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Fourth of July Celebration
Bristol, Rhode Island 's
America's Oldest Continuous Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2023
Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade
The Fourth of July Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and will step off at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Street. Hope Street (Rt. 114) will be closed off beginning at 8:00 a.m., including Poppasquash Road.
Beginning at 7:00 a.m., Chestnut Street, Naomi Street, and Sherry Avenue will be closed to traffic. A parking ban along the parade route goes into effect the night before the parade.
If you plan on attending the parade, please read our Tips and General information, as well as our Rules and Regulations.
Also available is a map of the Parade route here.
Parade Day Parking
Parking is basically anywhere you can find it. Large lots are open to the public at the corner of Hope and Gooding.
Avoid Mt. Hope High School,
the parade forms there are participants will be parking there. If you are parking on residential streets, please be sure to avoid blocking driveways. Police will ticket.
Parade Information for Participants
Parade Formation: Mt Hope High School, 199 Chestnut Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Start Time: Parade steps off at 10:30 AM
Report Time: All divisions need to report no later than 9:00 a.m., due to the high probability
of heavy traffic conditions in Bristol. Your muster area will be either Colt State Park, or the
Mt. Hope High School, upon arrival please seek directions for your parking. Parking lots do fill quickly, and you may have to park off site and bus back in. Please plan accordingly for delays.
Your information packet included your position in the parade so please look for your division banner on poles and report to the Division Coordinator for proper placement.
Reminders: Remember there will be no stopping for TV cameras or interviews during the parade. At the end of the parade we want all marchers to visit our cooling station at Mt. Carmel Church, located at the first driveway on the right, passed the northeast corner of State Street and High Street. Buses are available for a return trip to the Mt Hope High School lot at the corner of Bradford and High Street. Throughout the day you can easily find a 4th of July Committee Member wearing a Parade Staff Shirt (blue).
For reference, please see the map.
The Vending Chairman for the 4th of July parade is John Daniels.
Please contact John at 401.247.3525 or 401.253.4519. Download the application below.
The Band Chairman for the 4th of July parade is Alan Palumbo.
Please contact Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-864-5990. Download the application below.
Bristol 4th of July Committee
General Chairman: Chuck MacDonough
P.O. Box 561
Bristol, RI 02809
Click the link below to donate
to the Bristol Fourth of July Celebration. We appreciate and thank you for your support!