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Bristol Delegation Participates in Gaspee Days Parade, Collaborates to Promote RI 250th Celebration

WARWICK, RI-On Saturday, June 11th, 2022, a contingent from the Town of Bristol’s local government journeyed to the West Bay to participate in the 57th Annual Gaspee Days Parade and help kick off the State’s 250th Celebration promotional efforts.

Titled the Hands Across the Water collaboration, Town of Bristol representatives participated in the Gaspee Days Parade alongside Rhode Island Semiquincentennial Commission members.

Bristol’s involvement in this year’s Gaspee Days Parade was particularly important. In 1772, one of the rowboats that took part in the burning of the HMS Gaspee departed from Bristol waters. This year marked the 250th anniversary of that historical event.

“The State of Rhode Island has a rich, interconnected history,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. “The Town of Bristol saw this trip as a great opportunity to network and build connections that will be needed for the planning of the State’s 250th celebration.”

Over the next four years, The Town of Bristol plans to join forces with other entities to stimulate the local economy through civic engagement and tourism opportunities in commemoration of the State’s upcoming semiquincentennial celebration.

Bristol representatives in attendance at the Gaspee Days Parade included Town Administrator Steven Contente, Town Council Chairman Nathan Calouro, Director of Economic Development and Communications Chris Vitale, and Director of Community Development Diane Williamson.

The Town of Bristol would like to extend a special thank you to the Bristol County Fifes & Drums, who provided the Town with its attire for the event.

About the Gaspee Days

Gaspee Days is an annual celebration that commemorates the burning of the HMS Gaspee, which has become recognized as the first act of uprising against the British in the American Revolution.

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About the RI 250th Commission

“The mission of the RI250 Commission is to commemorate the 250th anniversary of events throughout history which influenced the ideals of freedom, equality, and independence in our country. Our purpose is to highlight and acknowledge the significant role Rhode Island has played in the formation of our nation as one of the original 13 colonies. Rhode Islanders will explore the intersection of all people who have impacted that history through coordinated events and curriculum that recognizes the many people who have inhabited these lands.”

More information on the RI 250th Commission can be found at: