The Celebration

Bristol's Annual Fourth of July Celebration, established in 1785, is the oldest continuous celebration in the United States.
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The Parade

The Fourth of July Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will step-off at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street.
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The Summer Music Preview

The Bristol Fourth of July Committee is proud to present the Fourth of July Drum and Bugle Corps Competition, the Summer Music Preview.
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The Concert Series

The 2014 concerts return to Independence Park. A variety of music for 13 nights, all for free. View the 2014 line-up!
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Upcoming Events

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Our 229th Consecutive Fourth of July Celebration

Posted on
4 Oct 2013
by admin | Bristol 4th of July Committee

Bristol's Annual Fourth of July Celebration, established in 1785, is the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the United States.

In keeping with that long standing tradition of honoring our nations independence, the Bristol Fourth of July Committee establishes as its mission a means by which we can carry out our mandate to have a patriotic observance in Bristol, Rhode Island that can best exemplify our National Heritage.

The Purpose of this Committee is to formulate, prepare and carry out all plans for the Annual Fourth of July Celebration. All members of the Committee are volunteers. The presiding Chairperson for the 2014/2015 Celebrations is Ray Lavey.

If you would like to donate to the Bristol Fourth of July Celebration, you can send your donations to the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, for more information on supporting the Celebration please visit the General Chairmans' page.

To become an individual sponsor download the "Proud Supporter" form.

We thank you for your support!

Meet the 2014 Chief Marshal: David E. Barboza

Posted on
4 April 2014
by admin | Bristol 4th of July Committee

General Chairman Ray Lavey announced at the Bristol Fourth of July Committee's April 2nd General Committee meeting his selection for the 229th Bristol Fourth of July Celebration's Chief Marshal as David E. Barboza.


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Meet Miss and Little Miss Fourth of July

Posted on
26 May 2014
by admin | Bristol 4th of July Committee

The Annual Miss amd Little Miss Fourth of July Pageant was held at the Mt. Hope High School Auditorium on May 18. Crowned as the 2014 Miss Fourth of July was 20-year old Carla Braga. Corowned as Little Miss Fourth of July was 9-year old Reyn Ferris.


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Meet the 2014 Patriotic Speaker:
Major General Kevin R. McBride

Posted on
26 May 2014
by admin | Bristol 4th of July Committee

The Committee has announced the Patriotic Speaker for the 229th Fourth of July Celebration as Major General Kevin R. McBride.


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Meet the 2014 Hattie Brown Award Recipient:
Roy Leffingwell

Posted on
29 May 2014
by admin | Bristol 4th of July Committee

The 2014 recipient of the Hattie Brown Award, Roy Leffingwell, can be seen in volunteer service all over town, with either his Boy Scout Troop or the Bristol Train of Artillery.


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The Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade

Posted on
1 Jan 2013
by admin | Bristol 4th of July Committee

The Fourth of July Parade will begin 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 close to traffic. A parking ban along the parade route goes into effect the night before the parade.
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Order your NEW Redesigned Patriotic Rhode Island License Plate!

Posted on
11 April 2014
by admin | Bristol Fourth of July Committee

The Bristol Fourth of July Committee presents the redesigned Rhode Island License Plate to celebrate the Bristol Fourth of July Celebration.

The Committee decided it would increase the probability of increased orders if the license plate accommodated the 6-digits plates. Keeping the same theme, the above plate was recently approved, so we can continue our quest for 900.

There is a one-time fee of $41.50, of which $20.00 goes directly to support the Fourth of July Celebration in Bristol, celebrating since 1785!

Show your Patriotism. Be part of Rhode Island's Unique American Experience!

Plates are available to ALL Rhode Islanders! Fill out the application, which can be downloaded from our License Plate webpage or you can call 401.424.1095.
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Photo Gallaries

Ron Silva Photography

Ron is a well-known local photographer. Ron has been taking photos of the Fourth of July Celebrations for a few years, as well as many other events. Check out Ron's photos at his website.

Bristol Fourth of July Committee

Bristol Fourth of July Committee member, Nat Squatrito, also volunteers as Committee Photographer, visit his Photo Webpage.