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Enjoy Independence Day with Bristol’s Star Spangled Community-Wide Celebration!


Believe in Bristol is proud to announce the upcoming schedule for Bristol’s annual Independence Day celebration. The event was previously hosted by both Celebrate Bristol and Believe in Bristol, but 2019 marks a change in tradition as Celebrate Bristol passes on the reins to Believe in Bristol to continue this community favorite celebration.

Celebrate Bristol formed in 2008 following the 2006 Bristol Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) in an effort to promote the Twin-Cities and encourage community pride. With Vicie Dotson, Richard Ball, and Tim Buchanan at the helm, a group of volunteers headed the event and brought fireworks back to Historic Downtown Bristol as well as a slate of family friendly events to celebrate America’s independence. Believe in Bristol is thankful for these volunteer efforts and is honored to be continuing the tradition moving forward.

THURSDAY, July 4 — Star-Spangled 4th of July

3:30 pm Parade Line-up on Bob Morrison Blvd

5:00 pm Bristol’s Independence Day Parade on State Street

6:30 pm Events in Cumberland Square Park

  • Special Recognition of all Veterans Presented by Danny Hill
  • Family Fun Events in the Park Including:
  • Free Inflatables, “Eating Contests,” and much more.
  • Food, Beverage, and Craft Vendors Available
  • Free watermelon – Sponsored by Kroger
  • Free bag of chips – Sponsored by Shearer’s

7:00 pm Great American Lions Club Rubber Duck Race

Cumberland Square Park/Beaver Creek Basin

BORDER BASH SUMMER CONCERT

7:30 pm THE CLEVERLYS

10:00 pm Fireworks in Historic Downtown Bristol near Cumberland Square Park!

We would like to give our sponsors for 2019 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 2019 include Bank of Tennessee, Birthplace of Country Music, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Herald Courier, Camellia Digital, Cascade Draft House, Coca-Cola, Dr. & Mrs. Ben Cowan, Express AV Productions, Dr. & Mrs. John Fincher, Framed, Jeff & Terri Gregory, Knoxville TVA Employee Credit Union, Kroger, Lost State Distilling, Merrill-Lynch, Anna Morgan, Dale & Joneen Sargent, Shearer’s, Tom & Barbara Smith, The Bristol Hotel, John & Ann Tickle, Tri-City Tent & Event, Turtleson, and Dr. & Mrs. Zaidi.

For more information, please visit www.believeinbristol.org.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Bristol Sessions Super Raffle


The raffle drawing will be held on September 22, 2019 from 12-4pm at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

You do not have to be present to win. You must be 18+ to purchase a ticket. Winners will be contacted directly and announced online.

All proceeds benefit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Click here for details.



Downtown Bristol Events

Touring the Galaxy w/ Ray O'Conn

July 3 | Bristol Public Library


Join Astronomer Ray O'Connor for a tour of our galaxy! All ages are welcome.

Bristol's Star Spangled 4th of July Celebration

July 4 | Downtown Bristol


Thursday, July 4th, 2019 Schedule
4:00 PM: Parade Line-up on Morrison Blvd. Download Parade Application Here.
5:00 PM: Bristol's Independence Day Parade — State Street
6:00 PM: Events in Cumberland Square Park including:

6:30 PM: Special Recognition of all Veterans
Presented by Danny Hill

Family Fun Events in the Park
Inflatables, “Eating Contests”, and much more.
Food, Beverage, and Craft Vendors Available for Purchase

Free Watermelon
Sponsored by Kroger

7:00 PM: Great American Lions Club Rubber Duck Race
Cumberland Square Park/Beaver Creek Basin

Border Bash Concert
7:30 PM: The Cleverlys

Fireworks begin at 10pm! Bring and blanket and enjoy the show!

Border Bash: The Cleverlys

July 4 | Downtown Bristol


Celebrating 20 years (!!!) in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol's premier spring/summer concert series—is back for another amazing season! Hosted by Believe in Bristol, and the Cities of Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee, Border Bash is about fun, family, great music, and creating memories to last a lifetime.

“We are always excited when it’s time for Border Bash.It is an opportunity to bring great music to our downtown and bring the community together during the summer months.Believe in Bristol is proud to have brought this event to the community for twenty years,” stated Maggie Bishop, Executive Director, Believe in Bristol.

July 4, 2019 — Cumberland Square Park
The Cleverlys!

The Cleverlys are a one-of-a-kind comedy/music blend coming from the remote part of the Ozark Mountains, near Cane Spur, Arkansas.

Digger Cleverly, along with his nephews Ricky Lloyd, Sock, DVD and Cub, make up The Cleverlys. They have traveled the globe, if the globe only consisted of the United States, performing at music venues and some of the nation’s largest festivals like Stagecoach, Telluride, CMA Music Fest, and even the Grand Ole Opry.

