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Spirit of the Fourth 2017 now exists only in the memories of those who attended the event and had a great time helping our community celebrate the birth of our nation. Hats Off to the SOTF Committee for putting on a great show again this year. The committee is grateful for the community support through donations and volunteer efforts so essential to the success of an event as large and varied as the Spirit of the Fourth in Rancho Bernardo.





There are a lot of new photos of the 2017 Spirit of the Fourth event throughout the web site. Navigate through the site events and check out the slide shows. You can also see a collection of 500 photos taken by a dedicated RB High student by going to the Photo Gallery and following the link to her Google Photos album. Enjoy!
The Spirit of the Fourth committee chose "Saluting Our Wounded Warriors" as the theme for Spirit of the Fourth 2017. The Parade Grand Marshal representing this theme was Matthew Georger. Matt was presented a certificate of appreciation by our Representative in Congress, Scott Peters. That presentation was a truly touching moment and spoke to all who attended the VIP Reception. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to those brave men and women of our Armed Services who have given so much to preserve our freedom and way of life, and especially those who came back home with the wounds of war.



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" (primary organizer, Myrna De La Pena) and "Poodles on Parade" (primary organizer, Robin Kaufman). 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!



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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 this year or last year and/or are planning to enjoy the celebration next 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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Title Sponsors

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spacerThe Spirit of the Fourth Title Sponsor for 2017 is the County of San Diego, courtesy of Kristin Gaspar, Board Member for District 3. Title sponsorship is available now for 2018. Any sponsor contributing at this level will have this space exclusively with a large logo and recognition here right away as well as in the printed program for next year.

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