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Bristol Fourth of July

The 234th Year of this Patriotic Celebration

Bristol, RI knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July. And since 1785, that’s exactly what the residents of this charming New England town have been doing, garnering the nickname: “America’s most patriotic town.”

The nation’s longest-running Independence Day celebration begins in mid-June with Flag Day and continues with multiple activities and events, culminating in the annual Fourth of July parade. 

Free Concerts and Fireworks in Bristol
Events include free outdoor concerts at Independence Park every day from Thursday,

June 20 through Wednesday, July 3; the Fourth

of July Ball on Friday, June 21; the Bristol Independence Rhode Race on Saturday, June 29;

a fireworks display over Bristol Harbor on Wednesday, July 3 at approximately 9:30 p.m.; contests, raffles, a lottery; and more. (The concert lineup and details about other events will be available on the website.) 

2019 Bristol Fourth of July Parade
On the morning of Thursday, July 4, Patriotic Exercises will take place at Colt Memorial School

in downtown Bristol. Then at 10:30 a.m., at the corner of Chestnut and Hope Streets, the annual Military, Civic, and Firemen’s Parade begins its

2.4-mile route. 

Traditionally, the parade features Colonial garb, marching bands, creatively embellished floats, members of the military, law enforcement, firefighters, brightly costumed dancers, bagpipers, drum and bugle corps, fife and drum corps, stilt-walkers, horses, antique vehicles, fire trucks, and much more.

ABC6 Live Parade Coverage
ABC6 viewers will have a front row seat for live coverage of the entire parade with the first marchers reaching the ABC6 location at approximately 10:45 a.m. ABC6 will also be live streaming the parade on abc6.com beginning with the 10 a.m. pre-show and continuing to the end of the parade at 2 p.m.

Bristol Post-Independence Day Events
After the Fourth of July, the celebration continues with the John Partington Tennis Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, and the Spirit of America Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 18.

Visit fourthofjulybristolri.com for more information

and updates.






Bristol Fourth of July Parade Photos by Patty Squatrino