Independence Day Resources
Independe Day is civil holiday for the celebration of the anniversary of the beginnings of national independencespecifically
July 4 observed as a legal holiday in the U.S. in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776
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A small town in the smallest state is home to the oldest Fourth of July celebration.
On July 4th 1777 citizens in Bristol (population 22,000) in the state of Rhode Island (population 1 million), fired 13 canon-shots representing the 13 states of the original United States. In 1785 the first parade was organized and every year since then Bristol has remembered Independence Day.
The Bristol Fourth of July Celebration involves the whole town. There is something for everyone, including a colorful parade, a Miss Fourth of July contest (and Little Miss for girls between 7 and 10), there is even a visit by a US Navy ship to Bristol harbor, and 13 shots are still fired from a canon.
In addition to these traditional celebrations there are also some modern events, such as a photography contest, a lottery, and a drum and bugle contest, and many official souvenirs can be bought. It is the combination of the traditional and modern that attracts so many visitors to the small town of Bristol for this famous Independence Day celebration.
- What’s the small town that is the home of the fourth of July?
- What does the 13 canon-shots represent?
- What are two traditional activities that take place in Bristol?
- What are some modern activities that take place in the Bristol?