Bristol, Rhode Island's Annual Fourth of July Celebration History
Each year, the Celebration officially begins on June 14th, Flag Day.
It is not known exactly when the Parade started but it is thought that it evolved from the procession of community members walking to Patriotic Exercises. The Parade, the Military, Civic and Firemen’s Parade, is believed to have begun in the early 1800’s.
Currently, the Celebration officially starts on June 14th, Flag Day and concludes with the 2.5 mile Military, Civic and Firemen’s Parade on July 4th. Throughout the period following the Flag Day Ceremony numerous events are scheduled. They include a Concert Series at Independence Park, Fireworks, a Firefighters Muster and a Fourth of July Ball as well as many other events.