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Bristol, which claims to be the most patriotic town in America, may very well be so. The first 4th of July celebration was held there, in 1785! This fervor continues today in the three-week Celebration which culminates in the gala Parade on Independence Day which is watched by over 200,000 enthusiastic people.

Throughout Bristol's existance, sailing and shipbuilding have played an important role in life since the 17th century. This tradition continues today, with some of the best commercial and recreational boat manufacturers in the world located in Bristol. Bristol also is home to Herreshoff Marine Museum.

Bristol is located in Bristol County, of which it is the county seat, 12 miles southeast of Providence between Island Park and Warren along Highway 114 near Colt State Park and Roger Williams College. Bristol is port and longtime center for boatbuilding.

Bristol is part of the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area.

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01/30 Coming to The area
Hebron Maple Festival Hebron CT March16-17 Each year thousands of people come from miles around to enjoy and experience the weekend of maple related events.
Seacoast Home and Garden Show Durham NH March23-24 The 19th annual show features more than 225 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services for your home.
7th Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival Providence RI April20 Your Beer Festival Admission Ticket will allow you UNLIMITED SAMPLING of more than 250 brewers, live music, food and MUCH MORE at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
New England Folk Festival Mansfield MA April19-21 A fabulous blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from many lands.
Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival Vernon CT April27 The festival, started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association, as a program ""to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut"", has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival by providing exhibits, demonstrations and over 60 vendors from the sheep, wool and fiber arena.
Spring Plant Sale Westford NH April27 The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Spring Plant Sale at the 4H Fairgrounds.