We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. - The Declaration of Independence


What better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Rhode Island, the first British colony in America to formally declare its independence, approximately two months before each of the other colonies. From a classic parade to setting sail beneath the fireworks, here are the best events and celebrations happening in Newport County. Added bonus: Cond Nast Traveler named Newport among the Best Cities for Fourth of July Hotel Deals, so you can rest easy once the celebrating is over.

Events & Celebrations

230th Bristol Fourth of July Celebration Often referred to as the most patriotic town in America, Bristol's Fourth of July Celebration is the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the US. This year marks the 230th celebration which officially begins on June 14 with Flag day, followed by a number of festive activities including a series of concerts, the Fourth of July Ball on June 26, the Drum & Bugle Corps Competition and the fireworks display on July 3, and finally the Fourth of July Celebration. The day begins with a parade departing from Chestnut and Hope Street at 10:30am. Firework Sails Climb aboard the Adirondack II and experience the firework display from Newport (July 4) or Jamestown (July 5) with a front row seat on the water. Your excursion will include an open bar with beer, soda, wine, and champagne, as well as appetizers of shrimp cocktail,cheeses, crackers, veggies, dip andred white and blue cupcakes. Tickets Fort Aqua The Revolutionary Water Festival, Aqua, comes to Fort Adams on July 3 with a water and light show, beer garden, local bands, food and fireworks. 4-10pm on the North Lawn.

Firework Displays

Bristol | July 3 Location: Independence Park Time: 9:30pm Jamestown | July 5 Location: Canonicus Avenue Time: Sundown (approximately 9pm) Newport | July 4 Location: Newport Harbor Prime viewing locations: Fort Adams, Kings Park, or any of the docks & wharves along the waterfront. Time: 9:15pm Portsmouth | July 4 Location: Escobar's Highland Farm, 133 Middle Road, Portsmouth Time: Sundown (approximately 9:30pm)