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Bristol's Star-Spangled Celebration

July 04, 2022 | 3 pm
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Believe in Bristol is proud to announce the upcoming schedule forBristol’s annual Independence Day celebration.

This year’s July 4th Celebration is packed full of fun events and activities the whole family can enjoy, complete with a free Border Bash concert featuring Scythian.

Those individuals and organizations interested in participating in the Independence Day parade can submit their information HERE or by visiting the Believe in Bristol office.

“We are thrilled to be able to host the Star-Spangled Celebration for the Bristol community,” said MaggieElliott, Believe in Bristol Executive Director. “While we will not be able to have fireworks for this year’s event, due to cost and availability, we are excited to share several family friendly activities and opportunities; including free inflatables for the children to enjoy and have included an extra eating contest for the 16 and under age group.”


3:00 pm Parade Line-up on Bob Morrison Blvd

4:30 pm Bristol’s Independence Day Parade on State Street

5:30 pm Events in Cumberland Square Park

Special Recognition of all VeteransPresented by Danny Hill

Family Fun Events in the Park Including:

Free Inflatables, “Eating Contests,” and much more.

Food, Beverage, and Craft Vendors Available



Florencia and the Feeling is a pop/funk fusion band playing a mix of original music & cover songs.

This high-energy group throws a show guaranteed to inspire good feelings all around. Florencia Rusiñol is a Latin American singer-songwriter from East Tennessee. Her musical style is influenced by her Argentinian roots and her jazz-singing background, and is combined with her love of pop and funk music. Florencia’s first EP is available on all music streaming platforms. Florencia & the Feeling have spent 2021 touring the Southeast. The Feeling is the name given to the group of incredibly talented musicians assembled to play with Florencia. The name refers to the captivating & carefree energy that flows from the stage at each and every concert.

8:30 pm SCYTHIAN

Washington DC-based Scythian (sith-ee-yin) began over 12 years ago as a bunch of college buddies playing Celtic music in the streets and has grown to be a headliner on the US Celtic Festival Circuit as well as a name in the Bluegrass/Americana Festival Circuit. They found that their brand of high-energy folk music found a resonance that led The Washington Post to state: “Scythian’s enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses.”For over 12 years they have found success as an independent band and have played over 1,300 shows all over the United States, Europe, Canada and as far aways as Australia.

Founded by brothers Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka who are first-generation sons of Ukrainian immigrants, Scythian from the start has been a search and love for the "old time, good time music" of many cultures. They were inspired by a tale told by their 92-year-old grandmother of a roving fiddler who came into her farming village every six months or so. Once he was spotted, messengers were sent to all the outlying fields and mills and worked ceased; everyone gathered in the barn where they danced all night and danced their cares away. This spirit is what has motivated Scythian from its inception and their success as an independent band is due largely to their finding a resonance of soul amongst kindred spirits that span all ages and races. This spirit took them from the streets to playing for the US president on St. Patrick's Day and its the enthusiastic response they receive that has made each of their 1,300+ shows unique.

The calling card of Scythian is their ability to engage their audience no matter the venue or circumstance and truly every Scythian shows ends with people dancing, smiling and covered with sweat. This is best summed up byThe Camel-City Dispatch(Winston-Salem, North Carolina):“[Scythian gives] no quarter in their quest to entertain and bring a joy to their music that gives it an irony-free, wide open feel of manic possibility. The playing is technically brilliant, but it is the energy that carries the day."

We would like to give our sponsors for 2022 a huge thank you for helping us make this event possible for our Bristol community!Bristol’s Star Spangled Celebration & Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol and the Cities of Bristol. Our sponsors in 2022 includeTim and Kimberly Baker, Bank of Tennessee, The Bristol Hotel, Bill and Rose Marie Burriss, Citizens Bank, Anne and Ben Cowan, Robin and Margaret Feierabend, John and Brenda Fincher, Food City, Frank Goodpasture, Edward and Tina Hitt, Kil’n Time Contemporary Ceramic Studio, Middle Fork Records, New Peoples Bank, Tres and Barbara Pigg, Mike and Linda Riley, Sessions Hotel, Tom and Barbara Smith, The Southern Churn, John and Ann Tickle, Dean and Karen Tillison, Tri City Tent and Event, Earl and Peggy Wilson, Audrey Zaidi, 99.3 The X.