Growing up, the town next to ours hosted the oldest 4th of July parade in the nation. It still does.
The roads in Bristol, RI, are marked not with yellow dividing lines but red-white-and-blue stripes. Houses are festooned with flags, banners, lights ... you name it. Parade-watchers arrive before dawn to set up their chairs along the route. There's even a giant, independence-themed Mr. Potato Head.
Bristol often feels like the HQ for Patriotism. The way "patriotism" is expressed has varied over the years. Patriotic feelings also vary with generations.
Here are Four Fast Facts Inspired by the "Fabulous Fourth."