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