Downtown Bristol Events
July 3 | Bristol Public Library
Join Astronomer Ray O'Connor for a tour of our galaxy! All ages are welcome.
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
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!
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 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.
July 5 | Downtown Bristol
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.
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.
July 5 | Downtown Center
"Dinner" & a Movie — The Goonies
July 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
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!
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.
July 5 | Blackbird Bakery
Join us at Blackbird Bakery for the music of Shannon Miller!
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.
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.
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!
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
July 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Fans can receive $1 off admission with a church bulletin from today's date!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.