Gaspee Days

Gaspee Days

May-June
The British revenue schooner Gaspee was sent to the American colonies to reinforce various British revenue laws, including the Townshend Acts of 1767. Because of these laws, colonists had to pay taxes to the British on imported goods they bought from England. As a result, smuggling was common. The colonists at Rhode Island burned the ship on June 10, 1772, in what many regard as the first act of rebellion leading up to the Revolutionary War.
Since 1966 the event has been commemorated in a festival that includes a symbolic reenactment of the burning, a fife and drum muster, and a colonial parade. There are also numerous athletic events and a gala ball. The events, which take place in both Cranston and Warwick, Rhode Island, were proclaimed part of the "Year of the Gaspee" in 1972, the bicentennial of this early stage in the struggle for independence.
See also Rhode Island Independence Day
CONTACTS:
Gaspee Days Committee
P.O. Box 1772
Warwick, RI 02888
401-781-1772
www.gaspee.com
SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 341
GdUSFest-1984, p. 166
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