Bristol community celebrates Flag Day

"Flag day is a sense of pride for this country, along with the Fourth of July parade, being the oldest Fourth of July Parade in the country- it's something to celebrate," Chief Marshal Mike Januario said. 

BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE)- The Town of Bristol kicked off their annual Flag Day celebration Monday night.

The holiday is in remembrance of the day the United States approved the design for the nation’s first national flag.

‘Americas Most Patriotic Town’ rang in the its 236th celebration, just weeks ahead of Bristol’s annual Fourth of July Parade.

“All of the festivities start today,” Chief Marshal Steve Januario told ABC6.

Neighbors, city officials, police officers, students and veterans filed into the Bristol Maritime Welcome Center to celebrate the occasion, after it was cancelled last year due to COVID-19.

“Flag day is a sense of pride for this country, along with the Fourth of July parade, being the oldest Fourth of July Parade in the country- it’s something to celebrate,” Chief Marshal Mike Januario said.

Everyone in attendance took part in the patriotic celebration, overjoyed with pride and excitement. The town currently holds America’s longest running Fourth of July celebration in history.

Beaming with pride, the three Chief Marshals honored local veterans for their sacrifices.

Additionally, due to the pandemic, funds that would typically go towards receptions and other pre-Fourth events will be donated to a handful of local charities.

The 2021 Bristol Fourth of July Parade is scheduled for Monday July 5.

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