You can watch fireworks in pretty much any American city on the Fourth of July, but there are only so many places you can celebrate the 238th anniversary of our patriotic rejection of British colonial rule – the Declaration of Independence – by floating trash down a river, demonstrating your prowess with a chainsaw, or just hanging with Willie Nelson. So if you’re looking for the best (and most uniquely American) ways and places to spend the Fourth this year, look no further.
America's Oldest Parade - Bristol, R.I.
This small New England town held its first Independence Day parade in 1785, and liked it so much that they've kept the tradition going every year since, making Bristol home to the nation’s oldest continuous July 4th celebration. But that much history can’t be squeezed into just one day anymore, so the modern blowout is a three-week series of events that begin on June 14, Flag Day, and culminate with the time-honored parade, fireworks, and a Fourth of July Ball.
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