Rancho Bernardo’s 42nd annual Spirit of the Fourth community celebration includes a parade, community fair, pancake breakfast, concert, fireworks and more.  Spirit of the Fourth Marketing and Fundraising Committee Chairwoman Valerie Brown provided 92127 Magazine with details and information on the popular Independence Day festivities.

What are the specifics about the Spirit of the Fourth events Rancho Bernado?Spirit of the Fourth events start with the Freedom Club Concert on July 3 at Webb Park.  July 4 opens at Webb Park with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., community fair, military vehicle display, classic car show, RB Idol performances, and more.  The Independence Day Parade begins at 3:30 p.m. along Rancho Bernardo Road, Bernardo Center Drive, and Acena Drive.  Fireworks are planned for dusk at Bernardo Heights Middle School.
What is the cost to attend the various events?All of the events are free, except for the food at the Pancake Breakfast – and we ask suggest a $5 donation ($20 for a family) for the fireworks show.  All the festivities are open to the public.
How many people are expected at the fireworks show?
The gates open at 6 p.m. for the fireworks show.  Festivities include the 2011 RB Idol winners performing, presentation of the essay contest winners, and featured entertainment by the Eve Selis Band.  We expect more than 5,000 people to attend.

What’s new or different for this year’s Spirit of the Fourth?
The Patriotic Pet Show and Patriotic Essay Contest are both new.  We also have all five Poway Unified School District high school bands marching in the parade – thanks to our Parade Band Sponsors, Todd and Mari Gutschow.

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Additional information on the Spirit of the Fourth
Celebration is available at www.spiritofthefourth.org.

July 3, Webb Park

Freedom Club Concert
U.S. Marines Recruit Depot Quintet
6 p.m.
(free and open to the public)

July 4, Webb Park

7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – Community Fair
7:30 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Wheels of Freedom Motor Show
10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Memorial Service
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – RB Idol Competition

July 4, Near Webb Park

3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. – Independence Day Parade

July 4, Bernardo Heights Middle School

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. – Entertainment, Fireworks