Bristol Fourth of July


Bristol, Rhode Island’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration History:

The Celebration officially starts on June 14th, Flag Day

The Annual Bristol 4th of July Celebration began in 1785 when Rev. Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church and a Veteran of the Revolutionary War conducted the first Patriotic Exercises.

It is not known exactly when the Parade started but it is thought that it evolved from the procession of community members walking to Patriotic Exercises. The Parade, the Military, Civic and Firemen’s Parade, is believed to have begun in the early 1800’s.

The Celebration officially starts on June 14th, Flag Day and concludes with the 2.5 mile Military, Civic and Firemen’s Parade on July 4th. Throughout the period following the Flag Day Ceremony numerous events are scheduled. They include a concert series at Independence Park, Fireworks, a Drum Corps Show, a Firefighters muster and a 4th of July Ball as well as many other events.


Upcoming Events at Bristol Fourth of July

Bristol Fourth of July - Bobby Carlson & The Stones River Band

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 6:30pm
Independence Park
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Bristol Fourth of July - Blue Light Bandits

Monday, Jun 26, 2017 at 6:30pm
Independence Park
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Bristol Fourth of July - The Becky Chace Band

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 at 6:30pm
Independence Park
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Bristol Fourth of July - The World Premier Band

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 at 7:00pm
Independence Park
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Bristol Fourth of July - SIRSY

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 at 6:30pm
Independence Park
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Bristol Fourth of July - The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 at 7:00pm
Independence Park
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Bristol Fourth of July - The Frog Prince

Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 at 1:00pm
Independence Park
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Bristol Fourth of July - Changes In Latitudes

Sunday, Jul 2, 2017 at 7:00pm
Independence Park
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Bristol Fourth of July - Drum and Bugle Corps Competition

Monday, Jul 3, 2017 at 6:00pm
Cranston Stebbins Stadium
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Bristol Fourth of July - Trinity

Monday, Jul 3, 2017 at 6:30pm
Independence Park
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Bristol’s Fourth of July Celebration - Parade

Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 at 10:30am
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