In January, Bristol was shaken by Paradegate, a weeklong standoff between residents and the organizers of the famous Bristol Fourth of July parade. A vote to shorten the parade route was overturned after public outcry, keeping the nation’s longest running Independence Day celebration just the way everyone likes it, but while the parade will go on just as it has for years, one element of the parade is leaving Bristol entirely.
The Drum and Bugle Corps Competition will be marching to Cranston on July 5 after outgrowing its longtime home at Mt. Hope High School. The new venue, Cranston Stebbins Stadium, nearly doubles Mt. Hope’s seating capacity.
“We have found a fantastic location that will benefit both show performers and spectators,” says Donna Falcoa, Fourth of July Chairperson.
This year, six performing corps will be participating, including (relatively) local groups from Boston, New London and Nashua, NH, as well as groups from Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas.
As for the rest of the Fourth of July celebration, expect to find the rest of your favorite events right where you left them last year, including fireworks from Bristol Harbor on July 3 and the parade on the morning of July 4.
Bristol Fourth of July Drum and Bugle Corps Competition
Cranston Stebbins Stadium
9 Flint Avenue, Cranston