One of the wonderful traditions of the Bristol July 4th parade is the arrival each year of a U.S. Navy vessel and her crew to help mark Independence Day. Given the town's patriotic legacy as well as a history that is tied so closely to the sea, participation by the Navy is a perfect fit. Visiting ships are typically open for tours (but you have to get there by boat) and the captain, officers, and crews march in the parade to rousing cheers.
This year, we've been joined by the U.S.S. Bulkeley, an Arleigh Burke-class guide missile destroyer.