PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 The Independence Cup will return this Saturday, July 4, at 5 p.m. in the Newport International Polo Series, setting the stage for a friendly 6-chukker rivalry between political foes for the celebration of the birth of our nation's independence in 1776.\nThe polo matches are one of destination Newport\u2019s\u00a0unique traditions & renown attractions, dating back to the nation\u2019s centennial summer of 1876 with the founding of America\u2019s first polo club in Newport.\nBack by popular demand this season, the Stella Artois Best Tailgate Contest will provide a perfect backdrop for patriotic themes for attendees, as the\u00a0world's #1 Belgian beer, Stella Artois toasts the most spirited Newport Polo fans each Saturday. Special guest judges scout the perimeter to find the most\u00a0festive Tailgate picnics and Pavilion Tables,\u00a0awarding a coveted prize and Jumbotron moment of fame.\u00a0\u00a0On hand to preside over the popular contest this Saturday will be guest judge\u00a0Ryan Belmore, Owner\/Publisher of WhatsUpNewp.\nColor commentary is provided by\u00a0William Crisp, arguably the most highly respected polo commentator in the world.\u00a0 The match will begin with an Official Coin Toss following the player introductions and the US National anthem, with a half-time intermission, and conclude with the\u00a0Newport Polo Fan Salute\u00a0around the perimeter, a tradition originating at the Newport International Polo Series in 2003, and now emulated at polo clubs around the world, and the\u00a0Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation\u00a0with State Representative\u00a0Terri Cortvriend, District 72 awarding the Independence Cup \u2013 Paul Revere Liberty bowl.\nUnder a State-approved plan of reduced capacity with socially-distanced tables in the Davitt Pavilion and fieldside tailgate picnic plots at the polo grounds, sold-out audiences have enjoyed the Newport International Polo Series polo matches every Saturday since Opening Day on June 6, where spectators for generations have witnessed the timeless sport unfold across an argyle-patterned emerald green at Glen Farm, home of the Polo Series for the past 28 seasons, in a classic exhibition of horsemanship and valor, with host, the\u00a0Newport Polo Club,\u00a0where the home team - Newport\/USA - meets challengers each season from around the world and as well as teams representing major US cities and regional rivals.\nSafety being a top priority, RI State approved COVID-19 safety measures are in effect at the polo grounds this season including online sales, masks required when not seated, social distancing and greatly reduced capacity.\u00a0 The full details can be found at\u00a0https:\/\/bit.ly\/2AZDTGi\nThe Polo Series is scheduled to continue for the next 13 weeks, every Saturday through September. The schedule of teams is subject to change, as per State mandates in effect at the time, on international travel and Adult Sports.\u00a0 Tickets are by online reservation only, supported by a Wait List, at\u00a0www.nptpolo.com.\nThe International Polo Grounds are located on the acreage of\u00a0Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI.\u00a0This bucolic setting is the last 100 acres of a colonial settlement from the 1600\u2019s that became the Town of Portsmouth's original gentlemen's farm, a 700-acre manorial estate established during a Gilded Age movement of retreat from the high life into pastoral country acres.\nIts classical 19th\u00a0century stone barns and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by Polo Series founder, Dan Keating in the early \u201890\u2019s and continue to thrive as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.\nMinutes from the bustling Newport waterfront, the polo grounds\u2019 proximity to the shore provides a cooling coastal effect for late afternoon polo, continuing a month-long trend of mild weather conditions in the weekend forecast.\nThe Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2020 sponsors including\u00a0Gallo|Thomas Insurance,\u00a0Davitt,\u00a0Boston Common,\u00a0Hotel Viking,\u00a0The Chanler,\u00a0The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina,\u00a0Vanderbilt International Properties,\u00a0Veuve Clicquot,\u00a0Clarke Cooke House,\u00a0Stella Artois,\u00a0ROCKSTAR Limo,\u00a0Atria Senior Living,\u00a0Goslings,\u00a0McGrath Clambakes and Catering, and promotional partners including\u00a0The Cocktail Guru,\u00a0Newport Jaguar Tours,\u00a0Newport Helicopter Tours,\u00a0America's Cup Charters,\u00a0International Tennis Hall of Fame,\u00a0Newport Mansions,\u00a0Island Surf and Sport,\u00a0Newport Sport Fishing Charters,\u00a0Providence River Boat Company, and\u00a0Newport Harbor Guide.\u00a0 Special thanks to Schultz Marketing Partnerships,\u00a0Van Liew Trust,\u00a0Tanglewood, and\u00a0WCRI Classical Rhode Island.\u00a0 \u201cOur sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is,\u201d explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder.\nFor specific details about the players, concessions & amenities for this match, plus venue information\u00a0and other details, sign up to receive the Game Day Briefing on Saturday, by private subscription (sign up).\u00a0\u00a0Stay current with all 2020 season announcements, latest news & event invitations, and more by subscription to our monthly\u00a0eMagazine (sign up).\u00a0 Both subscriptions are private and spam-free.\nRAIN DATE:\u00a0If a regularly scheduled match is canceled prior to its start (due to weather\/field conditions), the match will be postponed to the following day, Sunday at the same time.\u00a0 All original polo match tickets & seating reservations will be transferred to the rain date.\u00a0 For more details on our ticket policies, please follow this\u00a0link.\u00a0 Attendees are advised to come prepared for all weather conditions, as shelter is limited.\u00a0 In inclement weather, always check the Match Status recording on our\u00a0Info Hotline (401) 846-0200 x2\u00a0and for Alerts published on our website, both of which are updated with any status change for the impending match.\nThis is the 29th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from 34 nations including,\u00a0Ireland, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, Morocco, Peru, and Poland.\nPolo, since 600 b.c.\u00a0\u00a0Polo is, without doubt the oldest ball game in the world today. First recorded in the 6th century b.c. when the Turkomans beat the Persians in a diplomatic tournament, the alluring game caught on with equestrian royalty and cavalry, and took off with globalization, withstanding the tests of time. By the time Polo arrived on Newport\u2019s shores during the Gilded Age, the sport was nearly 2500 years steeped in tradition, captivating newcomers like Newport's summer sporting set who embraced the new pastime, establishing America's first polo club in 1876.\u00a0 A charter member of the\u00a0United States Polo\u00a0Association\u00a0the club today is still a trailblazing model polo club, hosting the Newport International Polo Series\u00a0public exhibition matches, supporting philanthropic causes, organizing USPA tournaments, polo club member services and polo instruction year-round. Experience the king of games in its American landing at Newport Polo.