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

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).