Bristol's Fourth – What You Need to Know

Posted 7/3/20

Yes, Bristol is having a parade on July 4. It will be smaller, quicker and earlier than anyone has seen in decades, but there will be a parade.

Here's some of what you need to know if you're …

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Bristol's Fourth – What You Need to Know

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Yes, Bristol is having a parade on July 4. It will be smaller, quicker and earlier than anyone has seen in decades, but there will be a parade.

Here's some of what you need to know if you're thinking of going — while social-distancing and keeping your mask handy.

The Parade

  • WHERE: The traditional route, beginning at Hope and Chestnut streets, ending at the Town Common
  • WHEN: Parade rolls out at 8:30 a.m.
  • WHAT: A vehicle-only parade; no marchers on foot
  • HOW LONG: Approximately 45 minutes
  • ROADS: The parade route will be closed to parking beginning at 5 a.m., and closed to traffic beginning at 7:30 a.m.
  • See the Parade Order of Procession here.

Patriotic Exercises

  • WHERE: Bristol Town Common
  • WHEN: Following the parade
  • WHO: Patriotic Speaker Capt. Mark Turner

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