With so much history under our belt - 378 years to be exact - we celebrate the Fourth of July in a big way here in Newport. Each year, the city puts on an Independence Day celebration complete with a 21 gun salute, Old Colony House tours, annual reading of the Declaration of Independence, pie eating contest and more. Not to mention four different firework shows throughout our nine coastal communities, the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the country in Bristol, and much more.

 

Get the best seat in the house for fireworks aboard a number of harbor cruises, or head over to Rose Island for their annual barbecue with a seat right on the harbor. 

 

Below are our top picks for a seaside Fourth of July. 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 1

INDEPENDENCE ROAD RACE

When: 6:30 - 10:00 AM
Where: Independence Park, Bristol
Admission: $65 per person
Details: In partnership with the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, this half marathon will follow the beautiful downtown streets of America’s quintessential community when it is decked out in its finest – during the Oldest 4th of July Celebration in America. The course includes incredible historic homes, a town common and the America’s Cup Museum before heading out along the scenic coastline, through Colt State Park and finishing along the water at Independence Park.

 

INDEPENDENCE CUP

When: 5:00 PM
Where: Independence Park, Bristol
Admission: $20 pavilion seat, $50 Positive Energy Polo Lounge, $12 general admission.
Details: The Newport International Polo Series, Presented by BMW will feature a heated rivalry between the Red States against the Blue States, vying for the Independence Cup.

 

 

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MONDAY, JULY 3

ROSE MONDAY

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Grace Vanderbilt
Details: From 6:00 - 8:00 PM The Grace Vanderbilt will be offering a special menu of still and sparkling rosés to celebrate the summer on the rooftop.

 

ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT HERESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM

When: July 3 - 4
Where: Hereshoff Marine Museum
Details: Party the night away with tasty libations and live music by 6 Digg-It Band. Savor tasty treats from Russell Morin's Catering and Blount Fine Foods. 

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 4

232ND ANNUAL BRISTOL FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

When: 10:30 AM
Where: Begins at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street
Admission: Free
Details: The oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the country, the 232 Bristol Fourth of July Parade will begin at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Streets.

 

 

CELEBRATE THE FOURTH

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Washington Square
Admission: Free
Details: Starting at 10:00 AM visit the Colony House and Washington Square for a morning of patriotic activities, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Throughout the day, celebrate religious freedom and the First Amendment when more than a dozen houses of worship will be open to the public for tours. Learn how the building or the congregation that worships there symbolizes Newport's commitment to freedom of religion and religious diversity.

 

ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY BARBECUE ON ROSE ISLAND

When: 4:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Rose Island 
Admission: $80 for ticket and transportation, $65 for those with their own boat who don't need transportation 
Details: Relax and enjoy the breathtaking Newport fireworks with us during our annual Fourth of July Barbecue. Savor an unforgettable evening of great food, games, fireside chat, and live music at the venue with the best seats in town - Rose Island. Tickets.
 

 
NEWPORT INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Washington Square
Admission: Free
Details:

  • 9:00 AM: A salute to William Ellery, Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island will be hosted by the RISSR, Newport Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and Artillery Company of Newport at his grave site in the Common Burying Ground on Farewell Street.
  • 10:00 AM: A rousing patriotic band concert by the Newport Community Band at Salve Regina University will be held on the steps to the Florence K. Murray Judicial Complex at the head of Washington Square in Eisenhower Park with the traditional finale of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”. 
  • 10:00 AM: Members of the Sons of the Revolution will distribute flags and copies of our Nation’s founding documents (while supplies last).
  • 10:00 AM: The Old Colony House will be open for public inspection and tours hosted by the Newport Historical Society. Historic Churches in the area will be open celebrating Religious Freedom courtesy of the Newport Historical Society.
  • 10:00 AM: Washington Square Roots in conjunction with Bike Newport will hold a decorated bicycle parade beginning at the Liberty Tree at Thames and Farewell streets to Washington Square
  • 10:00 AM: Pie eating contest hosted by Washington Square Roots
  • 11:00 AM: The 142nd annual reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place on the steps of the Old Colony House recreating the original reading by Major John Handy in 1776 and again 50 years later in 1876.
  • 12:00 PM: A 21 gun salute celebrating our Nation’s birthday will be rendered by the Artillery Company of Newport using four original cannons cast by Paul Revere in 1798.
  • 12:00 PM: Ringing of the bells will take place at the Old Colony House.