The New York Times wrote, “If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be the Cleverlys.”

Don’t be fooled by this faux-family band – they are all accomplished musicians putting their unique bluegrass spin on cover songs from any genre. The Cleverlys’ set list includes genius arrangements of tunes like Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” a medley of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” and Flo Rida’s “Low” that recently went viral on Facebook, with over 11 million views from a local TV appearance.


Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol and the Cities of Bristol. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2019 include Bank of Tennessee, Birthplace of Country Music, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Herald Courier, Camellia Digital, Cascade Draft House, Coca-Cola, Dr. & Mrs. Ben Cowan, Express AV Productions, Dr. & Mrs. John Fincher, Framed, Jeff & Terri Gregory, Knoxville TVA Employee Credit Union, Lost State Distilling, Merrill-Lynch, Anna Morgan, Dale & Joneen Sargent, Tom & Barbara Smith, The Bristol Hotel, John & Ann Tickle, Tri-City Tent & Event, Turtleson, and Dr. & Mrs. Zaidi.

AACA Antique Car Show — Patriotic

July 5 | Downtown Bristol


Come out to Historic Downtown Bristol on Friday, July 5th from 6 – 9pm for the AACA Antique Car Show in the HomeTrust Bank parking lot. Show you patriotism and join in on the fun!

$10 entry fee. Entitles you to vote for Top 10 vehicle awards.

"Dinner" and a Movie: The Goonies

July 5 | Downtown Center


"Dinner" & a Movie — The Goonies
Friday, July 5, 2019 | Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA

First Fridays Downtown include after hours shopping until 8 PM and extended happy hour specials from participating downtown businesses!

Free Screening of The Goonies for the First Friday of July! Free Popcorn and drink with proof of same day purchase at ANY Downtown Bristol business.

In partnership with Bristol Tennessee Parks and Recreation, Believe in Bristol will be showing The Goonies for FREE at the Downtown Center! We will also be serving popcorn and soft drinks for FREE with proof of purchase at ANY downtown business! Whether it be dinner/drinks, shopping, or an activity like billiards or the escape game, keep your receipt for popcorn and soda on us! (Combo for $1 without downtown business receipt).

Join us at sunset for a family friendly film downtown!

Deb Slaughter — Acrylic Art Display and Meet and Greet

July 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


The acrylic art of Deb Slaughter will be on display from July 4, 2019 through the end of July 2019. An artist Meet and Greet is scheduled for July 5, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Shannon Miller Trio

July 5 | Blackbird Bakery


Join us at Blackbird Bakery for the music of Shannon Miller!

Clay Paw Print Ornament

July 6 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


On Saturday, July 6th from 12 — 2 PM, we are setting up a Clay-Paw-Print-Pop-Up-Shop in our back parking lot located off of Shelby Street!

Spaces are limited so be sure to make a reservation. Click here for details.

BPL Anime Theater: Fairy Tail

July 6 | Bristol Public Library


Lucy, an aspiring magician, joins one of strongest and most infamous guilds on the continent: Fairy Tail! As Lucy continues on her path to become a full-fledged wizard, she meets Natsu, Happy, Gray, and Ezra, who quickly become her best friends and her only family.

Rated TV-14; approximate runtime is 150 minutes.

Drink + Draw

July 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Come join us here at Bloom for a night of pens, inks, beers, and easy listening. Bring your own sketchbook (and special supplies, if you need any) and let your creativity "bloom"!

Bloom will be running some specials for our artsy patrons; 1/2 off on select appetizers, as well as $1 off ALL draft beers.

Bloom will provide some pencils and pens for the evening, but please remember to bring your own sketchbook or paper!

Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski

July 7 | Boyce Cox Field


The gates at Boyce Cox Field open at 5:00 pm and the game starts at 6:00 pm!

Church Bulletin Night
Fans can receive $1 off admission with a church bulletin from today's date!

Farm & Fun Time ft. Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys and Kelsey Rae

July 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


About Chuck Mead
Chuck Mead is a Country singer with a rock ‘n’ roll heart. He’s also a renowned songwriter, producer, music director, musicologist and architect behind the rebirth of Lower Broadway and the global neo-traditional country music movement.

A Kansas native, Chuck has been at the forefront of Americana music for the better part of 25 years. Perhaps best known for co-founding the famed ‘90s alternative country quintet, BR5-49, who’s 7 albums garnered a CMA Award for Best International Touring Act and three Grammy nominations, helped build an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide.

About Kelsey Rae
Southwest Virginia native singer-songwriter Kelsey Rae Copeland calls Nashville home these days, and she’s been heard around Music City during her residency at The Nashville Palace, a spot known for featuring deep cuts of traditional country, on Broadway at Layla’s and Robert’s Western World, and on Honky Tonk Tuesday Nights at American Legion Post 82, one of the latest venues featuring traditional country music.

