Bristol to hold drive-by July 4 parade

BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE)– The oldest Fourth of July parade in the country will make history once again, with the Bristol Fourth of July Committee announcing today that a drive-by parade will be held along the traditional  parade route.

According to a statement from the committee,”Our celebration this year will be VERY DIFFERENT from years past, as we push onward to continue our longstanding traditions, we will be mindful of the executive orders to maintain our social distance and wear our masks throughout the day, and we ask the public to do the same.”

Parade chairman Charles MacDonough said the committee had worked out a plan using guidance from the state and by observing another parade held in East Providence.

MacDonough said it won’t be as large of an event as past years, and will focus more on Bristol residents.  The Bristol police and fire departments will be on hand to ensure participants and viewers are adhering to social distancing guidelines.

“We want people to enjoy themselves and follow the guidelines,” MacDonough said. “We are just trying to celebrate within our community, we certainly don’t want 100,000 people as we’ve had in years past.”

Along with celebrating the nation’s independence, the parade will look to honor and mourn the lives lost from the pandemic, the committee said in a statement.

The drive-by parade will include local dignitaries and others invited by the committee, along with light entertainment.

More information will be available soon on the committee’s Facebook page and website.

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