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The Oldest Continuous Celebration in the US

By Linda Tancs

For 226 years, the folks of Bristol, Rhode Island have been producing a Fourth of July celebration like no other.  Perhaps the most patriotic town in America, this year’s event promises to be “a unique American experience.”  The Fourth of July Ball on 2 July at Mt. Hope Farm kicks off the grand celebrations, followed by a highlight of the festivities, the Drum and Bugle Corps Competition, on 3 July at 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Hope High School.  Now in its 22nd year, the popular competition features top drum and bugle corps from the United States and Canada.  Fireworks commence at 9:30 p.m. at Bristol Harbor on 3 July, culminating with the annual Military, Civic and Firemen’s Parade on July 4th at Hope and High streets beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Best of all, you can have your own souvenir of the event by purchasing an Official Souvenir throughout the weekend, or get a limited edition coin by downloading the order form.  When they’re gone, they’re gone.  Better order yours now!

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