RB Spirit of the Fourth 2016 is in the history books and the planning and preparation for the 2017 event is in full swing. The event is just around the corner and the committee is confident 2017 will be an even bigger and more successful full day of spectacular fun and patriotic celebration this year.

Putting on an event of this magnitude requires a cadre' of dedicated volunteers and the financial support of 
sponsors and members of the community.  Your Spirit of the Fourth Committee began very early to encourage support for a wide variety of sponsors. Some of the fund raising events will occur earlier in the year to ensure we can meet our financial obligations on time. Check out all of our 2017 events through the navigation bar "Special Events" to your left. Please consider donating what you can afford to ensure we have the budget to conduct the full range of events we are planning for July 4th, 2017.

The Spirit of the Fourth committee has chosen "Saluting Our Wounded Warriors" as the theme for Spirit of the Fourth 2017. The Parade Grand Marshal representing this theme will be Matthew Georger.

Sgt. Matthew Georger enlisted in the Marine Corps in August of 1996 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. Upon completion, he reported to Marine Combat Training, School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, California. Sgt. Georger then reported to Combat Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and received the Military Occupational Specialty of 1371, “Combat Engineer.” Sgt. Georger then reported to Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan.

In January 1998, Sgt. Georger reported to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he served as “Squad Leader” and “Platoon Sergeant” with Charlie company 2nd CEB 2nd Marine Division. In November 2000, Sgt. Georger reported to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar where he served as a “Squad Leader” with Engineer Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, 3rd Marine Air Wing.

In August 2001, Sgt. Georger then reported to Combat Engineer Company, Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan. Where he served as a “Platoon Guide “ for 3nd platoon and company supply officer. In 2001, Sgt. Georger also attend the Green Belt Instructor course where he received the Military Occupational Skill 8551, “Martial Arts Instructor”.

In February 2003, Sgt. Georger received orders to Charlie Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group where he served as a “Squad Leader” for 3nd platoon. Sgt. Georger Supported 7th Engineer Support Battalion in support operation “Iraqi Freedom” by Training and preparing replacement Marines to deploy. In January of 2004 Sgt. Georger deployed with Alpha Company 7th Engineer Support Battalion in support of operation “Enduring Freedom.” On April 5th, 2004 at approximately 0130 hours, Sgt. Georger led his Squad of Marines in a convoy assigned mission as part of Operation Vigilant Resolve in Fallujah, Iraq. While building a traffic Control point, nicknamed the Cloverleaf, on the outskirts of town. Sgt. Georger’s Squad was attacked that night with RPGs and small arms fire. At approximately 1:20 am, 10 to 15 mortars landed both around his Squad and on top of the HESCO that they were attempting to use as cover. Sgt. Georger did his best to triage his marines and get them out of harms way as efficiently as possible. Within 24 hours of the attack, Sgt. Georger dropped and experienced his first grand mal seizure. After receiving medical treatment he learned that during the explosion he suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, which had led to an epilepsy condition.

On October 31, 2004 Sgt. Georger was medically retired from the Marine Corps. He continues to suffer from epilepsy but was proud to serve his country and wishes he could have continued to for a lifetime.

For 2017, the Spirit of the Fourth Committee organized two important fund raising events held in April and May. These events were "The Comedy Show" and "Poodles on Parade". Flyers for these events follow. These events were well attended and they were an easy way to contribute to raising the funds necessary to present the wide range of special events of Spirit of the Fourth 2017.

Comedy Show 2017

PoodlesOnParadeFlyer 2017

Photos of the 2016 event are now available on Shutterfly. Mouse over Photo Gallery above then select "Shutterfly Photos". There are also photographs and other event information on our FaceBook page. Mouseover Photo Gallery above and select "FaceBook Photos"

Our Photo Gallery page also includes a large slide show of the 2016 event photos taken by "Mr T".

For 2016, the Spirit of the Fourth Committee chose "Women in the Military" as the theme and selected Captain Vicki Nenner, United States Air Force (Retired) as Parade Grand Marshal to reflect this theme.

The Theme for 2015 was -- "Generations of Freedom" The official program for Spirit of the Fourth, 2015 can be viewed here.

Antique, Old & Classic Cars on display
Do you have a classic ride? Why not show it on the 4th in RB.

Contact Us to learn how you can participate in our car show!

For Advertising questions, please contact Dave Brooks

We Need Your Help
In order for our celebration to be a success, we need to raise over $50,000. Your donation enables us to continue providing special events which include the parade and our spectacular fireworks display!

If you had fun last year and/or are planning to enjoy the celebration this year, please consider contributing. Our sponsors provide some of the funding, but we rely on members of the community to meet the budget. Thank You!

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