America's Best July 4th Parades

By Lauren Viera - 2013-07-04T09:11:58Z

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Bristol, Rhode Island

Bristol is home to the oldest 4th of July celebration in the country, dating back to 1785, when a reverend of the First Congregational Church conducted the initial pomp and circumstances. Each year, America’s birthday celebration starts early—on Flag Day (June 14)—and concludes with a 2.5-mile parade on the 4th of July.

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