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October 5 of every year is dedicated to the smallest state in the country with the shortest motto and the longest name, known as Rhode Island.

The SouthCoast’s neighbor, Rhode Island was the last of the colonies to join the union and the last to sign the Constitution because you always save the best for last. Or maybe we are a stubborn state, but either way, I love being from the Ocean State, and I am proud to celebrate National Rhode Island Day today.

To my fellow Ocean Staters, today is our day!

And to my SouthCoasters, it’s technically just another Monday for you, but here is why you should join in on the celebration.

Rhode Island may be small, but it’s big on food and history, much like the SouthCoast. Our two worlds have more in common than you think. We both offer some of the best seafood in the country, our rich history seeps onto our streets with murals and timeless works of art, and we both played massive roles in the earlier years of manufacturing (the SouthCoast with whale oil and Rhode Island with textiles).

We are both dreamers, innovators, foodies, and homebodies. We are both proud to be from this area, and even though it’s technically Rhode Island Day, I think the SouthCoast has every right to hop in on the celebration.

Here are a couple of reasons you may want to celebrate National Rhode Island Day. And if I couldn't convince you, don’t worry, National Massachusetts Day is on August 17.