Just when we thought the nation's oldest Fourth of July celebration was going to be cancelled, we hear that it will be happening this year after all. Although it will look a little different than it normally does. People won't be marching in the Bristol 4th of July Parade, they'll be driving in cars instead.
The CDC approved the plan, and said it could go on as long as everyone follows state guidelines and observes social distancing, wears masks, etc. With pretty much every other town celebration cancelled, you can bet the parade will be crowded, so keeping everyone 6 feet apart will be a challenge.
Parade Committee Chair Michele Martins told NBC 10, "This year, true patriotism is not marching bands and fireworks. That's not what it's about. We really scaled it back to have a lot of meaning and I think it's going to be a very meaningful celebration." Word is the parade will feature light entertainment.
This year marks the 235th year of the Bristol parade. It started way back when the country was young in 1785, and Martins said it has only been cancelled once in 1881.
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