Independence Day is the national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the 4th of July has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States independence. The first Independence Day celebration took place the following year - July 4 1777. By the early 1800s the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were established as the way to celebrate America's birthday.
Bristol has carried on this tradition for decades. Our celebration includes our famous outhouse race, parade, fireworks and much, much more. We try to put together a two day celebration that has something for everyone. Please look around our site to see what’s going on this year and we hope to see you in Bristol for the 4th of July.
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