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Gaspee Days: A Celebration of America's First Blow for Freedom

In June of 1772 brave colonists from Rhode Island burned the British revenue schooner, HMS Gaspee, during what has become recognized as the first bloodshed of the American Revolution. Each year, the village of Pawtuxet, RI, commemorates this act with the annual Gaspee Days Celebration, designed to celebrate the burning of the hated British revenue schooner, HMS Gaspee, by Rhode Island patriots in 1772 as America’s First Blow for Freedom.