The History of Bristol’s Fourth of July celebration

Dee DeQuattro

Established in 1785, Bristol Rhode Island hosts the oldest Fourth of July celebration in the country.

It all began when Rev. Henry Wright of the First Congregational Church and a veteran of the American Revolution conducted the first celebration to mark the United State's independence.

That celebration evolved over time and by the 1800's there was a parade. Today the Bristol Fourth of July parade is a state and national icon attracting people from all over the country to the festivities.

The celebration officially began on June 14, Flag Day and the July 4 marks the peak of the celebration with the parade.

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