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January 30, 2017

Bristol, RI Historic Fourth of July Celebration


Every one of us can recall memories spending the Fourth of July with our families and friends, going to see fireworks and parades - all while being decked out in red, white, and blue, waving flags in the air, and with face paint in the shape of American flags, the works. Bristol's Fourth of July celebration has all of this, but much more. It's a weekend of adventure and activities. From the music to food trucks to fireworks to drinks with friends and parade, Bristol's celebration is the right place to be during this holiday. Bristol holds the title for the longest running Fourth of July Celebration in America dating back to 1785. 

Bristol Parade Opening 2016United States Navy March in Parade


 This summer marks its 232nd year. The day of the Fourth starts early in morning with Patriotic Exercises in downtown Bristol. Following the opening exercises, the parade, also known as the Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade, follows Bristol's iconic red, white, blue center road line beginning at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street and ending on High Street. A word of advice, make sure you get to the parade a little early to pick out a good spot along the route. Some event goers even set up their chairs and blankets hours before the parade starts. Thousands of people from throughout New England and around the world line the road to cheer on floats, parade bands, public safety personnel, and United States Armed Forces! 

Bristol Parade On SnapchatBristol Parade CrowdsBristol Bagel Before Parade

The celebration entails much more than just a parade. The day before the parade there is a music festival with local and world-known artists and bands in Bristol’s Independence Park and food trucks surrounding the grounds. The concert continues into the night and ends with a firework display over the Bristol Harbor. Downtown Bristol shops and restaurants are also a popular option to explore during the long weekend.

 Sunset Before Fireworks in Bristol Harbor

Also, the annual Bristol Independence Rhode Race will be on July 1. The half marathon race will follow through the downtown area past historic homes, through Colt State Park, and finish along the water in Independence Park. 

 Interested in traveling to Bristol for the 4th? Come sail with Blount Small Ship Adventures for an Independence Day Cruise on June 30 to July 6 to celebrate 7 days in New England Islands! Some cruise highlights include a Red, White & Blue Party on the top deck, a cookout, music, drinks, prize giveaways, a complimentary welcome and farewell cocktail hour, musical performances on board, an old fashioned yankee clam bake, firework displays from the boat in Newport and Block Island, a special cruise memorabilia gift from Blount, and lobster on the the menu every day! For more information on the cruise, visit 2017 ISLANDS OF NEW ENGLAND CRUISE.

Authored by: Rachel Lombardi


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