 

 

FIRST FREEDOM OPEN HOUSE TOUR

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Various houses of worship throughout Newport
Admission: Free
Details: Celebrate the role of Newport’s historic religious communities in developing America’s commitment to Freedom of Religion. Thirteen buildings representing some of America’s most beautiful houses of worship and historic congregations will be open to visitors. Guides will be on hand to describe the building and the role the house of worship and its members played in Newport’s religious history. Click here for a list of houses of worship.

 

LINDEN PLACE FOURTH OF JULY PARADE PICNIC

When: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Linden Place Mansion
Admission: $80 for adults, $55 for children and include breakfast and lunch. Linden Place members receive a $10 discount on tickets
Details: Located directly on the historic Bristol Fourth of July Parade route, Linden Place will be offering bleacher-style seating, and tables and chairs under the shade of the Linden trees. Tour the mansion, stroll the gardens and soak up Bristol’s festive atmosphere. Have access to shady viewing spots and conveniently located restrooms.

 

 

FIREWORK DISPLAYS

 

 

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Jamestown Rocket 'Hots Annual Fireworks | Sunday, July 2

7:30 - 9:30 PM.  Music provided by Ryan Hartt and Jamestown Community Band starting at 7:30pm

 
Bristol: Sunday, July 3

9:30 PM. Free. Enjoy the concert series downtown, walk around and end the evening with a spectacular fireworks displayed over Bristol Harbor at Independence Park.

 

Newport: Tuesday, July 4

9:15 PM. Free. The fireworks show begins after dark, around 9:15 PM. Best viewing is anywhere along Newport Harbor, facing west.

 

Escobar’s Highland Farm, Portsmouth | Tuesday, July 4

9:30 PM. Escobar's Highland Farm will have their traditional fireworks display over the cow pastures. There are many vantage points nearby from which to witness this show.

 

 

FIREWORK SAILS

Yacht Eleanor | Jamestown Fireworks

When: Monday, July 3; 8:45 PM
Details: Take in unobstructed views of Jamestown's fireworks from the water.  Don't worry about driving cars over the bridge, fighting for a place to park your vehicle and then looking for a place to sit. Buy your tickets for a boat ride to Jamestown.

 
Schooner Aurora | Newport Fireworks

When: Tuesday, July 4; 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Details: Enjoy a sunset sail through Newport Harbor followed by a spectacular fireworks display from the best view in town, aboard Schooner Aurora. 

 

Schooner Adirondack II | Jamestown Fireworks

When: Monday, July 3; 8:45 PM
Details: Enjoy the 4th of July fireworks display from the Town of Jamestown aboard the Adirondack II on the evening of July 3rd. Take in unobstructed views of Jamestown’s fireworks from the water from the decks of our beautiful schooner.

 

Yacht Eleanor | Newport Fireworks

When: Tuesday, July 4; 8:45 PM
Details: Take in unobstructed views of Jamestown's fireworks from the water.  Don't worry about driving cars over the bridge, fighting for a place to park your vehicle and then looking for a place to sit. Buy your tickets for a boat ride to Jamestown.

 
Schooner Adirondack II | Newport Fireworks

When: Tuesday, July 4; 8:30 - 9:45 PM.
Details: Hop on board for one or both of the 4th of July celebrations onboard the Adirondack II. On the night of the fourth of July watch the amazing Newport fireworks from the water!  Or join them on the night of July 5th when they will be sailing to Jamestown to watch their fireworks display at sunset. Open bar and appetizers.