Patriotic Festivities

See Bristol's roster of Independence Day events


June 21-July 3: Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series
Rolling out a weeks-long musical fete in Independence Park, Bristol is hosting its concert series in the celebratory spirit of our patriotic holiday. Featuring acts like acoustic/electric trio Rendition to Journey cover band Scarab, audiences can expect one to two acts every day. Free.

June 23: Firemen’s Field Day
Come watch volunteer firefighters battle it out in a variety of competitive and fun challenges, including the famous “Water Battle,” at Guiteras Elementary School. Bring your game face! Free, 1pm.

June 23: Interfaith Service
Rotated amongst local religious organizations, the Interfaith Service is sure to provide everyone in the community with a chance to be represented in their faith. Come see who is this year’s chosen Interfaith Speaker!

June 26: 27th Annual Fourth of July Foot Races
Strut your stuff at the annual foot races with a one-mile race for children ages 3-12, and the two-mile race with no age restrictions. Prizes and trophies will be awarded, and refreshments provided. Free. Registration 5:15pm in front of the Courthouse. All participants receive tickets to following day carnival.

June 27-July 4: Rockwell Amusements Carnival
Nothing quite screams “America” like a good old fashioned carnival. Bring the kids and enjoy rides, games, and some of that irresistible carnival popcorn and cotton candy on the Bristol Town Common. See website for times.

June 29: Bristol Fourth of July Ball
Enjoy one of the last days in June with a touch of elegance at the beautiful Herreshoff Marine Museum overlooking the Bristol Harbor. Promising dinner by Blue Rocks Catering, and music by Plaid Daddy, this night of sophistication begins with cocktails at 5:30pm. $85 per person, 5:30-11pm. Valet parking available

July 3: Drum & Bugle Corps Competition Summer Music Preview
Offering up talent from Drum and Bugle Corps from the US and Canada, this event, in its 26th year, has become one of the most memorable competitions of the festivities. Mt. Hope High School, 7pm

July 3: Fireworks
This is what it’s all about people! Go to beautiful Bristol Harbor and watch the explosive display spectacle, whether it’s part of your tradition or you’re a newcomer. 9:30pm.

July 4: Patriotic Exercises
Kicking off the Fourth, this is a salute to the spirit of the day. See some of the United States’ best at this event, featuring Patriotic Speaker Ira C. Magaziner, Senior Advisor to President Clinton on Policy Development. 8:30am, Colt Memorial School, Hope Street.

July 4: Parade
Stepping off at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street, this is the main event! Floats, parade walkers, and public servants will beating to the drums of cheering crowds. 10:30am.

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