Her love of the mountains, Southwest Virginia, and the influences of the Carter family and Dr. Ralph Stanley stay dear and close and are heard in FORTUNE TELLER, her album of original songs that showcases a distinct voice and lyrics that speak to those inspirations and love for the sounds of the music of Patsy Cline, Connie Smith, Anita Carter and Kitty Wells. Included on the album is “Social Media,” her tribute to Dolly Parton.

Square Dance

July 13 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Back by popular demand! A Square Dance at the Museum! Join us for an evening of old-fashioned square dancing and fun! Caller Tyler Hughes will lead the evening and we’ll have lively music to get your feet moving. No partner or experience necessary – just a desire to have a great night out!

This dance is free and open to the public, though donations will be greatly appreciated! Get your dancing shoes on and spread the word! For more information, email info@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org or call 423-573-1927.*

The square dance will be held in the museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery, and we ask participants to wear sturdy, comfortable shoes (no heels please!) to protect the wooden floor.

Community Notice Board

Serendipity's 4th of July Sale

Through July 6


Major SAVINGS — Starts TODAY! Celebrate Independence day in style and take advantage of major savings at Serendipity.

To kick off the 4th of July holiday, they are starting their sale early! Now through July 6th(closed July 4th), receive 25% off your entire purchase of regularly priced,in stock merchandise.In store, there will be 4th of July specials priced at 40% off, which include select jewelry, scarves,accessories, and clothing.

Can't shop in store? No problem. Shop online and receive 25% off your ENTIRE purchase, plus free shipping. No promo code necessary, items will be discounted once you add them to your cart.

Also Coming Up

Touring the Galaxy w/ Ray O'Conn
July 3 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol's Star Spangled 4th of July Celebration
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash: The Cleverlys
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
AACA Antique Car Show — Patriotic
July 5 | Downtown Bristol
"Dinner" and a Movie: The Goonies
July 5 | Downtown Center
Deb Slaughter — Acrylic Art Display and Meet and Greet
July 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Shannon Miller Trio
July 5 | Blackbird Bakery
Clay Paw Print Ornament
July 6 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
BPL Anime Theater: Fairy Tail
July 6 | Bristol Public Library
Drink + Draw
July 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
July 7 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
July 8 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Loose Strings
July 9 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
July 10 | Boyce Cox Field
Modern Landscape Canvas Class
July 11 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
July 11 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Billy Joel/ Elton John (Tribute)
July 11 | Downtown Center
Farm & Fun Time ft. Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys and Kelsey Rae
July 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Before the Storm Bike Night!
July 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Diamonds
July 11 | Blackbird Bakery
Tie Dye Workshop
July 12 | Mercantile on State
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
July 12 | Boyce Cox Field
Movies in the Park: Captain Marval
July 12 | Anderson Park
Reckless Threat, Ghoulgasm and Porno Arcad
July 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Square Dance
July 13 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Gloom Mountain Gospel with Sean H"lt and M. Peck
July 14 | Elderbrew
State Street String Band Bluegrass
July 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Sounds of Summer: Honey Badgers
July 16 | Downtown Center
Summer Swing Canvas Class
July 18 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Country Music
July 18 | Paramount Bristol
Sounds of Summer: From the Edge
July 18 | Downtown Center
Border Bash
July 19 | Downtown Bristol
The Dimestore Cowboys w/ guest Danielle Walters
July 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Sounds of Summer: Ken Morrell Family
July 23 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Retroville
July 25 | Downtown Center
Radio Bristol Sessions ft. The McLain Family Band
July 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
USAF Band of Mid-America USAF Band of Mid-America
July 26 | Paramount Bristol
State Street String Band Bluegrass
July 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Sounds of Summer: Hollow Ground
July 30 | Downtown Center
Border Bash
August 2 | Downtown Bristol
Tab Benoit
August 2 | Paramount Bristol
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 9 | Downtown Bristol
Movies in the Park: Ant-Man & The Wasp
August 9 | Anderson Park
Get the Led Out
August 9 | Paramount Bristol
Applachian Outlaw Jamboree
August 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
RTE 23 Music Festival
August 24 | UVA Wise
Hank, Pattie, & The Current
August 24 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Railway Express
August 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Summer's End 5k Run and Back to School Youth Mile
August 31 | Anderson Park
VMFA on the Road Artmobile
September 18–22
The Black Jacket Symphony: The Eagles' "Hotel California"
October 3–4 | Paramount Bristol
Russian Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake
November 1 | Paramount Bristol
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
November 8 | Paramount Bristol
Front Country
November 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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