Heading to the 2013 Bristol Fourth of July Parade on Thursday, July 4? Get directions to the famous Rhode Island celebration, a parade route map, road closings, parking information, and other important information below.
If you want to see fireworks to make your 4th of July celebration complete, head to the Bristol Harbor the night before the parade. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 3.
This year marks the 228th Fourth of July Parade in Bristol. It is the oldest Fourth of July celebration in the United States of America.
Bristol Parade Route: The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Street. Get a printable map here. Get directions to the parade here.
Road Closings: Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, Chestnut Street, Naomi Street and Sherry Avenue will be closed to traffic. Hope Street will be closed off starting at 8:00 a.m. including Poppasquash Road.
Where to Park: There will be many lots are open to the public at the corner of Hope and Gooding Streets. If you happen to find an open spot on a residential street, don’t block anyone’s driveway.
Parking Ban: There will be a parking ban in effect along the parade route the night before the parade (July 3).
Parade Rules: You won’t be able to camp out the night before if you think that might get you a better spot on the Bristol 4th of July parade route. If you try to set up before 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, your belongings will be confiscated.
Leave the alcoholic beverages at home and if you purchased fireworks, don’t bring them to the parade with you – they aren’t allowed.
It’s going to be a hot day on Thursday, so come prepared. Bring sunblock, hats, your sunglasses and cold drinks. Leave your dog at home, please.
Check out all the other rules, regulations and other important information here on the Bristol Fourth of July parade site.