Get a sneak peak of the Big Bear Air Fair before the fireworks take place over the lake on the Fourth of July. Eleven planes are scheduled to fly over Big Bear Lake prior to the fireworks show on Thursday, July 4.

“We have confirmed that there will be aircraft from the Palm Springs Air Museum, as well as a C-17, P-51, P-63 and a T-33 Shooting Star flying over Big Bear,” said Ryan Goss, operations and maintenance manager at the airport. “The planes are scheduled to fly between 5:30 (and) 6:15 p.m., around Big Bear and down to Lake Arrowhead.”

Consider the planes moving advertisements for the Big Bear Air Fair, which takes place at the Big Bear Airport Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. There is also a free bicycle valet.

The Big Bear Air Fair is not just for visitors. In fact, Big Bear kids have good reason to want to attend the fair. Big Bear children can enjoy a $5 discount in the flight simulator as well as free use of the rock-climbing wall. Big Bear kids must show a Bear Valley Unified School District I.D. to receive the discounts.

The Big Bear Air Fair features skydivers, warbirds, classic cars, gifts and souvenirs, food vendors, a bounce house and aircraft displays.

Jack Roberts, general manager of the Big Bear Airport, wants to ensure a fun and safe event. No pets are allowed except for service dogs. No skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, bikes, scooters or wheel-shoes are allowed on the taxiway or runway. No smoking, vaping, drugs or alcohol are allowed. No weapons of any kind, no flammable liquids or substances are allowed.

Strollers, wagons and adaptive devices are welcome.

For more information, visit The Big Bear Airport is at 501 W. Valley Blvd., Big Bear City.

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