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June 26

*Blackstone River Boat Tours, Central Falls

*New England Quahog Festival, North Kingstown

*Federal Hill Culinary and History Tour, Providence

*The Hunt's Mills Festival, Rumford, East Providence

*A Taste of Glocester Buffet Dinner, Chepachet, Glocester

June 27

*Monday Night Carousel Cruise Car Show, Providence

June 29

*Farmhouse Storytime, Bristol

June 30

*Concert Under the Elms, Providence

July 1

*Food Truck Fridays, Providence

July 2

*Savoring Federal Hill: An Insider's Culinary Tour, Providence

*More events

June 26th in Rhode Island history*

1973

*Spurred by the United States Supreme Court's 1972 decision in Furman v. Georgia, a special one day session is called to vote on An Act Relating to the Death Penalty. The act passes the Rhode Island House and Senate with a roll call vote in the Senate, 35 Ayes to 0 Nays.

1976

*Guns booming and cadets at attention, twelve of the world's Tall Ships parade into Newport Harbor—a grand spectacle from the past to celebrate America's Bicentennial. Also, Elvis Presley performs two sold-out shows at the Providence Civic Center.

2003

*A massive, nine-alarm fire destroys the Florence Dye Works mill complex in Woonsocket, which brought work to thousands of skilled laborers during much of the past century. At least ten people are treated for breathing difficulties due to the smoke. Two firefighters are treated for dehydration, and one is treated for chest pains. Firefighters from eight surrounding communities assist.

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