Rhode Island Gaspee Days
Every year from early May through mid-June in the cities of Warwick and Cranston, RI we celebrate Gaspee Days. This is the 50th anniversary year of Gaspee Days.
Some Rhode Islander's are unsure of what Gaspee Day is. Here is a brief explanation of of why every June we reenact Gaspee Day and set fire to a boat in Narragansett Bay.
The HMS Gaspee was a British vessel sent by England's King George III in 1772 to enforce maritime trade laws and prevent smuggling in Rhode Island waters. Needless to say they did not make any friends here in the colonies.
During our celebrations of Gaspee Day there are a lot of fun events to participate in.
The culmination of the month long celebration is the burning of the HMS Gaspee on June 14th.
If you live in RI and you've never been to a Gaspee Day celebration I suggest you attend at least one of the many events offered. If you are planning a visit to my lovely state June would be a great time to do just that.
You too can celebrate Rhode Island Gaspee Days.