JULY 4th

A New Traffic Control Plan

to Ease Weekend Over-flow


Big Bear Valley residents and visitors are reminded that NO personal Fireworks allowed in the Big Bear Valley and the San Bernardino National Forest. This includes the City of Big Bear Lake, all unincorporated areas of the Valley, and the San Bernardino National Forest. Given the threat of wildfires, fireworks such as sparklers or mini-rockets (including Safe & Sane fireworks) that can be purchased in other cities are prohibited in the mountain areas. 

See the attached map for an overall view of planned traffic control. Motorists are advised that Village Drive will be closed to eastbound traffic from Big Bear Boulevard (State Route 18) to Knickerbocker Road.  An alternate route is established at Paine Road through the residential neighborhood south of the Village.

Additionally, all roads intersecting Big Bear Boulevard from Edgemoor Road (east of City Hall) to Sandalwood Drive (just east of Vons & Stater Bros. shopping centers) will require vehicles to make a right turn onto Big Bear Boulevard.  No left turns will be allowed. The only exception will be at Big Bear Boulevard and Georgia Street, which is an intersection that is controlled by a traffic light. 


  Starting at approximately 9:00 P.M., the following intersections will be controlled by law enforcement officials:

• Big Bear Boulevard @ Knickerbocker
• Big Bear Boulevard @ Pine Knot
• Big Bear Boulevard @ Paine
• State Route 18 @ State Route 38 (The Dam) 
• North Shore (State Route 38) @ Stanfield Cutoff 
• North Shore (State Route 38) @ Division 
• Division @ Big Bear Boulevard (State Route 18)
• Stanfield Cutoff @ Big Bear Boulevard (State Route 18)

Vehicles parked at the East Boat Ramp, West Boat Ramp, and Pine Knot Marina will not be permitted to leave those areas for approximately one hour following the conclusion of the fireworks display.

The total number of people expected to visit the Big Bear Valley on July 4 is between 140,000 - 160,000. Motorists are requested to be patient and courteous as Big Bear Sheriff Deputies and California Highway Patrol officers work to move traffic in an efficient and orderly fashion. 

Please enjoy the holiday safely and responsibly!  The annual Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake Fireworks Show will start between 9:00-9:15 P.M., Saturday July 4th with patriotic-themed music to be simulcast on local radio station KBHR (93.3 and 102.5 FM). This is a free show that can be seen from a variety of locations along the shoreline of Big Bear Lake.

Join us as we celebrate Independence Day and wish America a very happy 239th birthday!