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Newport French Weekend returns to Washington Square this weekend

By meerna Jul10,2024
Newport French Weekend returns to Washington Square this weekend

The Newport Historical Society’s French in Newport event—a weekend of living history featuring historical reenactments, exhibits, and free family entertainment—will return to Washington Square on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14.

Visitors can learn about the role of French soldiers and sailors who fought for American independence, as well as take part in educational activities such as flute and drummers, tea tasting, silhouette painting, and more.

The Newport Historical Society announced in a press release that visitors can be the first to see a new special exhibit, “Fete Lafayette: A French Hero’s Tour of the American Republic,” presented by the American Revolution Institute of the Society of Cincinnati, telling the story of the Marquis de Lafayette’s time in America.

The Newport Historical Society, in partnership with the National Park Service, hosts the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail, free activities.

“More than 12,000 French soldiers and sailors became an important part of the Newport community as our nation fought for independence,” said Rebecca Bertrand, executive director of the Newport Historical Society. “Our French in Newport Weekend will transport guests back to 1780 to experience a day in the revolutionary lives of these French soldiers in the City by the Sea. Join us to learn local history, celebrate French culture and enjoy beautiful Newport in the summer.”

WHAT: French in Newport 2024

WHERE: Washington Square

Newport, Rhode Island

WHEN: July 13 and 14, 2024

Full schedule of events

Saturday, July 13

9:00 – Rochambeau Memorial Ceremony, hosted by Alliance Française of Newport | King Park, 125 Wellington Ave

11:00 – Meeting with the Marquis de Lafayette | Washington Square

11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 | Middlesex County Fife and Drum Corps Fife Concerts

13:00 – Rochambeau’s Proclamation | Washington Square

14:00 – Interview with the Marquis de Lafayette | Colonial House

14:30 – Wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of fallen French officers. Presentation: Le Souvenir Français | Trinity Church Cemetery, 141 Spring Street

15:00 – Ceremony commemorating the Franco-American Alliance In cooperation with Alliance Française | Colonial House

Current activities

Learn about the French military, woodworking and cider making demonstrations, colonial tea tastings, and silhouette portraits | Washington Square

Sunday, July 14th

11:00 – Rochambeau mobilizes troops | Washington Square

13:00 – Interview with Rochambeau| Colonial House

14:00 – Officer’s Equipment: French Military Costume | Washington Square

15:00 – Rochambeau says goodbye | Washington Squareto me

Current activities

Painting, cider making and woodworking demonstrations, meeting the French military, colonial tea tasting, creating silhouette portraits (family friendly icon)

Washington Square

To learn more about French in Newport, visit

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