2016 Calendar of Events - Bristol's 231th 4th of July


Bristol, Rhode Island's Annual Fourth of July Celebration History

The official and historic Celebration, Patriotic Exercises, was established in 1785 by Rev. Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church and Veteran of the Revolutionary War. The Civic, Military and Firemen's Parade is organized by the Bristol Fourth of July Committee.

The Celebration officially starts with Flag Day on June 14. Over the next weeks there are free outdoor concerts at Independence Park, Orange Crate Derby races, a firefighters' muster, Fourth of July Ball, Drum & Bugle Corps. show and many other activities and events.  View the current up-to-date events on our Event's Calendar or visit the Bristol 4th of July Committee website.

The Celebration concludes on July 4 with the annual parade, "The Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade", which is viewed by over 200,000 people from Rhode Island and around the world. These long lasting celebrations give Bristol its nickname, "America's most patriotic town".