2018-06-28 / Around Town

WASHINGTON SQUARE 4th of JULY FESTIVITIES

9 a.m. Artillery Company of Newport marches to the gravesite of William Ellery, signer of the Declaration of Independence

9:30 a.m. Common Burial Ground Gravesite Tribute to William Ellery

9:45 a.m. Bike Parade from Liberty Tree, Ellery Park to Washington Square

10 a.m. Newport Community Band Patriotic Concert – Outside, Washington Square

10:30 a.m. Pie Eating Contest, beneath Oliver Hazard Perry statue

11 a.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Colony House steps

Noon Artillery Company of Newport Cannon Salute and Ringing of the Bells of Independence

12:30 p.m. Free screening of “1776 the Musical” at the Jane Pickens Theater



Equality Park, “On this old common the boats of H.M.S. Liberty were burned on July 19, 1769 by the citizens of Newport, who had previously fired upon and destroyed the sloop. This was the First Overt Act of violence to Great Britain in America. Erected July 19, 1949 by the Sons of the Revolution.” Equality Park, “On this old common the boats of H.M.S. Liberty were burned on July 19, 1769 by the citizens of Newport, who had previously fired upon and destroyed the sloop. This was the First Overt Act of violence to Great Britain in America. Erected July 19, 1949 by the Sons of the Revolution.”

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