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In the least traditional of years, Bristol held to its time-honored tradition of honoring America's Independence Day in grand style. The Fourth of July Parade was earlier, shorter and quicker than in … more
Yes, Bristol is having a parade on July 4. It will be smaller, quicker and earlier than anyone has seen in decades, but there will be a parade. Here's some of what you need to know if you're … more
People began to gather around 9:30 on Friday morning in Independence Park for the raising of a flag in honor of first-responders, an event sanctioned by the Bristol Town Council following a 4-1 vote … more
As has been the case in surrounding towns, fireworks are a frequent complaint from residents in Bristol. Following are excerpts from the Bristol police log of June 22 to 29. Monday, June … more
Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Phase 3 guidance was released on Tuesday, allowing museums, along with movie theaters and bowling alleys, to reopen, within parameters. For some local museums, it’s … more
Minutes after approving a controversial request to fly a first-responders flag for two weeks over Independence Park, the Bristol Town Council voted unanimously to approve a newly-devised flag policy … more
The Bristol Fourth of July Interfaith Service takes place at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 3. The Interfaith Service brings together the clergy from Bristol’s houses of worship in a patriotic, … more
The group that will be raising a first-responders flag over Independence Park in Bristol on Friday morning will not be marching or holding a rally.  Though their initial plan, as announced last … more
It has been nearly three years since High Street resident Richard V. Simpson died on July 4, 2017, while preparing to participate in the Fourth of July Parade. Always one of his favorite days of the … more
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on July 4, the traditional (but totally different this year) Bristol Fourth of July Parade will step off — scratch that — it willl roll out from the corner of Hope … more
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