Natural fireworks at Sunset over Big Bear Lake
by Rotarian Dave Johnson
annual Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake Fireworks Show on July 4th
was again a spectacular event for Valley residents and the nearly 135,000
visitors who flocked to Big Bear Valley for the holiday weekend. The show, which cost this year about $61,000,
certainly looked like and lasted like a much more expensive show, due to the
tremendous volunteer efforts of local Rotarians who donate hundreds of hours to
build the barges, assemble the fireworks boxes, shovel tons of sand, set the
explosives and rig the wiring necessary to create the show.
annual event has been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake for
many years, and the Club outdid itself again this year, with at least 5 ten
inch shells to top off the night of dazzling displays. The finale is always something to behold and
this year was no different.
of boats gathered on the Big Bear Lake to be up close to the fireworks barges
as the pyrotechnics exploded over the lake and fell harmlessly into the
water. Thousands more gathered along the
shore all around the lake and in homes overlooking the lake to enjoy one of the
most spectacular fireworks displays anywhere.
flyover by a C17 transport plane began the evening at about 7:45 P.M., and
mostly patriotic music from KBHR 93.3 FM synchronized with the
entire fireworks show. Then the traditional and humorous Big Bear Lake song, written and sung by Mel Blanc of Looney Tunes, with
those in the crowd singing the along, ques that the show is about to begin.
the combined efforts of the City of Big Bear Lake, the Rotary
Club of Big Bear Lake and the Big
Bear Chamber of Commerce, funds are raised through donations to offset the
cost of this unique fireworks display.
As of this writing more than $55,000 has been raised by the Chamber
of Commerce of Big Bear Valley.
By agreement, any costs not covered by donations are paid for by the City
of Big Bear Lake. The actual
cost to the City will be quite small again this year because of the generosity
of local residents and businesses, many of which greatly benefit from the large
number of visitors who come to see this outstanding show.
Congratulations to all
concerned for another wonderful Big Bear Valley event!
City of Big Bear Lake MAYOR David Caretto