Despite many canceled fireworks shows throughout the region, there are still a few remaining fireworks programs open to the public this weekend. Like numerous other cities, Yucaipa recently announced the cancellation of its Hometown Celebration and fireworks show. COVID-19 has prompted the closures of a multitude of traditional July 4th events.
Due to the inherently dangerous risks, fireworks are illegal to possess in the cities of Calimesa and Yucaipa. According to the city of Yucaipa website, “The Yucaipa Police and Fire Departments would like to remind you that fireworks (safe and sane included) are not permitted within the city of Yucaipa. It is a violation to own, use, or sell any type of fireworks within the city of Yucaipa. Possession of explosive devices exceeding 50 milligrams is a felony. Use of fireworks may result in citation and fine up to $1,000 or arrest. To report the use of fireworks, call Yucaipa Police Department at 790-3100.”
Some cities decided to go ahead with a fireworks show this year. Most shows on July 4, are set to begin at approximately 8:45 p.m. or shortly thereafter. For all of the fireworks shows in both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, local health officials urge attendees to social distance from others and use masks when in public places, such as public restrooms or snack bar areas. Some events feature a drive-in viewing, where guests are asked to remain in their vehicles to view the fireworks. Here is a list of local shows as of June 30:
San Manuel Stadium
San Manuel will host a “Drive-in Fireworks Extravaganza” on July 4, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the 66ers Stadium, 280 South E St. in San Bernardino. Tailgating is allowed, with restrictions.
For more information, visit online at www.milb.com/inland-empire/tickets/driveinfireworks or call 888-9922.
Cost: $40 per car or VIP package $200.
Big Bear Lake
The city of Big Bear Lake will offer a free “Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.”
The fireworks will be launched from the lake, making them viewable from nearly every corner of the community.
The show typically begins between 8:45 and 9:15 p.m.
The city asks that guests practice social distancing.
A huge Fourth of July Fireworks show will be held in the city of Lake Elsinore.
According to the city, “The Fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. shooting off from the T-peninsula. The show will be paired with a Sky Concert synchronized to KOLA’s radio station (99.9 FM). The best way to enjoy the fireworks is to practice social distancing, be respectful, and be mindful of others.”
Lake Elsinore is also offering a night boat package. To view the annual fireworks spectacular on a boat or pontoon, the city is offering a package that includes launching, day lake use, parking and a night lake pass. To purchase a boat pass, Launch Pointe, 32040 Riverside Dr., Lake Elsinore, or call 951-471-1212, from 7 a.m. to dusk.
Cost: The fireworks show is free and boat packages start at $100.
Agua Caliente, located at 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, will host a free fireworks show on July 4, after dusk.
Complimentary parking and synchronized music will be provided by Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa, Rancho Mirage.
The Arrowhead Lake Association Board of Directors said they went to San Bernardino County with a revised plan for the “ALA July 4th Fireworks Spectacular” and an alternative was worked out with the county.
According to the ALA, the fireworks will still be launched over Lake Arrowhead, but the location will be moved to the East end of the lake between the Outlet Tower and Emerald Bay. Primary viewing will be from boats or properties at the East end of the lake, where social distancing can be better controlled. The fireworks will not be as readily viewable from Lake Arrowhead Village or Tavern Bay Beach Club area.
The show starts at 9 p.m. Call 337-2595 for more information.
Editor’s Note: The above events are subject to change due to ongoing COVID-19 updates from the state.
The Big Bear Lake fireworks show announced in the July 3 edition of the News Mirror has been postponed. The announcement can after the newspaper was printed.
No new date has been announced. The city will livestream the 2017 fireworks show on its website.