shows. $15 Adult (18+)$10 Teen (13-17) 12 & under FREE. Tickets are available online and at the Discovery Center’s Adventure Outpost or at www.sbnfa.org
6. Canoe Tours at The Discovery Center
Learn how to canoe on a leisurely 2-hour guided tour of beautiful Big Bear Lake. After a quick paddling lesson, you will cruise along the shore looking for beaver, great blue herons, and ducklings. Along the way you will learn the natural history of the Big Bear Valley along with the various flora and fauna found in the area. Children must be at least 6 years old and all children need to be accompanied by an adult. Includes water and a snack. Tours caravan to lake. Tours are limited to 14 people, reservations recommended. Call (909) 382-2790 or (909) 866-3437 for reservations. Fee: Adults $25, Children (6-12) $15
7. Pine Knot Village Artwalk
Saturday & Sunday- The Pine Knot Village Art Walk is a self guided tour throughout the Shopping District and center of our community. 40 artists from around the region exhibit work for sale, live art demos and entertainment. Enjoy the clean mountain air and laid back atmosphere that makes this four season resort community a real getaway from the big city. Takes place July 4-5 and admission is Free.For more information on the 5th Annual Pine Knot Village Art Walk, please visit www.artsmda.org or call(909) 878-3556.
8. 4th of July Fireworks Cruise
Watch the Big Bear 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular aboard the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Boat! Enjoy the best seat in the house aboard this Fireworks Cruise and enjoy hors o’dourves and complimentary champagne. Price is $75 per person. Reserve your spot now while there are seats still available, (909) 866-8129.
9. CATS presents: “The Wizard Of Oz”
The CATS summer musical will be “The Wizard of OZ”, with music and script based on the movie. Featuring all of the movie’s favorite characters, it’s sure to be a family favorite! The musical plays for 13 performances: June 26, 27, July 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10 &11 at 7:30 p.m. and on June 28, July 5, & 12 at 1:30 p.m. All performances are at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center. Tickets range in price according to dates and location: Adults: $9.95 – $22.95; Seniors: $8.95 – $20.95; Under 18: $6.95 – $15.95. Tickets can be purchased on line at CATS web site: www.bigbeartheater.org or thru the PAC Box Office at 909-866-4970.
10. Citibank Car Show/Pinewood Derby