BRISTOL, R.I. - Drive down the streets of Bristol and it's apparent something big is about to happen. Bristol boasts the oldest continuous celebration of our country's birthday, complete with a parade. Business owners along the parade route spend the days leading up to the holiday decorating the outside of their stores. The parade route runs down the middle of Hope Street. However, for business owners, this red, white and blue line leads straight to the bank.
"Actually the big day is the third of July. With all of the concerts and fireworks, the restaurant is full plus all of the people who stop in for a cocktail and then go back out the the concert too," said Jeffery Guertler, owner of Redelfsen's.
The Green River Silver Company capitalizes before the holiday by ordering special jewelry so people can dress up for the occasion.
"We have necklaces with stars and red, white, and blue jewelry. It does very well." said Maureen Trenn, owner of Green River Silver Company.
Caroline Scott plans on watching the parade outside her clothing store on Hope Street. The sign might say, "Closed," but for the right price, she is always open for business.
"Last year a woman said she would spend $200 if I opened up the store for her. I did and she spent over $200, so if any of you who are at the parade want to spend $200, I will unlock the door."
Although the stores will be closed, it could be a profitable day after all.