Cranston was not always known as Cranston. In fact, for the first 100 years after its land was purchased from the Narragansett Indians in 1638, it was simply known as Pawtuxet, sharing a name with the river that ran through it. As settlers began to move into Pawtuxet, however, they started debating about what the new name for their city should be. These debates continued for decades until 1754 when Cranston agreed upon, making the city officially named after Governor Samuel Cranston, Rhode Island's longest serving governor.
Take a Dip in Budlong
Measuring 260 by 80 feet and holding over one million gallons of water, Cranston is home to one of the nation's largest outdoor pools. So if you are ever looking to cool off on a hot day, head on over to Budlong Pool. The pool is operated by Cranston's Parks and Recreation department, and is open to the public every summer from late June to mid-August. It is really the perfect place for Cranston residents and visitors to get their feet wet. For young swimmers, there are lessons available as well.
Enjoy the "Music in O
For even more summer fun, check out Cranston's "Music in Our Town" free concert series. These occur on Thursday evenings each summer, with performances taking place on the steps of the William Hall Library. So, if you want to sit back and enjoy a free show, you can swing by the library, which is located at 1825 Broad Street in Cranston. Performances range from jazz and big band music to popular hits from the most recent decades. No matter your taste, there is something for everyone to enjoy during a musical night in this historic city.