For the first time since moving to Bristol, RI (most partriotic town in America -- duck!), I stayed in town for the 4th of July.
The fireworks the evening of the 3rd were very good. I have never seen that many people crowded in downtown. Or more cops. Very safe environment, nice event. It is amazing what you can do for 25-35K in fireworks these days.
The "neighborhood" fireworks are also very impressive. Much better than the ones I had as a kid. Its pretty cool to be in between two groups competing to shoot off $20-30 groups of fireworks every couple of minutes.
The parade was great. Didn't get a great view, but had a nice area under the trees along the bike path. I'd rather have shade and a cool breeze than a great view. The kids went up to the curb. Interesting to see all the major RI politicians in one (pretty darn hot) place. Of course, with tens of thousands of people and statewide TV coverage, not a bad idea.