Mount Hope Bridge lit up with red, white and blue necklace lights. Photo via RITBA

Motorists traveling over the Mount Hope Bridge this holiday evening will enjoy the sights of red, white and blue necklace lights illuminating the bridge.

In honor of the Fourth of July, The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) says they have installed the necklace lights that will temporarily light up the bridge for the holiday celebrations. In addition to the patriotic lights, the American flag is suspended from the north tower of the Bridge, as it has been for the Fourth of July since 2017. 

The patriotic lights and American flag will be present in the heart of the historic Independence Day celebration hosted in Bristol, Rhode Island each year. This celebration is the oldest celebration of Independence Day in the nation. 

Travelers driving over the bridges will now be able to witness the prominent display as a stunning exhibit of patriotism, spirit, and local history. To plan your travel during the holiday and access real-time traffic, visit RITBA’s site at

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

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