I Love a Parade

The 4th of July is marked in my book as the most wonderful time of the year. And this 4th I was lucky enough to travel home and to Bristol, RI to participate in our nation’s oldest Independence Day celebrations!

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Nance and Len really know how to keep traditions alive. From hanging bunting and sidewalk flags on High Street, to kicking off the morning with a 5 a.m. parade route chair setup and cooking up the most extravagant post-parade feast – they make it such a special day!

This year, in addition to day-of festivities, I was able to stay the long weekend and run in the Bristol Independence Day Rhode Race.

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Such an incredible course. The race started and ended along the water at Independence Park, and after a few neighborhood miles, the course continued into Colt State Park and past the Bristol marina – about ten miles of scenic coastal and park paths.

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Overall I’m very happy with how the race panned out! I ended at 1:51, which rounds to an 8:33 min/mile pace. A personal best in the half! I had plenty of energy to pick up speed in the last mile, making me think I probably could have cut out additional time during my slower miles 10 and 11. And since there were much fewer participants in this race compared to others – just over 500 – Nance and Len had an easy time spotting me at the finish line!

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After the race, we enjoyed the most delightful lunch at the Beehive Cafe. I’m all about the earthy-crunchy dining vibe, and this place did not disappoint. Adding fried chickpeas and pesto and butternut squash concoctions to an upcoming culinary experiment.

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Continuing on in the weekend, after Drew, Ana and the Gill’s arrived, we headed over to the Prudence Island Ferry dock to catch the July 3rd sunset and fireworks.

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And then it was nearly time for the parade! Ana, Aiden, Drew, Torin and I snapped a few kid photos before heading out on our obligatory parade route walk to pick up Dell’s.

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It was just perfect weather for a parade!

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And finally, I couldn’t resist snapping a photo with a Dunkin’ iced coffee before the performances ended and we turned in for a backyard supper.

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Until next year!

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Cheers!
-EmPan

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