News 2012: Bristol County Savings Bank Freedom Festival at UMass Dartmouth July 3

News 2012: Bristol County Savings Bank Freedom Festival at UMass Dartmouth July 3
Bristol County Savings Bank Freedom Festival at UMass Dartmouth July 3

Featuring Santa Mamba, Entrain, members of UMass Dartmouth a cappella group Mental Note and fireworks

The Bristol County Savings Bank Freedom Festival at UMass Dartmouth, an alcohol-free, family-oriented event featuring great music and fireworks, will be held Tuesday, July 3 on the main campus quadrangle (RAIN DATE JULY 6). The festival, free and open to the public, is made possible by a grant from the Bristol County Savings Bank.

"We are proud to continue our partnership with UMass Dartmouth and offer this fun, family-oriented event to southeastern Massachusetts," said Patrick Murray, President of Bristol County Savings Bank. "The Freedom Festival is always a special evening which celebrates the area's community and national spirit. As a community bank, we are honored and pleased to do our part."

The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. with a concert by the Pop/Latin band Santa Mamba, followed by performances by Rock/Jazz/Zydeco oriented-Entrain at 7:45 p.m. and the University's own a cappella group Mental Note, performing patriotic songs before fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

In the event of rain, the concerts and fireworks will be held on Friday, July 6 at the same times.

A large turnout is expected. The campus will be open all day and guests are invited to arrive any time after 3 p.m. to find the best available seating. Visitors are encouraged to bring along picnic suppers, lawn chairs, bug spray and blankets to make themselves comfortable. Concession stands and vendors will also be selling a variety of foods and novelty products.

Traffic, public safety and parking plans are in place through the concerted efforts of university, local and state police. Vehicular access to campus will be closed when all on-campus parking spaces are filled and no later than 9 p.m. Parking will be banned along Old Westport Road throughout the evening. As this is a family-friendly event, no alcohol is permitted.

About Bristol County Savings Bank

Bristol County Savings Bank, founded in 1846, is a full-service financial institution offering commercial lending, personal and business banking, and mortgage services. The Bank currently operates 11 full-service branch offices throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Bank has also expanded its loan operations over the years with four dedicated loan centers in addition to its branch locations.

Bristol County Savings Bank began expanding into other avenues in 1995 with the acquisition of Anawon Trust in Attleboro, MA, the Bank's trust and investment advisory division which has successfully assisted businesses, individuals and non-profits with the management of their assets since 1989. In 2009, the Bank invested in the Farrell Backlund Insurance Agency, LLC, its majority-owned subsidiary, one of Southeastern Massachusetts' largest independent insurance agencies. This alliance allows the Bank to provide quality insurance options from more than 70 experienced insurance professionals.

The steady growth and expansion has resulted in $1.3 billion in assets and over 300 employees in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The key words at Bristol County Savings Bank are: "Commitment, Stability, and Community," values that are combined with state-of-the-art technology to meet the needs of its customers. A dedicated local community bank for over 165 years, Bristol County Savings Bank is actively involved in giving back to all the communities it serves both through financial support and the volunteerism of its people.

The Main Office and Corporate Headquarters of Bristol County Savings Bank are located on Broadway in Taunton, Massachusetts. For additional information please call 508-824-6626, or visit

About UMass Dartmouth
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is ranked among the top regional public universities in the Northeast by U.S. News and World Report. UMass Dartmouth serves nearly 9,500 students enrolled in more than 49 undergraduate and 26 graduate programs at the main campus in North Dartmouth and sites in Fall River and New Bedford.