Bristol’s 228th Fourth of July Parade proved to be a display of community, pride and patriotism. The parade paid tribute to the past, thanks to the Patriotic Speaker, Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray, Jr., many veterans, and marching militias. The audience’s connection and willingness to go up and greet those in the procession demonstrated the sense of community that is present in the East Bay.
Despite the grueling heat, the energy of those in the procession and the crowd’s never ceasing gratitude toward government officials and veterans demonstrated the resilience of this country. As a college student in Boston, I couldn’t help but find that the parade truly embodied the qualities I saw after the marathon bombings when the city, and those connected to it, really came together as one. On this Fourth of July I was equally proud to have my roots in Rhode Island, where great things really do come from small places.