The Spirit of the Fourth festivities take place throughout the day at various venues in our community. The Community Fair is held at Webb Park, off Bernardo Center Drive near Webb Lake. Click here for park information and click here for details directions to the event venue.
Here is a slide show of the 2017 Community Fair Vendors, booths, and displays:
Here is a slide show of the 2017 Quilts of Valor Quilt Show displayed on the Patio of the Marriott Hotel:
Here is a slide show of the 2017 Traditional Patriotic Celebration held at the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial adjacent to Webb Lake:
- 9:00 a.m. The Community Fair officially opens and the Motor Show will be ready for you to enjoy.
- 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. The Larry Himmel Patriotic Pet Contest, presented by the Rancho Bernardo Community Council (registration starts at 8:30 and must be completed before judging begins)
- 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Veteran's Memorial Service
- 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - TJ Magic Show
- 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - TBD
- 1:30 p.m. - RBBA's Annual Bob Wells Rubber Ducky Race (Purchase your rubber ducky before the race begins!)
Wheels of Freedom Classic Motor Show - The car show opens at 9 a.m., so if you enjoy classic cars, this is the show for you. Over 100 vehicles will be displayed at the show, organized and hosted by the Poway Cruisers.
Stage Entertainment - Enjoy entertainment and demonstrations throughout the day:
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Patriotic Pet Contest
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - TJ Magic Show
1:30 p.m. - Annual Bob Wells Memorial Rubber Ducky Race
Patriotic Pet Contest - Dress your pet in their favorite red, white & blue ensemble and enter them in the Patriotic Pet Contest, sponsored by the Rancho Bernardo Community Council (www.rbcommunitycouncil.com). The
event will take place on the stage from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Check in at 9:00 a.m. with your pet in costume and on leash. Prizes will be
A contestant from the Patriotic Pet Contest takes a victory lap in the Parade
Veterans Memorial Service - A 45-minute patriotic memorial ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m. at
the Veterans Memorial in Webb Park, honoring the veterans of all
Other Highlights include a Quilt Exhibit at the Courtyard Marriott by local quilters supporting "Quilts of Valor", a program to provide comforting quilts to wounded warriors or others who have been touched by war. Visit the Spirit of the Fourth's Information Booth in Webb Park, pick up your Freedom Passport, stroll through the different activities and win a prize by having your passport stamped at the designated stops.
Don't forgot to stay for the Parade at 3:30 p.m. and then cap your night with the evening entertainment and fireworks at Bernardo Heights Middle School. To donate, volunteer, or find out more about the Spirit of the Fourth, please look around this website, contact us by visiting our Contact page.
The Spirit of the Fourth would like to acknowledge our Freedom Club members and the many civic-minded community sponsors who support Rancho Bernardo's celebration of the Fourth of July. Visit our Sponsor page. for a listing of this year's sponsors and underwriters.
This event could not be held without the generous support of members of the community at large. Please consider making a donation in any amount to ensure the success of our community's Spirit of the Fourth Patriotic Celebration. Click here and be prepared to open your hearts and your wallet.