8:30am: Patriotic Exercises
Patriotic Exercises is the foundation for our claim as the Oldest Continuous Celebration in the United States. The Annual Bristol 4th of July Celebration began in 1785 when Rev. Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church and Veteran of the Revolutionary War conducted the first Patriotic Exercises.
Each year a Patriotic Speaker or Speaker of the Day is chosen by the Committee to speak to our community to kick off the Fourth of July. Patriotic Exercises begins each July 4th at Colt School in downtown Bristol at 8:30 a.m.
Hattie Brown Award
Location: Colt School, Bristol, RI
10:30 am: Annual Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade
The Fourth of July Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and will step-off at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Street.
Hope Street (Rt. 114) will be closed off beginning at 8:00 a.m., including Poppasquash Road.
Beginning at 7:00 a.m., Chestnut Street, Naomi Street and Sherry Avenue will be closed to traffic. A parking ban along the parade route goes into effect the night before the parade.
12pm - 5pm: Carnival
Bracelets available EVERYDAY for $35 per day.
Location: Bristol Town Common