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October 18, 2018

Schedule released for Newport Independence Day Festivities in Washington Square


The Rhode Island Society Sons of the Revolution has announced that they, along with a local team of volunteers, will host a variety of Newport Independence Day Activities.  The events begin in and around Washington Square at 9:15 am and go till 12:30 pm.

Rhode Island Society Sons of the Revolution invites the public to join them for a stirring tribute to the birth of our Nation in Newport. The schedule of events for July 4th, 2018  is as follows:

9:15 a.m. – Meet at the grave site of William Ellery at the Common Burying Ground on Farewell Street, Rhode Island Signer of the Declaration of Independence, for a tribute and musket salute to this important Newport resident.

9:45 a.m. – Meet at Newport’s Liberty Tree at the corner of Farewell and Thames Streets with your bicycle decorated in patriotic colors for a group ride to Washington Square. Sponsored by Bike Newport.

10:00 a.m. –   Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy tunes by the Newport Community Band in Washington Square.  The concert will feature Marches, Show Tunes, Jazz Pieces and Rousing Patriotic Medleys.

10:00 a.m. – Newport Colony House Is open for Tours till 11:00 a.m. Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society.

10:30 a.m. – Pie Eating contest in Washington Square sponsored by Newport This Week.

11:00 a.m. – Following the Concert the 243rd reading of the Declaration of independence will take place from the Steps of the Colony House as was done in 1776.

12:00  noon – The Artillery Company of Newport will fire a 21 Gun Salute to our nation using their original 3 and 4 pound cannons cast by Paul Revere’s Foundry.

12:00 noon – Jane Pickens Theater will be screening “1776, The Musical”.  Sponsored by Jane Pickens Theater.

Rain Contingency: Washington Square events will be held in the Jane Pickens Theater

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