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 Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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