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 2015 concerts return to Independence Park. A variety of music for 13 nights, all for free. View the 2015 line-up!
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Upcoming Events

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Our 230th Consecutive Fourth of July Celebration

Posted on
Jan 1 2015
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 2015 Chief Marshal: Raymond E. Gallison, Jr.

Posted on
2 April 2015
by admin | Bristol 4th of July Committee

General Chairman Ray Lavey announced at the Bristol Fourth of July Committee's April 1st General Committee meeting his selection for the 230th Bristol Fourth of July Celebration's Chief Marshal as Raymond E. Gallison, Jr.


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Meet the 2015 Patriotic Speaker: Dr. Donald J. Farish

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21 May 2015
by admin | Bristol 4th of July Committee

With more than 40 years in higher education including 11 as a full-time faculty member, esteemed educator, scientist and attorney Donald J. Farish became the 10th president of Roger Williams University in June 2011.


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Meet the 2015 Hattie Brown Award Recipient:
Susan Remieres Donovan

Posted on
31 May 2015
by admin | Bristol 4th of July Committee

The Hattie Brown Award has been presented since 1987 to a worthy Bristolian who demonstrates the same spirit of community service that was exhibited by Hattie Brown. Hattie was a long time member of the Fourth of July Committee and was well known for her charitable contributions and community service in Bristol and throughout the state. She could always be counted on for her support whether it was a church, youth organization or fraternal order. This year’s recipient is Susan Remieres Donovan.

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Meet the 2015 Miss and Little Miss Fourth of July

Posted on
31 May 2015
by admin | Bristol 4th of July Committee

On Saturday, May 23th, more than 400 people gathered in the Mt. Hope High School Auditorium to celebrate the 67th Annual Miss Fourth of July and the 19th Annual Little Miss Fourth of July pageant.


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2015 Visiting Ship: USS TORTUGA

Posted on
25 May 2015
by admin | Bristol 4th of July Committee

Patrol Coastal USS Shamal (PC 13) made the homeport shift from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia to Naval Station Mayport on Saturday, bringing with her a crew of 30 to join the Florida installation.


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Order your NEW Redesigned Patriotic Rhode Island License Plate!

Posted on
Jan 1 2015
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 401.243.5849.
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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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Photo Galleries

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.