National Rhode Island Day in The Villages FL

National Rhode Island Day

National Rhode Island Day in The Villages FL

National Rhode Island Day is celebrated on October 5th.

It honors Rhode Island and the ideals the state has upheld through the centuries, such as freedom of thought, self-governance, and religious liberty.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL RHODE ISLAND DAY

During pre-colonial times, the indigenous Narragansett occupied two-thirds of present-day Rhode Island. But in the 1600s, they welcomed Roger Williams, an exile from Massachusetts, and sold him land to establish “Providence” — a haven for those who believed in religious liberty and the separation of state and church affairs. Soon, the settlement became home to other like-minded individuals. Unfortunately, Providence wasn’t without its internal struggles and secessions, which mainly stemmed from the refusal of the religious population to acknowledge government authority over church matters. Soon, these conflicts were made worse with attempts by neighboring colonies to assert control over what they called the “Rogues Island.” Invasion, intimidation, fraud, and purchase — they tried it all.

While the Rhode Islanders were fighting for self-governance, King James II was thinking of consolidating the English colonies. So, without further ado, Rhode Island became a county of the dominion of New England, and James demanded the colonies surrender to his Royal Charter.

Rhode Island was one of the first colonies to resist British interference. It was also the first to push for a continental Congress in 1774 and do away with colonial officials who had sworn an oath of allegiance to Britain. Yet, when the American War of Independence began, Rhode Island suffered grievous losses, losing 30 men at the Battle of Rhode Island. However, General George Washington’s forces soon defeated the British.

When the first appeal to modify the first U.S. Constitution was lodged with Rhode Island officials, the state didn’t acknowledge it. Even once the Constitution was established, Rhode Island was adamant and refused to ratify the document, determined to keep its freedom. However, after much convincing, Rhode Island became the last of the Thirteen Colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution. It joined the Union in 1790.

NATIONAL RHODE ISLAND DAY ACTIVITIES

  • Visit the Ocean State
    Rhode Island should be on anyone’s travel list. Celebrate National Rhode Island Day by visiting the state for its excellent seafood, sailing sites, and colonial architecture.
  • Try the donut cake
    The donut cake is a signature Rhode Island dessert. All the goodness of doughnuts in cake form — it doesn’t get any better than this!
  • Play tennis
    Rhode Islanders’ love for lawn tennis can be traced back to the first U.S. National Championship that took place at Newport in 1881. So, if you’re a sports fan, celebrate the Ocean State by participating in a tennis game.

5 FACTS ABOUT NEWPORT THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

  1. The origin of ferry services
    Newport was the first city to operate a ferry service in the U.S.
  2. The oldest existing military unit
    The city’s military unit has been in service since 1741.
  3. Let there be light
    America’s first gas-illuminated street lights were lit on Pelham Street in 1803.
  4. Home to old houses
    Newport has more in-use colonial houses than any other city in the U.S.
  5. The first public roller-skating rink
    America’s first roller-skating rink opened in the Atlantic House — a resort in Narragansett.

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