COMMUNITY FIREWORKS: Leave the Pyrotechnics to the Professionals

By Susan A. Neufeld


Mountain Communities – Community fireworks shows in Crestline, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear will be among 16,000 displays lighting up the skies across america as the nation celebrates it’s birthday. Over 115 million people are planning to attend a community fireworks display or celebration. 

Fireworks were first authorized by congress for July 4, 1777, and the American Pyrotechnics Association reports that, in 2016, some 24.6 million pounds of fireworks were discharged at public displays across the United States.

Public displays in the mountain communities are scheduled to start at dusk, between 8:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Here is the information for community fireworks shows:


The Crestline Fireworks show will launch over Lake Gregory starting at about 9 p.m.

It’s all part of Jamboree Days festivities, which includes a parade on Lake Gregory Drive on July 1, starting at 10 a.m.


Arrowhead Lake Association launches it show from a barge in the middle of Lake Arrowhead and it is financed by ALA, along with community contributions. This show starts at dusk (about 9 p.m.)

Visitors line the shores of Lake Arrowhead and the Lake Arrowhead Village Peninsula to view the show, while many ALA members watch from their boats on the lake.


The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake’s show — underwritten by the City of Big Bear Lake, with contributions from individuals and local businesses — launches from a barge in the middle of the lake starting about 8:45 p.m.

The fireworks show is free and can be viewed from around the lake, on a boat, and throughout Big Bear Valley. The show is billed as one of the largest and most elaborate celebrations in Southern California.

One additional note, regarding all of the shows: Please make sure your pets are safely inside — before the festivities begin.