Thousands expected to attend annual Bristol 4th of July Parade
BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) — For over two centuries Rhode Islanders have gathered for the longest running Independence Day celebration in the nation.
On Monday, thousands of people are expected to attend the 237th annual Bristol Fourth of July Parade.
“We pride ourselves in saying we’re the most patriotic city or town in the United States,” said Richard Abrams, longtime Bristol resident.
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and steps off at the corner of Chestnut and Hope streets.
Chestnut and Naomi streets will be blocked off starting at 7 a.m., and Hope Street at 8 a.m.
Nearly 20 floats will be participating. Gov. Dan McKee will also be walking in the parade.
The town said there will be boosted security with local, state, and federal law enforcement present.