Bristol's Fourth of July party is underway


The Town of Bristol plays host to thousands who want to enjoy the Fourth of July in all its patriotic splendor.

Bristol’s Fourth of July celebration calendar of events

Monday, June 24

Concert Series at Independence Park

6:30 p.m. East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble

A wind ensemble experience comprised of advanced instrumentalists of high school age and up. Under the direction of David M. Marshall, the orchestra features selections from crowd pleasing contemporary favorites to complicated classical pieces.

7:45 p.m. Michael DiMucci

St. Mary’s soloist and cantor sings classic songs and standards, movie themes, Broadway show tunes, and contemporary favorites popularized by a variety of composers for the theater and screen.

Tuesday, June 25

Concert Series at Independence Park

7 p.m. 88th Army Band

The band performs a wide range of music from patriotic, classical, contemporary, big band swing, country, and the latest top-40 hits. Their Pop Rock Ensemble is consistently in the top East Coast Army Ensembles. Their show is a lively Patriotic presentation coupled with a high energy Rock set that will keep everyone thoroughly entertained

Wednesday, June 26

Road Race around Town Common

5:15 p.m. registration

6 p.m. Start

Concert Series at Independence Park

6:30 p.m. The Bristol County Chorus

A community chorus that presents a varied vocal program of numerous genres of music. Under the direction of Founder Joan Roth, the Bristol County Chorus always delivers a show of the utmost professionalism.

7:45 p.m. 100 Proof

A high energy twelve member band dedicated to performing funk, soul, and rhythm & blues of the highest quality. With three dynamic lead singers, a powerful five man horn section, and a rock solid rhythm section, they perform a wide variety of material from Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, and many others.

Thursday, June 27

Concert Series at Independence Park

6:30 p.m. D & D

Vocal duo Brian DeFusco and David Duarte perform contemporary hits in a stylistic acoustic format.

7:45 p.m. Scarab

Billed as the closest re-creation to the band Journey, Scarab presents a dynamic stage show with four part harmonies.

Rockwell Amusements Carnival

Runs through July 4

Friday, June 28

Concert Series at Independence Park

6:30 p.m. The Barley Hoppers

An eclectic blend of roots music featuring authentic renditions of songs from numerous genres. In their bag of tricks you will find old Honky Tonk and Country, early Rock and Roll, Surf, Rockabilly, Blues, Swing and sometimes even a little Tex-Mex and Cajun thrown in.

7:45 p.m. Lee Lewis and the Doo-Wop All Stars

Keeping the music of the 50’s and the 60’s alive with songs that are the foundation for today’s music, the Doo Wop All Stars create an evening of “memory lane” sentiment. This seven piece band with three lead singers will delight every listener.

Saturday, June 29

Concert Series at Independence Park

7 p.m. Steve Smith and the Nakeds

A rhythm & blues powerhouse has taken their distinct infectious blend of rhythm, brass, and fun. Recently inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame, Steve Smith and the Nakeds’ performance will not allow you to sit still.

Fourth of July Ball

Sunday, June 30

Concert Series at Independence Park

7 p.m. Changes in Latitudes

The premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett. This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” for all. It’s the ultimate beach party that’s good clean fun for all ages. Don your Parrothead gear and come to Bristol’s “Island of Margaritaville.”

Monday, July 1

Concert Series at Independence Park

6:30 p.m. Bobby Carlson and the Stones River Band

Bobby Carlson & the Stones River Band presents "what's happening today in country music with "a little bit of yesterday" mixed in. Bobby won the Massachusetts Country Music Award for Male Vocalist of the Year several times and has formed a touring band with seasoned veterans of the LA/Boston/Nashville country scene. This band always surprises everyone with their professional upbeat shows

7:45 p.m. Sixwire

Nashville super-group SIXWIRE, returns for an encore performance, brings five veterans of touring, recording, and songwriting to the Bristol stage. With three lead guitarist/vocalists and a rock solid rhythm section, Sixwire presents a stellar neo country/rock performance. Highlights of their show include a tribute to the great guitar/vocal bands of the 70’s and 80’s, and the now famous ‘Beast’ – a medley of the greatest guitar parts and solos from the greatest classic rock.

Tuesday, July 2

Concert Series at Independence Park

6:30 p.m. Rendition

An acoustic/electric trio who's strength is putting their own spin on a wide range of great songs with big harmonies that will astound you. Music from the 60’s to the present is featured in a laid back acoustic/electric format that will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands.

7:45 p.m. The Hitmen

Experience the greatest hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s the way you first heard them from the guys who made and played them all. THE HIT MEN are the former stars of mega-hit acts including Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells, The Critters, Jim Croce, Carly Simon and more. When THE HIT MEN take the stage, it's easy to see why their music has transcended generations.

Wednesday, July 3

Concert Series at Independence Park

6:20 p.m. Opening National Anthem, Evie Lavey, vocalist

6:30 p.m. Billy Lord

A compilation of musical styles with acoustic guitar at its base, he is the kind of crossover star the music scene has been waiting to receive, drawing comparisons to Kid Rock, Daughtry, and Springsteen.

7:45 p.m. Band of Brothers

A unique combination of six musicians who have been playing music since the 60's with multi part vocal harmonies and an out of the ordinary variety of music. Band of Brothers takes extreme pride in performing a show that you won't forget.

This series ending concert will feature a spectacular fireworks display at the end. This show will be very crowded and early arrival is highly recommended.

7 p.m. DCI Drum Corps Show, Mt. Hope High School

The Bristol Fourth of July Committee is proud to present the 26th Fourth of July Drum and Bugle Corps Competition, the Summer Music Preview. The Competition is one of the highlights of the Bristol Fourth of July Celebration. It has grown to become one of the finest competitions, featuring top Drum and Bugle Corps from the United States and Canada.

Ticket information:

Reserved Bleachers (Section A-D) - $30.00

Reserved Bleachers (Section E-G) - $25.00

Lawn Seating - $10.00 (Bring chairs & Blankets)

9:30 p.m. Fireworks over Bristol Harbor

Thursday, July 4

8:30 a.m. Patriotic Exercises, Colt Memorial School

10:30 a.m. Military, Civic and Firemen’s Parade

Begins Hope Street at Chestnut, ends at High Street at Court Street

Saturday, Sunday, July 20-21

8:30 a.m. John Partington Tennis Tournament

Mt. Hope High School


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