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Bristol watches forecast for 229th 4th of July celebration

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Organizers of the nation's oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration are watching the weather forecast.

The town of Bristol will celebrate Independence Day with its annual parade on Friday. It's one of Rhode Island's most important summer traditions.

A tropical storm is headed up the coast, and weather forecasters say rain is likely that day, and possibly thunderstorms.

Ray Lavey is the general chairman of the town's Fourth of July committee. He says he doesn't know of any year when the parade has been canceled. But he says safety issues such as lightning or flooding could prompt the police chief and town administrator to cancel it.         

The celebration began in 1785 and is now marking its 229th year.

The 2.5-mile parade draws around 100,000 people to town.

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