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The theme for 2022 is

"Grateful to Celebrate Together Again"

This theme celebrates our return to a full range of Sprit of the Fourth Activities, now that the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused great stress on all of us has shown some signs of easing.



Sponsorship is vital for the financing of the Spirit of the Fourth annual activities. For 2022 Lucia Capital Group has agreed to be an "EVENT SPONSOR".

This will be the first of many sponsorships as the Spirit of the Fourth Committee plans a full range of July Fourth activities for 2022. WATCH THIS SPACE !!!


The Rancho Bernardo Spirit of the Fourth Committee held a fundraiser event at the Seven Oaks Community Center on Saturday, April 30th from 4:30 to 8:00 PM: Ron Stubbs Comedy & Hypnosis Show. The show was to help the RB Spirit of the Fourth Committee raise funds to cover the costs of producing the Rancho Bernardo Old Fashion Independence Day Celebration on the 4th of July. This includes: The Community Fair, Independence Day Parade, Wheels of Freedom Motor Show, and the evening program and Fireworks Display at Bernardo Heights Middle School. If you would like to have a very fun evening, and help fund the fireworks, here?s your opportunity. The event was a huge event. Those in attendance expressed delight at the performer's show and said they would love to see him again.


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

Contact George Cowman to learn how you can participate in our motor show!



The Wheels of Freedom Motor Show is on for 2022. Click here for a look at the flyer for this event.



For a quick slide show of still shots taken at the fireworks/evening entertainment event of 2021, click here .

Click the image below to view a high quality

video of the

Spirit of the Fourth July 4, 2021 evening event

and fireworks show.







The 50th Anniversary of the Spirit Of The Fourth event on July 4th, 2019 was a tremendous success. We have a wonderful nine and a half minute video for all to enjoy. Click HERE! to view the video. The video was made for us by our 2019 official photographer: Geoff Miasnik, Photographer.

To view the video in a larger format, "mouse over" the video below and click the Vimeo icon.





There is also a group of individual still photos of some of the 2019 events on our Shutterfly page at: https://rbsotf.shutterfly.com/


Parade Grand Marshals for 2019 were:

"Past Presidents

of Spirit Of The Fourth"


We look forward to seeing as many of them as we can and honoring them for keeping the Spirit alive through our fifty years of celebrations.

Mike Stelman: 1987

Larry McIntyre: 1995

Brian Habib 2003

Steve DeMatteo: 2010-2013

Bryan Brigham: 2014-2015

Dave Brooks: 2016-2021




For the past several years we have focused on themes that recognize veterans, first responders, youth and education. Since this was the 50th anniversary of Spirit of the Fourth, we decided to change the focus to be our organization and what we have accomplished during those 50 years. Therefore, the 2019 theme was:

Spirit of the Fourth

"Celebrating Our Golden Year"



The full printed program of the 2019 Spirit of the Fourth Celebration was distributed to about 20,000 homes in the area on June 27th. For an advanced look, please click here to download a copy.


Dave Brooks

We Need Your Help
In order for our celebration to be a success, we need to raise about $70,000. 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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Public Support Provided Through Grants

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The County of San Diego
The City of San Diego
Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation A Proud Affiliate of the San Diego Foundation

"Stars" Major Sponsors

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The Spirit of the Fourth "Stars Sponsors" for 2022 are:


Silvergate Rancho Bernardo "Where Everyday Matters", .

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