While the Fourth of July will be celebrated in villages, towns and cities across America, you’ll need to travel to Rhode Island to join in the nation’s oldest festivities.
Bristol, a waterfront community of 23,000 people, began an annual tradition in 1785, less than two years after the end of the Revolutionary War.
What started as “patriotic exercises” organized by Henry Wight, a local minister and veteran, have boomed over the last 232 years.
The fireworks show is reflected in Bristol Bay. (David Cruz)The schedule