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Getting ready for Bristol 4th of July celebration

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 By: Alexandra Cowley 

We're just days away from the 229th 4th of July Celebration when thousands of people descend on Bristol. It is certainly an exciting day packed with floats, bands, and crowds of people. If you plan on making your way to Bristol to be a part of the celebration there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind.

The finishing touches are being put on Bristol. From the perfectly manicured lawns, to the streets covered in American flags. The 4th is the biggest party of the year.

"Things are starting to get a little nutty, getting ready for the 4th, I mean it's Bristol," laughed Tony Teixeira. 

Tony Teixeira is an expert when it comes to the 4th of July in Bristol. He was Chief Marshal in 2012 and now town administrator.

Teixeira said, "Don't be afraid to come into Bristol, it is a safe town, we've been doing it for 229 years. Things have gone well, we've got all the security measures in place to assure that everyone is safe. That's the first thing, second I would suggest that they come early."

The town will be swarming with parade goers on Friday. Teixeira suggests getting to Bristol by at least 7:30 in the morning. The roads along the parade route, Hope and High streets, will be closed off the night before. Many of the surrounding streets will be closed off the Morning of the 4th, at ot before 8 am. Refer to the parade map which shows those roads with a red and white dotted line.

For parking, Teixeira says, "You have the Seabra lot, a couple of locations have some large lots around town. I would suggest that they look for those. Many times they have a shuttle service, or take your bike and ride your bike in."

There's a large lot at Hope and Gooding, but avoid Mt. Hope High School where the parade floats are lining up. You cannot set up blankets or chairs before five A.M.  Teixeira says coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. Pets are not allowed.

If you can't make it out, no worries. ABC 6 will be in the center of it all on the corner of Hope and Church Streets bringing you the sights and sounds of the 4th of July celebration.

Most of all Teixeira says this is a family event and everyone will feel right at home on Hope Street.

"My family will be out in full force and so that speaks volumes as to what we have done to ensure that things will be safe," said Teixeira. 

There will be 42 agencies monitoring security. Local, State and the FBI. Teixeira says they'll have security on the ground, in the air, and on the water.

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