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Bristol's 237th 4th of July Celebration a crowd-pleasing success

Multiple tens of thousands of people packed into downtown Bristol on Monday morning to witness the 237th 4th of July Celebration, and were rewarded with weather and an atmosphere that was described by organizers as better than ideal.
Photos: Bristol Parade 2022
Enjoy photos from the 237th Bristol 4th of July Parade. Read More
Patriotic Speaker posits why Bristol celebrates the 4th like no other town
As they have for nearly 240 years now, the Patriotic Exercises kicked off the 4th of July festivities on Monday. Under brilliant blue … Read More
What was that boat on stilts doing?
PORTSMOUTH — The curious-looking water vessel that turned some heads during its stay in the Sakonnet River a couple of weeks ago was … Read More
Portsmouth Police charge Cranston man with domestic assault
PORTSMOUTH — A Cranston man was arrested last week and charged with domestic assault upon a 33-year-old Portsmouth woman, according … Read More
Bristol saying goodbye to Town Treasurer
Julie Goucher, Bristol's Treasurer and Finance Director, is moving on. Read More
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Check it out – The 2022 Bristol Fourth Parade Order of March

Follow along on parade day in Bristol, home of the oldest, continuous Fourth of July celebration in the nation.

Fireworks will light up the East Bay sky this holiday weekend

There are four planned fireworks shows taking place this Sunday and Monday, July 3 and 4, in the East Bay region. Bristol The Bristol Fourth of July Fireworks Display is scheduled for Sunday, …

Three nights left in Bristol Fourth concert series

There are three nights left in the Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series, which ends Saturday, July 2. Taking the stage will be a beloved local rock band that's been taking stages for decades, a …
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Obituaries
Paul D'Amico Paul A. D'Amico Sr, LtC Army Retired Paul A D'Amico Sr, 85, passed away on July 3, 2022. He was the loving husband of Ann C. D'Amico (née Calderiso) for almost 63 years. A long time resident of
George Crowther George J. Crowther (77) passed away peacefully at Village House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Newport, RI on July 1, 2022, after a long illness. He was born to George and Evelyn (Gagnon) Crowth
Joseph Rioux Sr. Joseph D. "Huggy Bear" Rioux Sr., 46, of Warren, went home to be with the Lord, our Heavenly Father, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the Miriam Hospital, Providence from necrotizing fasciitis. He was
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Sports
DeWolf, Towers fuel Bristol-Warren all-stars to back to back wins The Bristol-Warren Little League 12U all-stars shut out Newport 5-0 at Bristol Memorial field on Saturday and crushed Pawtucket 15-3 on the road on Sunday to earn a winner’s bracket …
Tunnelmen defeat Grays in annual vintage ball game Throwback baseball from a bygone era took its turn last Saturday on the Bristol Town Common under sunlit skies and windy conditions. In the end, the visiting Lisbon Tunnelmen of Connecticut …
East Bay team wins lacrosse state championship Three East Bay Lacrosse teams made it to the state championship finals games held at URI last weekend.  The East Bay Girls Grades 7/8 Division I team played a hard-fought game and lost to …
Post 10 Seniors start 2022 Legion Baseball slate EAST PROVIDENCE — The ATC (Athletes Turn Champion) Training Facility/Riverside Post 10 Senior Division club opened up its 2022 Rhode Island American Legion Baseball League season last week a …
Opinion
Letter: From the Bristol Parade Chairman, thank you for everything

To the editor:I would like to send a special thank you to the Town officials of Bristol, Bristol Police Department, Bristol Fire Department, Department of Public Works and paramedics for assisting …

Letter: Take a moment to appreciate our community

To the editor:The 237th Fourth of July celebration has come to a close here in Bristol and the longest continuous run remains a part of our history.  But too often we take things for granted. We …

Letter: Thank you, everyone, for another great Fourth

To the editor:Well, we just completed another year, 237 celebrations under our collective belt, and we are already looking at number 238. What are we going to do to make it better, last longer (in …

Letter: Oversight lacking on Robin Rug development plan

To the editor:The Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on next Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. to consider changing zoning laws for Brady Sullivan Properties, LLC at Robin Rug.Please join me in …

Letter: Thank you, Bristol, from the USS Milwaukee

To the editor:I just want to say thank you again for the great visit. The parade was 2.5 miles of patriotism and Thank Yous. The crew really enjoyed themselves in your lovely town.The citizens of …

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