The Independence Day Celebration Committee (IDCC) was formed exclusively for pleasure, recreation, patriotic, and other similar non-profitable purposes, in the presentation of a parade, fireworks, and other patriotic displays to and for the citizens of the City of Fairfax and others interested as contemplated by Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. More specifically, the purpose of the corporation is set forth by John Adams on July 3, 1776, where he described how Independence Day should be celebrated, at the inception of our nation, to wit:
“I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] 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, forevermore.”
The IDCC serves in an advisory capacity to the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department and do so in accordance with their bylaws. The IDCC works with the Parks and Recreation Department Staff to coordinate the activities of the Independence Day celebration in the City of Fairfax.
It is the responsibility of the IDCC to establish means of fundraising to support the Independence Day activities. Sponsorship of activities by business and/or other organizations is suggested and all fundraising activities shall be approved by the IDCC as a whole or as appropriately designated by the IDCC. The IDCC solicits and receives funds and property by gift, transfer, devise, or bequest. Part of these fundraising activities include an annual spring yard sale, sponsoring the Taste of Chocolate at the Chocolate Lovers Festival, and the annual July 4th t-shirt.
To insure broad based community involvement, the IDCC Board of Directors shall be members from community organizations interested in the concept of an Independence Day Celebration and may designate up to two (2) persons as members. The Annual Meeting shall be held on the third (3rd) Thursday in September of each year or at such other time as the directors designate by ten (10) days’ notice. Regular meetings are held on the third (3rd) Thursday of October, November, January, February, March, April, May, and June. A meeting will be held in the month of December if deemed necessary by the Committee.