Bristol Rhode Island's 229th Fourth of July Celebration
July 3 - July 4, 2014 Schedule

  • Concert Series
    July 3, 2014
  • Summer Music Preview
    July 3, 2014
  • Rockwell Amusements Carnival
    July 3-4, 2014
  • Fireworks
    July 3, 2014
  • Patriotic Exercises
    July 4, 2014
  • Parade
    July 4, 2013

Concert Series

The final concert to the Concert Wednesday, July 3
Indepedence Park


Doug Botelho and his daughters, Jodi Leffingwell and Kelly Caton will present a program of Standards and Popular Music. They have entertained numerous audiences throughout the Northeast during their musical careers and provide what is always a very enjoyable show.


The Detroit Breakdown Band is a long awaited project that includes members of some of the top bands in this area. Paul Petit, a singer and harmonica player for thirty years in bands such as Shot In the Dark and the Mill City Rockers, is the lead vocalist and is an avid fan of the J. Geils Band. He brings the old school songs of the classic era from Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, and the Allman Brothers, to the modern stage. Playing a genuine B3 Hammond Organ and various other keyboards, Richard Jiacovelli adds vocals to Detroit's front line while dealing with all the keyboard duties. He has appeared with numerous bands in Rhode Island while perfecting his considerable B3 skills. The rhythm section is manned by Rich "Reggie" Roussel on Bass Guitar and vocals and Bristol, RI's own Billy "Bam Bam" Donahue on Drums. "Reggie" is a founding member of Mainbreak, and Billy toured with Young Neal and the Vipers, Touch, and Through the Doors. Guitar responsibilities fall upon Scott Cioe, also a member of Mainbreak and a past band leader for Paul and Al and the Nads, the infamous group from WHJY.

This Concert is sponsored by: Business Name; Business Name.

Don't forget, Indepence Park is a great place to watch the fireworks!

Drum & Bugle Corp Competition - "Summer Music Preview"

Thursday, July 3
Mt. Hope High School
6:00 p.m.

The Bristol Fourth of July Committee is proud to present the 25th Fourth of July Drum and Bugle Corps Competition, the Summer Music Preview. The Competition is one of the highlights of the Bristol Fourth of July Celebration. It has grown to become one of the finest competitions, featuring top Drum and Bugle Corps from the United States and Canada.

2014 Summer Music Preview Lineup
7th Regiment - New London, CT
Bluecoats - Canton, OH
Boston Crusaders - Boston, MA
Carolina Crown - Ft. Mill, SC
Spartans - Nashua, NH
Spirit of Atlanta - Camden County, NJ
The Cadets - Allentown, PA

Rockwell Amusements Carnival

Wednesday, July 3 - Thursday, July 4
Town Common

Bring the kids for the final 2 days of the Rockwell Amusments Carnival on the Town Common.

2013 Carnival Special


Wednesday, July 3
Bristol Harbor
9:30 p.m.

Go to the Concert Series downtown, visit our local restaurants, walk through beautiful downtown Bristol and do some shopping and then watch a spectacular fireworks display over the Bristol Harbor.

Patriotic Exercises

Thursday, July 4
Colt Memorial School, Hope Street
8:30 a.m.

The official kick-off on July 4th, Patriotic Exercises, for the 229th continouous time, will be held in front of Colt School, located on Hope Street, in downtown Bristol.

228th Patriotic Speaker: Name

All are welcome!!

Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade

Thursday, July 4
Hope and Chestnut Streets
10:30 a.m.

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 close to traffic. A parking ban along the parade route goes into effect the night before the parade.