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4th of July Parade, Bristol, R.I.
Thames Waterside Bar and Grill, Thames St., Bristol, R.I.
Bristol 4th of July Parade, Hope St., Bristol, R.I.

Enjoy the Oldest Independence Day Parade on the 4th of July in Bristol, Rhode Island

Bristol is the place to be on the 4th of July if you love a parade. The town of Bristol prides itself on having the oldest Independence Day parade in America. And it is not just one day of celebrating. The festivities go on from Flag Day (June 14th) to the 4th of July. The 2 1/2 mile, approximately 2 hour parade begins in downtown Bristol on the 4th of July and winds its way through the town. Live music the night before at downtown Independence Park ends with fireworks over Bristol Harbor on July 3rd. For kids, there is the Rockwell Amusements (More)

Head of East Bay Bike Path at Independence Park, Bristol, R.I.
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Garden Tours and Afternoon Tea

Get in the mood for the planting season. Spring is here! A garden tour can lift your spirits and chase away the doldrums even in the rain! Check these Scenic Shopping towns for garden tours and afternoon tea. There are often Mother's Day tea servings at museums, historic houses and inns. Many afternoon tea's require reservations so call ahead. Garden tours may be subject to change due to weather. Call to check hours.

Afternoon Tea at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, R.I.
Dunbar House Restaurant and Tea Room, Water St., Sandwich, Mass.
Curious George Store, JFK Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass.

Keeping Toys Local in Scenic Shopping Towns

Shopping for toys in a small shop is fun for young and old alike with personalized service, creative displays and innovative toys, games and puzzles. (More)