Bristol 4th of July Celebration

Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in America.

Chief Marshal and Family

The Annual Bristol 4th of July Celebration began in 1785 when Rev. Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church and Veteran of the Revolutionary War conducted the first Patriotic Exercises.

Since that day, Bristolians have gone above and beyond to keep the spirit of America's independence alive and well, welcoming people from around the world to participate and enjoy this local tradition.

Some of the major events include:

  • Concert Series
  • Fireworks
  • Flag Day Ceremony
  • Fourth of July Ball
  • Interfaith Service
  • Miss and Little Miss 4th of July Pageant 
  • Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade 
  • Patriotic Exercises
  • Rockwell Amusements Carnival

With many other activities, events, and fundraising efforts, Fourth of July fun goes on all year long!

Visit the Bristol Fourth of July Celebration website.

Get involved with the Fourth of July Committee.

4th crowd on Hope St

Independence Park concert and fireworks

Miss and Little Miss