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4th of July in Newport or Bristol?

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4th of July in Newport or Bristol?

Hello, we would love to spend a couple days in the Newport area. For the 4th, where do you advise staying and seeing fireworks? We hope to see the Bristol parade and then aren't sure what to do. I hope to spend a little time at a beach. We would love suggestions. We don't have lodging yet so may be out of luck.

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1. Re: 4th of July in Newport or Bristol?

If you can find a room in Middletown, that is where the beaches are. Since a lot of the bands in the parade are from out of state, hotel rooms near Bristol tend to be booked solid. You could try for a room in Warwick, which is a reasonable drive to the parade (45 minutes) and to RI's southern beaches (Narragansett, South Kingstown, etc), about 45 minutes. There is a Towne Place Suites in North Kingstown that is about a 20 minute drive to Newport, 50 minutes to the parade.

If going to the parade bring chairs. The parade is long and you won't enjoy it standing up. Plan to arrive at least an hour before it starts. People actually start arriving for the parade starting at 6am to stake out a good spot. Parking is quite a long walk from the parade route, so wear shoes that are comfortable for walking.

I hope it works out for you!

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