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July 1

*Lobster Boil and Sunset Sail, Goat Island, Newport

*Wednesday Walk-Around: A Guided Tour of Blithewold, Bristol

*Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit, Cranston

*Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

*Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

July 2

*Concert Under the Elms, Providence

July 3

*Bristol 4th of July Fireworks Display, Bristol

*3rd of July Celebration on the HMM Waterfront, Bristol

*Block Island Fireworks, Block Island

*Public Clambake, Middletown

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July 1st in Rhode Island history

1819

*Jemima Wilkinson, the first American woman to found a new religion, the Universal Friends, dies near Penn Yan, New York.

1892

*A portion of Cranston is reunited with Providence, from which it was taken in 1754.

1919

*Women begin registering as voters for Presidential Electors for the first time, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 1507 of the Public Laws, January Session, 1917.

1947

*The State Sales and Use tax law becomes operative, with a 1% tax on purchases from 25 cents to $1.39 and an additional penny tax on each additional dollar.

1950

*A new $250,000 airport officially opens on Block Island.

1975

*Rhode Island becomes the first state in the United States to offer its senior citizens free bus rides from 10am to 3pm daily.

1976

*100,000 spectators in Newport witness the Tall Ships cruise to sea, climaxing a six-day gala unprecedented in Rhode Island history.

1984

*Rosa Parks, the black woman who 29 years earlier helped kick off the Civil Rights movement when she boarded a bus in Alabama and refused to give up her seat to a white man, rides a bus through South Providence in an effort to help the community overcome its blight.

1986

*The Tall Ships sail out of Newport with an estimated crowd of 250,000 looking on. The Sloop Providence leads the Parade of Sail.

1996

*The Hopkinton town government, except for the clerk's office and police department, shuts down after residents refuse to approve the 1996-97 budget.

2007

*Today, for the first time in fifty-one years, Rhode Island auto dealers are legally allowed to open for business on a Sunday. In June lawmakers overturned a 1956 law that banned auto sales on the Sabbath.

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