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A festive tradition in Rancho Bernardo is the annual VIP Reception which offers an opportunity for residents to socialize with elected officials, leaders of service organizations, leaders in the business community, and guests in the military.

It is open to all members of the Freedom Club and is usually attended by elected officials, including Congressman Scott Peters, State Assembly Member Brian Maienschein, State Senator Toni Atkins, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilmember Mark Kersey, County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, and others. More than 200 persons are expected to attend the reception which will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 4.  Beer, wine, bottled water, and food will be served.

This year Congressman Scott Peters honored our Spirit of the Fourth Parade Grand Marshal, Matt Georges, with the presentation of a certificate of appreciation. Matt represented all wounded warriors who were the focus of the theme of Spirit of the Fourth 2017.

Here is a short slide show of the 2017 VIP Reception, including Scott Peters presentation:

Here is a short slide show of the the 2016 event:

The photos in this slide show are available in our Photo Gallery here on Shutterfly.

2017 Sponsors

The Spirit of the Fourth Freedom Club is grateful for our sponsors for their support which makes the VIP Reception possible.  Our 2017 Sponsors include:

Food Sponsors -- The Remington Club, The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, Souplantation in Rancho Bernardo

Dessert Sponsor -- Seacrest Village Retirement Communities in RB.

Beverage Sponsors -- Albertsons Supermarket (bottled water)


Membership in the Spirit of the Fourth is comprised of the Freedom Club, patriotic residents who support the Spirit of the Fourth through their annual donation.  Funds generated from Freedom Club membership are used to defray the expense of staging the Independence Day Celebration. The Spirit of the Fourth is  a 501 (c) (3) organization so memberships are tax deductible.  To join the Freedom Club, please print and complete this form and mail it in to join.  Freedom Club membership begins at $125.

Benefits of Membership include: 

  • an invitation to attend the VIP Reception on the Fourth of July along with city, county, and state officials, and our Congressional representatives,
  • reserved seating at the parade and the evening entertainment/fireworks display, and
  • reserved parking at all events.
Contact the Spirit of the Fourth for more information at 858-335-7906 or

Interested in supporting our Independence Day celebration?  To make a general donation to Spirit of the Fourth, please click below.

Title Sponsors

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spacerThe Spirit of the Fourth Title Sponsor for 2018 is the County of San Diego, courtesy of Kristin Gaspar, Board Member for District 3.

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