via Rhode Island Society Sons of The Revolution

For over 100 years, The Rhode Island Society Sons Of The Revolution have hosted Newport’s Independence Day Celebration, and there is not a more patriotic place to celebrate America’s birthday than in Newport’s Historic District. The Declaration of Independence was first read to the citizens of Rhode Island from the steps of the Colony House in Newport.  Each 4th of July the event is recreated in celebration with music and cannons. Join us for this celebration on the 4th of July.

Events are free and include:

  • 10:00 am to 11:00 am, the Newport Historical Society will open for visitors the Old Colony House, the fourth oldest State House in America
  • From 10:30 am to 11:00 am, the Bristol County Fifes and Drums will march to Eisenhower Park and there perform a concert of historic and modern fife and drum tunes.
  • 11:00 am the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel Roy Lauth of the Rhode Island Society Sons of the Revolution. He will read from the steps of the Colony House, where a 19-year-old Newport native, John Handy, first read the Declaration to the Colony on July 22, 1776.
  • Following the reading, the Artillery Company of Newport will fire a 21 Gun Salute to the Nation, using the four cannons purchased from Paul Revere in 1798 by the new state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

The Colony House was the seat of the colonial government in Rhode Island. Here on May 6, 1776, Rhode Island declared it no longer owed allegiance to the British crown.  The Continental Congress’s Declaration of Independence was first read from the front steps of on July 22, 1776. 

Washington Square, called “The Parade” in colonial times, will be the site of the 21-gun Salute to the Nation by the Newport Artillery Company, the country’s oldest military organization, chartered in 1741. 

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).