Independence Day is only nine days away and as "America's most patriotic town," the celebration in Bristol is well underway.
The Bristol Fourth of July Committee has already staged a number of events including the and the . The is underway and continues through the weekend, the and will remain there through the 4th, and concerts at Independence Park continue nightly through the big day.
This week, the 4th of July Concert Series continue each night, beginning with the The United States Air Force Band of Liberty tonight at 7 p.m. in Independence Park, on the waterfront at Thames and Franklin streets.
The Air Force Band — consisting of 45 active duty personnel — has been performing for military and civilian audiences throughout the New England region for more than 30 years. The band performs about 400 concerts a year, and has appeared at such venues as Lincoln Center in New York City and the Hatch Shell in Boston.
The United States Air Force Band of Liberty describes itself as being "dedicated to using the power of music to inspire our Air Force members and the great nation we serve, producing innovative musical programs and products, and communicating Air Force excellence throughout New England and around the globe."
Tomorrow evening's concert features classic songs, movie themes and Broadway standards, performed by local musician Michael DiMucci. Check back with Bristol-Warren Patch tomorrow and each day this week for a preview of that night's show.
Also this week:
The Fourth of July Carnival kicks off Thursday, June 28, on Bristol Town Common, and runs through the fourth.
The Bristol Fourth of July Ball is scheduled for Friday, June 29, at , 250 Metacom Ave., beginning with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Grand March at 6:30 and dinner at 7.