July by the sea: Name something better. While we wait, we'll tell you all the things we can't wait for this month; from the return of some of our favorite celebrations, like the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the country in Bristol; Newport Music Festival featuring more than 40 concerts at some of our most stunning venues and mansions; and the return of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Open featuring an induction ceremony, a champagne brunch and more. 

Not to mention, July means free outdoor films and live concerts, summer libations on our rooftop bars and outdoor patios, plenty of free things to do and so much more. 

We told you, there's nothing better than a July in Newport. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNUAL BRISTOL FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

When: July 4, 10:30 AM
Where: Begins at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street
Admission: Free

The oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the country, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade begins at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Streets.

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NEWPORT INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

When: July 4, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Washington Square
Admission: Free

  • 9:00 AM: A salute to William Ellery, Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island, 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 Newport Community Band at Washington Square.
  • 10:00 AM: The Old Colony House will be open for public inspection and tours hosted by the Newport Historical Society.
  • 11:00 AM: The 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.

 

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NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL

When: July 4 - 28
Where: Various venues throughout Newport - Details
Admission: Admission prices vary for each concert - Details

The Newport Music Festival (NMF) will take place from July 4-28 and will present 43 concerts and events in the renowned Newport mansions, including The Breakers, The Elms, and the Chinese Tea House, as well as other impressive venues, such as Castle Hill Inn, The Casino Theatre, The Bohlin, Blithewold, and Aldrich Mansion.

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NEWPORT REGATTA

When: July 6 - 7
WhereSail Newport
Admission: Free

The 2019 Newport Regatta will mark the 35th running of this signature annual event. Sail Newport has a long history of hosting this East Coast keynote event for one-design classes where we live by our motto: "More Racing, Less Waiting, Cold Beer"

 

 

NEWPORT-SHIMODA ARTS & CULTURAL CELEBRATION

When: July 13
WhereTouro Park
Admission: Free

This annual event is a cultural exchange that celebrates the City's relationship with the people of Shimoda, Japan. The day will be filled with traditional Japanese crafts, music & culture mixed with local and regional artists, makers, musicians, food purveyors and family activities.

 

 

NEWPORT KITE FESTIVAL

When: July 13 - 14
WhereBrenton Point State Park
Admission: Free

Learn to fly a kite or show off your skills at Brenton Point State Park as endless kites take to the sky.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME OPEN

When: July 14 - 21
WhereThe International Tennis Hall of Fame
Admission: Details

Game, set, match! Hot off Wimbledon, the top ATP World Tour pros have arrived in Newport to compete in the Hall of Fame Open July 14 - 21, 2019. Contested on the historic grass tennis courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which have hosted all the legends of the sport since 1880, the tournament is the only event played on grass courts outside of Europe, and it offers the only opportunity to see professional men's tennis in the Northeast prior to the US Open.

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SUMMER TASTING SERIES WITH TWO GALS COCKTAILS

When: July 18, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
WhereLinden Place Mansion
Admission: $55

The once-a-month series of three tasting events gives attendees a social, fun and educational opportunity to sample spirits, wines and beers as well as a chance to experience Linden Place in a new way. A unique, educational and fun night out for couples and groups of all sizes. Each session, mixologists Sandra & Michele will focus on a different type of seasonal beverage paired with specialty small bites. 

 

 

LIVE LOCAL MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

When: July 20; 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
WhereGreat Friends Meeting House
Admission: $15

The Live Local Music Festival is a celebration of the art and culture that defines Newport and Rhode Island as a whole. Live Local gives others from across the world a first hand view of what it means to be a Newport local through art, music, food, history and more importantly, the people that make Newport such a beautiful, unique, and innovative place.

 

CRAFT BREW RACES

When: July 20, 12:00 - 3:50 PM
WhereFort Adams
Admission: $15 - $70

fun walk/run 5k in Newport followed by a craft beer festival with more than 40 local craft breweries, including Rhode Island’s best.

 

 

FIESTA VERDE: ENCHANTED SUMMER

When: July 20, 6:00 - 10:30 PM
Where: 646 Bellevue Avenue
Admission: $275

Join the Aquidneck Land Trust for a fantastic evening overlooking the historic Cliff Walk on the lawns of three beautiful Newport homes, "Miramar," "Ocean View," and "Rock Cliff." Wonderful dining and dancing, a spirited silent auction with exciting getaway packages, jewelry, and artwork, and the chance to support ALT's efforts to conserve open space on Aquidneck Island. 

 

 

WARREN QUAHOG FESTIVAL

When: July 20 - 21
Where: Burrs Hill Park, So. Water Street, Warren
Admission: Free

Enjoy arts and crafts vendors; seafood, chowder, clams, and other food; and live entertainment.

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CULTURAL SURVIVAL BAZAAR: A FESTIVAL OF INDIGENOUS ARTS & CULTURE

When: July 27 - 28
WhereTiverton Four Corners Arts Center
Admission: Free

This free admission, family-friendly festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by Indigenous artists from dozens of countries. Enjoy demonstrations by artists, Indigenous cuisine, and live music from around the world. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exchange, connect, and build community. Chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and bring home a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world.

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