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July 4

*CANCELLED—Guided Walk on Neutaconkanut Hill, Providence

*235th Bristol Civic, Military, and Fireman's Parade, Bristol

*Fourth of July Parade Picnic, Bristol

*9th Annual Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Tiverton

*CANCELLED—Annual Independence Day Rhode Island Red Chick Hatch, Narragansett

July 8

*Hermit Crab Races, Misquamicut, Westerly

July 9

*Concert Under the Elms, Providence

*Newport Gallery Night, Newport

July 10

*Guided Sculpture and Gardens Tour, Bristol

June 11

*Taste of the Bay, Providence

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July 4th in Rhode Island history*

1636

*Providence, named by Roger Williams "in gratitude to his supreme deliverer," is founded. [It comprises the entire area that will later be known as Providence County].

1639

*Newport is founded.

1642

*Warwick is founded by Samuel Gorton through the Shawhomett (Shawomet) Purchase.

1776

*The Declaration of Independence, by which the thirteen American colonies declared themselves independent sovereign states, is approved by the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia.

1788

*An ox is roasted on Federal Plain in celebration of the the Fourth of July and the adoption of the United States Constitution by a nine-state majority. By agreement the toast of the occasion is to "The Day."

1797

*George R. Burrill, a Providence lawyer, urges the adoption of a Constitution for Rhode Island.

1826

*Thomas Jefferson dies at the age of 83. Jefferson visited Rhode Island twice, once in June 1784 as Minister Plenipotentiary for Negotiating Treaties of Amity and Commerce, and once in August 1790 as United States Secretary of State.

1833

*Rhode Island's first public anti-slavery meeting takes place in Providence.

1887

*A statue of General Ambrose E. Burnside is dedicated in Providence.

1906

*The first issue of the Providence Morning Tribune is published.

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