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Old 07-02-2009, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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BRISTOL, R.I. In July 1785, the citizens of this waterfront town assembled to heap praise on their newly minted nation and to thank God for helping them survive a fierce assault by the British during the Revolutionary War.

In July 1892, lawyer Orrin Bosworth preached that the townsfolk should be accepting of the immigrants arriving en masse: "America has no cause to fear the lover of freedom, be he American or foreign born."

RI town boasts USA's longest-running July 4th fest - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090702/ap_on_re_us/us_oldest_july4_celebration - broken link)
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