4th of July Virtual Gate Ceremony – 2020


John Adams, in a letter to his wife Abigail, wrote this about the date America declared itself independent from the rule of Great Britain: “…I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

The second president of the United States was indeed correct. The freedoms won during the Revolutionary War and defended by our brave men and women in uniform are celebrated each year on Independence Day, July 4th.

Nowhere is the 4th of July more special than at Indian River Colony Club in Viera, Florida, where members customarily gather near the community entrance to hoist the nation’s colors and commemorate the birth of the United States of America. Because of the pandemic of 2020, dedicated members prepared this virtual salute, to the country so many have faithfully served. True to the vision of John Adams, the video contains solemn acts of devotion to God and tributes to America, as well as patriotic songs, a parade and even “illuminations.” Sit back and enjoy this video celebration from The Place Patriots Call Home.


  • Jim Serianni, Invocation & Benediction
  • Robert Watts, Chairman of the IRCC Board of Directors, Opening Remarks
  • Kay Garner, Vocalist, “The Star Spangled Banner”
  • Dee Moskowitz, Vice Chair, IRCC Board of Directors, Additional Remarks
  • The Colony Clowns in a presentation of “July 4th Picnic”
  • Dave Novotny, aka Uncle Dave, guitar and vocals “God Bless the U.S.A.”
  • The members of Indian River Colony Club in a Parade of Appreciation for Staff & First Responders.

Video creation and editing by Mark Kedzierski and Duke Bickmore, residents of IRCC and members of the community’s Audio Video Support Services

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